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The Nashville Predators’ European scouts have been very keen on identifying talent late in the draft year after year.Apparently the Kingston Frontenacs agree.The same Ontario Hockey League club that produced names like Florida Panthers prospect Erik Gudbranson, former Tampa Bay Lightning captain Chris Gratton and current Phoenix Coyotes netminder Mike Smith – along with former Preds Shane O’Brien and Drake Berehowsky – chose Mikko Vainonen with the sixth overall pick in the CHL Import Draft. He was the first defenseman taken.Vainonen was Nashville’s fourth round draft choice this past weekend at the 2012 NHL Draft.Every year, Canadian Major Junior teams (OHL, WHL and QMJHL) have the option to participate in the Import Draft. Each team can select up to two players from outside North America and add them to their roster. Must the players report to the teams that draft them? No. But it gives them the option to play on this side of the Atlantic if they so chose.A recent example of this ...
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