Kisio unsure how draft went

SCOTT FISHER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:50 AM ET

Like most people, Kelly Kisio couldn't find Slovenia on a map.

Doesn't matter. As long as he found a player from the small Eastern European country.

The Calgary Hitmen GM/head coach hopes he did just that yesterday.

Kisio selected 18-year-old Slovenian left-winger Bostjan Golicic with the 40th pick in yesterday's CHL import draft.

"I had to take the word of some of the scouts I know," Kisio said. "They said he's pretty skilled, can skate and played pretty well at the world championships in the B Pool."

The 5-ft. 11-in., 170-pounder scored 20 goals and 32 points in 19 games in the Slovenian junior league last season. Slovenia isn't known as a hockey hotbed but that could change with the emergence of Anze Kopitar, who scored 61 points as an NHL rookie with the L.A. Kings last season.

Kisio also dealt an eighth-round pick in the 2008 Bantam Draft to Chilliwack for the Bruins' second-round import pick. With that choice, 65th overall, he picked up Slovakian left-winger Martin Stepan, 18.

"He's not that big," Kisio said of the 5-ft. 10-in., 170-pounder. "But he's put up good numbers at every level he's played."

GMs are usually full of hope following the Bantam Draft and have a good idea of what they're getting. But the import draft is a different animal with teams drafting players based on opinions, rumours and reputations.

"I have absolutely no idea (how I feel)," Kisio said. "I guess we'll see in training camp."

The Hitmen are looking for Golicic and Stepan to fill the holes left by Swedes Freddie Pettersson, who went home to play pro, and Robin Figren, who was claimed by the Edmonton Oil Kings in the expansion draft.

Pettersson had 21 goals and 50 points in 52 games last season. Figren had a disappointing 27 points in 62 games but was the club's best player in the conference final against Medicine Hat.

ICE CHIPS

The Edmonton Oil Kings took Czech centre Tomas Vincour with the first-overall selection ... No, Michael Jordan isn't coming back to play a third sport. It just looks that way. The OHL's Windsor Spitfires selected Czech d-man Michal Jordan with the eighth pick.


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