Kitchener Rangers select two defenseman in 2019 CHL import draft.

The Kitchener Rangers entered the 2019 Canadian Hockey League import draft on June 27th and left with two new defensemen. The Rangers held the 35th pick overall in the first round and also retained the 95th overall pick in the second round.

The Kitchener Rangers selected rearguard Ville Ottavainen with the 35th selection overall, although it would ultimately register as the 34th pick as other teams did not select players.

Born in Oulu, Finland the six-foot defenseman has played his junior hockey with Karpat U-18 in Finland’s Junior B ranks. The 16-year-old rearguard tallied 34 points (9G-25A) in 49 games played in 2018-2019. Ville was a first-team all-star this past season.

The Rangers second-round selection was originally set for 95th overall, however, with teams before Kitchener electing to pass on their selections the Rangers actually had the 72nd pick.

With their 2nd round selection, Kitchener decided to select another defenseman. Swedish born Axel Bergkvist was selected with the 72nd selection in the 2019 CHL import draft by the Kitchener Rangers.

Axel fresh of the 2019 NHL entry draft as well, he was selected in the 7th round 200th overall by the Arizona Coyotes and now he joins the Rangers organization.

The 19-year-old Leksands IF rearguard had a tremendous year in Sweden as he finished his season with; Most goals by a defenseman (8), Most points by a defenseman (15) and earned a promotion to the SHL.

The Rangers take two defensemen in the two-round Canadian Hockey League import draft. Axel is under contract with his SHL team Leksands IF for 2019-2020, Kitchener will hope to have both players in the lineup this season.