When the Halifax Mooseheads open training camp in August, they expect Konrad Abeltshauser to be there.

The Mooseheads selected the 17-year-old blue-liner from Bad Tolz of Germany’s top junior league with the No. 28 pick in Tuesday’s Canadian Hockey League import draft.

“We talked to his agent before we selected him and he’s excited to come to North America and play,” said Mooseheads head coach and general manager, Cam Russell. “He wants to be a hockey player and this is the best route for him.”

The 6-foot-3, 196-pounder led all defenceman in scoring in Germany and tied for seventh overall with 16 goals and 28 assists for 44 points in 36 games. Russell saw him play at April’s world under-18 championship and said Abeltshauser is highly regarded by his European scouting connections.

“Defensively very solid, moves the puck well, put up good numbers,” he said. “He’s an all-around defenseman, he’s the right age. He fits the bill for the direction we’re heading.”

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