The Seattle Thunderbirds made a splash during the annual CHL import draft, selecting two forwards. Their most notable selection was Alexander True out of Denmark.
The 6’3″ 179 lb. center is considered by many NHL ready, and will likely be drafted in 2015. He received big praise from all of his former coaches, and guys he has played with say he is excellent at setting up scoring situations. He is a talented defender as well, and that speaks volumes for anyone trying to make it to the pro level.
True played in 16 games for Rungsted in the U17 league, earning 62 points on 38 goals and 24 assists. He later played in 11 games with the Rungsted team in the top Danish men’s league, but was unable to manage a point during that time, perhaps his only knock in scouting reports.
The other selection the Thunderbirds made was Florian Baltram of Austria. Another exciting addition to the team, Baltram was considered the best player of his age group when playing for a U-20 team. A bit undersized at 5’10″ and only weighing 170 pounds, Baltram made his mark with the Lower Austria Stars. He recorded 41 points in 42 games, totaling 17 goals and 24 assists.
With the T-Birds pre-season fast approaching, remember these names and keep your eyes open for them. These two just may be the additions needed for Seattle to be considered a top level WHL team again.