Lookin' across the pond

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 7:26 AM ET

The Edmonton Oil Kings have one spot left on their 50-player protected list - and they're hoping to fill it with a talented European.

But convincing him to come to Edmonton will have a lot of bearing on the player they select in next week's CHL import draft.

"It's a little bit of a different process, you get names thrown at you by agents and scouts, so you have to work both sides of it," Oil Kings GM Bob Green said yesterday.

NAMES

"You get the names from an agent, then you talk to a scout to see if he's any good. Vice versa, if you talk to a scout and he tells you that he's going to be a pretty good player, then you have to talk to his agent to see if he's going to come over here."

The Oil Kings have the top pick in Wednesday's draft. Having selected a European player in the expansion draft, they only have one spot left for an import.

"We're still looking at names," Green said. "They're coming in all the time, agents are constantly calling, so you have to look into it. It's quite a process.

"There's a chance you may not take the best kid available in the draft, but instead the best kid that'll come over and play."

BELARUS STAR

Regardless of who they go with, the Oil Kings are looking for someone who can put the puck in the net.

Traditionally top picks in the import draft are skilled players.

Mikhail Stefanovich from Belarus is considered one of the best players available this year.

"We haven't had a chance to talk to his agent yet," Green said.

"He's someone that has definitely been brought up to us, and we're going to have to look into it."


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