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Warriors trade rights to import goaltender Wallstedt to Portland

Questions surrounding arrival of 2019 first-round import draft pick leads to deal to Winterhawks
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The questions surrounding the upcoming Canadian Hockey League Import Draft and the status of Moose Jaw Warriors prospect Jesper Wallstedt have officially been answered. 

The Warriors announced Tuesday morning they have traded the rights to Wallstedt to the Portland Winterhawks in exchange for a sixth-round selection in the 2023 Western Hockey League Draft.

Wallstedt is currently the top-ranked European goaltender heading into July’s National Hockey League Entry Draft and is consistently listed as a top-10 overall selection.

The Warriors selected Wallstedt in the first round, 46th overall in the 2019 Import Draft, but the Sweden-born netminder elected to remain home and play professional hockey. He suited up for Lulea in Sweden’s top division this past winter and played 22 games, putting up a 2.23 goals against average and .908 save percentage against players decades his elder.

The Warriors have retained the rights to Czech Republic forward Martin Rysavy, and as a result will have a single pick in the 2021 Draft on June 30.