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Canadian Premier League announces U Sports draft results

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Gabriel Bitar of Carleton University went first overall to Cavalry FC.

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The clubs of the Canadian Premier League made their selections in the first-ever U Sports player draft this morning, and we now know at least some of the players who will be in the mix for all seven teams.

The draft was three rounds long with a snake order, so 21 total players were chosen from Canadian universities. Cavalry FC had the first overall pick, which they used on Carleton University forward Gabriel Bitar.

In all, 15 Canadians were chosen, with 13 players going to a team in their home province. Six international players were also taken, with German Peter Schaale — a product of Cape Breton University — going fifth overall to HFX Wanderers FC.

Personally, I’m a fan of Forge FC’s selection of Jace Kotsopoulos from Guelph, who has been ripping up the OUA for the Gryphons this year with 15 goals and 4 assists. True to his word, HFX Wanderers FC boss Stephen Hart looks to be building from the net and back end out, picking two defenders (Schaale and Frenchman Andre Bona from UQAM), as well as a goalkeeper in local boy Christian Oxner.

We’ll have a more extensive breakdown on some of these players in the near future, but for now here are the full results, with some very rudimentary early statistics to help clarify the picture just a little bit.

Which players are you intrigued by? Who would you like to know more about?

Full Results:

Round 1

Round 2

Round 3