The Saskatoon Blades swung a deal today to move up 30 spots in the CHL Import draft. They traded the 60th overall pick in the Import Draft and a 3rd rounder in the 2012 Bantam Draft to the Prince George Cougars, in exchange for pick #30 in the Import Draft.
Saskatoon then used that pick to select Russian goaltender Andrey Makarov. Makarov is 18 years old and stands 6'2. He spent last season with Lewiston of the QMJHL. He played in 27 games and posted a 3.37GAA and an .890 save percentage.
He was also draft eligible for the NHL draft, but went unselected.
Well known NHL draft blogger Kirk Luedeke posted an article on Makarov earlier this winter. Check it out. It's a feature he does called "Guys You Should Know".
To make a move like this up in the draft order, you would almost have to guarantee that the Blades have confirmation from Makarov that he will be willing to report to the team and will be happy to fight for minutes with 20 year old Adam Morrison.
If that's the case, this deal could be great for Saskatoon if Makarov is able to step in and provide quality minutes.