Hawks Select Trunev…

With the third overall pick in the 2008 CHL Import Draft, the Portland Winter Hawks have selected from Severstal Cherepovets, 1990 born Right Wing Maxim Trunev.

Trunev is 5’11, 174 lbs. and was the 5th round selection, #138 overall, of the Montreal Canadiens in the NHL Entry Draft last weekend.

Trunev is described as an incredibly fast skater with good hands.  He has been over to North America to play in the Macs Tournament in Calgary and according to to the Winter Hawks site, he has taken part in the Okanagan Hockey School the past two summers, working with Hawks Coach Rich Kromm.

From reading some comments online from Montreal, they fully expect Trunev to play in North America this season. 

On the Hockey’s Future board, you can read some comments from Canadien fans regarding Trunev.

It has been an interesting start to the Import Draft with six of the first seven players taken being from Russia or have ties to Russia – only the Red Deer Rebels have gone away from the trend by selecting a Finnish defenseman.

That’s it for now…


  1. Trunev scored at the same rate as highly touted Russian draft pick Nikita Filatov in the Russian 3rd division last season, so he has offensive skills. Filatov was considered the second best forward prospect available for the NHL entry draft and was taken first overall in the CHL import draft. Trunev is about the same size and a few months younger than Filatov.

  2. He is a very good forward and as the chance to be an elite first liner in the NHL.

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