67's grab Swiss goalie

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:17 AM ET

The 67's feel like they have landed a can't miss Swiss prospect.

Hoping to add depth in the net, the 67's used yesterday's Canadian Hockey League import draft to select goalie Lukas Flueler from the Swiss league.

Flueler, who played junior hockey last season in Kloten, is eligible for the NHL draft in 2007 and was in Ottawa in April to attend a playoff game to get a look at the city.

67's coach and GM Brian Kilrea had considered moving up in the draft to select Flueler, but was given assurances he'd be fine taking him at No. 21.

"We got a tip from a couple of NHL scouts that this might be a player who could help us," Kilrea said afterward. "We need a goalie and from everything we've been told, Flueler can play.

"If you've got NHL scouts who have seen this guy, and know junior hockey, then you should listen to them. We want Flueler to come in here and compete for a job."

Ottawa was assisted by Fluerler's agent, Allan Walsh, who also represents Senators winger Martin Havlat.

Walsh said the 6-foot-3, 190-lb. Flueler is looking forward to playing in North America.

"He has always dreamed of playing in the NHL and some people think he's the most highly touted European goalie in recent memory," said Walsh.

"Lukas feels that his development will be more suited for the NHL coming over to North America at the first available opportunity. Lukas was impressed with the 67's. After meeting with (owner) Jeff Hunt and Brian Kilrea, he was convinced Ottawa was the right thing for him."

Kilrea said the No. 1 job won't be handed to Flueler when camp opens Aug. 31. He'll have beat out incumbent Brady Morrison, who is returning as a 19-year-old.

"We'll see how things play out in training camp," said Kilrea. "Brady really played well for us in the second half of last year.

"With Brady and Lukas, we feel good about the direction we're taking."

The Gatineau Olympiques, meanwhile, drafted Czech centre David Kveton with the 13th overall pick yesterday.


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