Test U18: Österreich – Lettland #17 Devin Steffler, #7 Rudolfs Polcs. Eissportzentrum St.Pölten ©Puckfans.at/Andreas Robanser

As Pick # 11 chose the “Barrie Colts” as the first, the 18 -year-old goalkeeper Arthurs Shilovs, who was also selected at the NHL draft two weeks ago by Vancouver Canucks. In the past season, the Colts could not qualify for the play-offs, although he was a year earlier champions in their division. Silovs performed very well at the U18 World Championship and achieved a catch rate of 91.8%. In the past season he reached in the MHL at HK Riga 92% and HS Riga, in the Latvian league, 91.4%.

As the second Latvian player, pick # 18 center-forward Rudolf Polcs was selected by the Quebec League team “Val-d’Or Foreurs”. Last year, the team reached the playoffs, but lost in the first round after seven games with 3-4. Polcs was in action at the U18 and U20 World Championships. During the season he played for HK Riga in the MHL 53 games (11G / 6A) and for HS Riga, in the Latvian league, four games.

As the third Latvian player, Harijs Brants of Chicoutimi Sagueneens, from the Quebec League, was voted pick # 33 in Round 1. In the regular championship, it was the third-strongest team in the Eastern Conference, but the battle for the title ended in the first play-off round. The 17-year-old defender played in the U18 and U20 World Championships, scoring 2 points each (1G / 1A). In the MHL he played for HK Riga. As the youngest player he scored 13 points (5G / 8A) in 49 games.

The quartet was completed with Raivis Kristians Ansons. The 17-year-old wing was drawn in the second round as pick # 105 by the Baie-Comeau Drakkar from the Juniors League (QMJHL). Ansons comes from the Latvian junior league and was active in the SK Riga and also for the HS League. Last season he was also in the squad for Latvia in the U18 and U20 World Cup.