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Chovan and Nemec represent Wolves CHL Import Draft picks in 2024
2024-07-03
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Given the success the Sudbury Wolves enjoyed with their selection of Dalibor Dvorsky in the 2022 CHL Import Draft, it's hard to fault the local junior team for going back to his country of origin for both of their 2024 picks earlier today.

The Wolves nabbed fellow Slovakian forwards Jan Chovan and Adam Nemec just a few months after Dvorsky, a first round draft pick of the St Louis Blues in 2023 concluded his OHL season with staggering numbers: 45 goals and 43 assists in just 52 games.

Though neither potential newcomer is expected to provide quite the same impact as Dvorsky did, there is certainly hope that the pair might add some scoring depth to a Sudbury lineup that is expected to lose more than 150 goals of production, slightly less than half of their 2023-2024 offensive output, if you will.

A 6'2" 181 lb forward who toiled with both the Tappara U18/U20 teams this past winter, Chovan is expected to garner early round NHL interest for the 2025 Entry Draft, according to Wolves VP and General Manager Rob Papineau.

"We feel the OHL will put him head to head with the top draft eligible players in the world where he will thrive," noted Papineau in a team-issued release. "He is a very smart complete player."

In the second round, the Wolves decided upon Adam Nemec, the younger brother to New Jersey Devils defenceman and 2nd overall pick in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft, Simon Nemec.

Born late in the 2007 calendar year, the younger sibling notched 28 goals and 29 assists in 43 games with the HK Nitra U20 team, adding two more tallies in seven games while suiting up with Team Slovakia at the IIHF World U18 Championships.

"Adam is an elite skilled forward who can both score and set up teammates," said Papineau. "As a late birthday, we felt that he would really benefit from adjusting to the small ice surface in North America where he is positioned to have a very long pro career."

The Wolves will open their Orientation Camp this year, once again, just ahead of the main training camp, with the newcomers hitting the ice on (Monday) August 26th and the remainder of the crew joining in on (Wednesday) August 28th.

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