Hawks Move Up, Select Niederreiter

niederreiter-nino_d9r4607The Portland Winterhawks moved from the 5th pick in the CHL Import Draft to the 2nd, swapping picks with the Moose Jaw Warriors (in exchange for a 4th Round Bantam Pick in 2010 and a 6th Round Bantam Pick in 2011) and selected 1992 born forward Nino Niederreiter from Switzerland.

Niederreiter becomes the first Swiss born player to be selected by Portland, and the first in the CHL since Luca Sbisa went to Lethbridge in the second round of 2007.

He is 6’1″, 203 and shoots left.  He was the only 1992 born player on the HC Davos Elite Jr. A Team in 2008-09, here are his career statistics:

2006-2007 Davos U18 Elite Novizen 32 43 19 62 38
2007-2008 Davos U18 Elite Novizen 32 39 26 65 62
Davos U20 Elite Jr. A 5 5 1 6 4
Switzerland U18 WJC-18 6 1 1 2 2
2008-2009 Davos U20 Elite Jr. A 30 20 14 34 44
Davos U18 Elite Novizen 6 6 6 12 6
Switzerland U18 WJC-18 6 3 3 6 16

Head Coach and GM Mike Johnston saw Niederreiter up close and personal at the most recent U18 Championships in Fargo, where Niederreiter was a point a game player for the Swiss team.

Also, Niederreiter was named the Best Forward at the European Youth Olympic Festival in February.

The Hawks own a second round pick that they could use later this afternoon in the CHL Import Draft.

In their history, the Hawks have had 24 players from Europe play in Portland…here are their stats, ranked by most points as a Hawk:

1 – Jozef Balej — 176 GP, 105-85-190, 103 PIM

2 – Jiri Beranek — 142 GP, 56-124-180, 105 PIM

3 – Richard Zednik — 126 GP, 79-88-167, 243 PIM

4 – Marcel Hossa — 188 GP, 65-99-164, 182 PIM

5 – Andrej Podkonicky — 135 GP, 55-90-145, 208 PIM

6 – Marian Hossa — 53 GP, 45-40-85, 50 PIM

7 – Radim Valchar — 139 GP, 30-35-65, 77 PIM

8 – Jannik Hansen — 64 GP, 24-40-64, 67 PIM

9 – Jakub Klepis — 70 GP, 14-50-64, 111 PIM

10 – Ondrej Vesely — 80 GP, 20-36-56, 64 PIM

11 – Thomas Bjuhr — 39 GP, 28-26-54, 23 PIM

12 – Stanislav Balan — 67 GP, 14-23-37, 102 PIM

13 – Viktor Sjodin — 102 GP, 19-18-37, 125 PIM

14 – Dmitri Markovsky — 57 GP, 9-17-26, 22 PIM

15 – Jan Koznar — 67 GP, 9-10-19, 56 PIM

16 – Tomas Jansson — 32 GP, 1-16-17, 122 PIM

17 – Stefan Langwieder — 59 GP, 2-14-16, 91 PIM

18 – Roman Prazak — 58 GP, 6-9-15, 43 PIM

19 – Ivan Dornic — 62 GP, 6-9-15, 33 PIM

20 – Tomas Fojtik — 65 GP, 2-13-15, 48 PIM

21 – David Turon — 36 GP, 3-6-9, 38 PIM

22 – Per Elofson — 15 GP, 2-6-8, 4 PIM

23 – Max Brandl — 12 GP, 1-2-3, 6 PIM

24 – Martin Bucek — 38 GP, 2-0-2, 18 PIM

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