Giants Select 2002-Born Defenceman Samuel Knazko in the 2019 CHL Import Draft


With the 59th overall pick in the 2019 CHL Import Draft, the Vancouver Giants selected 2002-born Slovakian defenceman Samuel Knazko.


Knazko, a left-handed shot checks in at 6’0” and 170-pounds. Last season he played with TPS Turku U-20 in Finland and managed two goals and 15 assists for 17 points. He served as an alternate captain for Slovakia at the World Under-18’s and also suited up in 16 additional international games, scoring three goals and four assists for seven points. During the 2017-18 season, Knazko represented Slovakia at the World Under-18’s as an under-ager. He is eligible for the 2020 NHL Draft.

“According to our sources, Samuel was one of the best defencemen available in this draft. His international resume is impressive to say the least,” said Giants GM Barclay Parneta after making the selection this morning.

Notable Slovaks to suit up for the Giants include: Andrej Meszaros, Mario Bliznak, Andrej Kudrna, Radovan Bondra and most recently Milos Roman.

The Giants will not be making a second selection during today’s CHL Import Draft.

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