The Barrie Colts are proud to announce today that they have selected goalie Mathias Niederberger with the 25th overall selection in the 2011 Canadian Hockey League Import Draft.

Niederberger, 18, from Duesseldorf, Germany played last season with the Deg Metro Stars of the DEL.

The 5’11”, 160-pound goalie will be eligible for the NHL Entry Draft in 2012.       

Barrie moved back in the Import Draft following a handful of trades on Monday that saw the Colts ship the first overall pick to the London Knights in exchange for a pair of draft picks, defenceman Reid McNeill and London’s 25th overall pick in today’s draft. 

The Knights got the draft started at 9:00 a.m. by using the number one pick to draft Olli Maatta, a 6’2″ defenceman from Finland.  You can follow along with all the picks by clicking here.

The addition of Niederberger creates an even more crowded crease in Barrie, as he joins Clint Windsor, John Chartrand, Josh Malecki and second rounder Alex Fotinos.  

Barrie traded away the only Import player on their roster on Monday, sending last year’s 11th overall pick in the Import Draft Petr Beranek to the Kingston Frontenacs for a third round pick in the OHL Priority Selection.

That trade paved the way for the Colts to make their biggest move on Monday, acquiring 6’4″ Russian forward Ivan Telegin from the Saginaw Spirit.  Colts Trades.

Before drafting Petr Beranek 11th last season the Colts drafted Alexander Burmistrov with the 12th overall pick in the 2009 CHL Import Draft.  Burmistrov would flourish in his only season in Barrie and eventually became an eighth overall selection of the Atlanta Thrashers in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.  Past Picks.

Barrie will kick off the second round of the Import Draft with the 61st overall pick.

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