EVERETT, Wash. – The Everett Silvertips (@WHLSilvertips) selected right wingers Eetu Tuulola of Finland in the first round (40th overall) and Mario Mucka of Slovakia in the second round (100th overall) of the 2016 Canadian Hockey League Import Draft, Silvertips general manager Garry Davidson announced today.
“We went into the Import Draft aiming for candidates who could address urgent needs on our club and we’re excited with the opportunity to select a pair of prospects in Eetu and Mario,” said Davidson. “Watching Eetu’s game in under-17 and under-18 events clarifies his development into a bonafide CHL Import pick and NHL Entry Draft pick as a big power forward with a heavy shot. Mario is a highly-recommended forward who brings a reputation as a player with good stick work and a legitimate skill set.”
Tuulola, 18, was additionally selected by the Calgary Flames in the sixth round (156th overall) in the 2016 National Hockey League Entry Draft. The native of Hämeenlinna, Finland was ranked 19th by NHL Central Scouting among skaters (European) entering this year’s draft, and participated in the NHL Scouting Combine in Buffalo.
The 6-foot-3, 227-pound forward skated for HPK U20 in the Jr. A SM-liiga league last season, earning nine goals and 14 points (9g-5a) in 29 games. In 62 career games with the league, Tuulola has posted 42 points (30g-12a) and 30 goals along with a +9 rating. He suited up for Finland at the U18 World Junior Championship, helping guide the program to a gold medal with four points in seven games of competition.
Tuulola also represented Finland’s Under-18 squad at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, earning four points (2g-2a) in five games. His father, Marko, was a defenseman for 25 seasons in the Finnish Elite League, the Swedish Hockey League, and Switzerland’s National League A, additionally representing Finland at the 2001-02 World Championship. Eetu’s brother, Joni, is a 20-year old defenseman in Finland and was selected by the Chicago Blackhawks in the sixth round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
Mucka, 17, was third in scoring for the Nitra U18 program last season, earning 44 points (20g-24a) in 30 games. He was second in assists (24), third in goals (20), and fourth in plus-minus (+23). In 61 games of career action in the Slovakia U18 league, he has amassed 61 points (26g-35a) and a +20 rating.
Complete CHL Import Draft history for the Silvertips can be found at everettsilvertips.com. Full results of the 2016 CHL Import Draft can be found online at chl.ca/importdraft. The Silvertips will announce their upcoming training camp schedule soon.
2016-17 SCHEDULE, TICKET INFORMATION
The Silvertips will open the 2016-17 schedule with a “home-and-home” series against the Vancouver Giants, launching Friday, Sept. 23 in Langley, B.C. at 7:30 p.m. followed by the Silvertips home opener against the Giants, Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. at XFINITY Arena. Priority seating and guaranteed home opener tickets in downtown Everett are now available by placing a $50 deposit for Silvertips season ticket or mini-plan packages (available in full season, 22-game or 14-game plans) at www.everettsilvertips.com/season or by calling (425) 252-5100.