EVERETT – The Everett Silvertips today announced that in order to use the tenth overall pick in the 2013 CHL Import Draft, the club has been forced to release 1994-born forward Stathis Soumelidis. Canadian Hockey League teams are allowed only two import spots on their 50-player protected lists, and the move allows Everett to make room for a first-round selection in the July 3 Import Draft.
“Holding the tenth pick in the European draft, we know we’ve got a great chance to bring a top-flight player into our organization,” said General Manager Garry Davidson. “The opportunity is just too good for our hockey team to pass up right now."
"With that said, it’s regrettable that we have to release Stathis. He’s a quality person who added a great deal of character to our locker room last year. He’s a hard worker, a good teammate and a warrior on the ice who will do anything to help his team. We would definitely want him here next year if not for his import status and wish him all the best going forward.”
Soumelidis, 19, was Everett’s second-round selection (71st overall) in the 2012 CHL Import Draft. A product of Brno in the Czech Republic, the physical winger appeared in 67 of 72 games for the Silvertips during the regular season and another six contests in the playoffs.
In addition to his contribution of four goals and 11 points on the score sheet, Soumelidis led the team with 119 penalty minutes. 85 of those minutes derived from 17 fighting majors, tying him for third among all WHL rookies and placing him just behind the league leaders in that category.
Everett’s other import spot is held by Swiss defenseman Mirco Mueller, 18, who is expected to be a first or second-round selection in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft on June 30. Mueller was last year’s Silvertips Rookie of the Year after ranking second among all WHL rookie defensemen with 31 points (6g/25a) in 63 games. He is currently ranked 11th among all draft-eligible skaters playing in North America by the NHL’s Central Scouting Bureau.
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