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Notebook: Moose will pick third import; Gibson could surprise

The Halifax Mooseheads expect to have winger Martin Frk and defenceman Konrad Abeltshauser fill their two import spots next season, but they’re still planning to make a pick in the Canadian Hockey League import draft on Wednesday, June 27.

The Mooseheads, who traded their first-rounder (37th overall) to the Sherbrooke Phoenix last Saturday for the expansion club’s first-round import pick in 2013, have just one pick in the second round, 97th overall.

Mooseheads general manager Cam Russell said he will likely make a high-risk, high-reward choice to acquire a player who doesn’t plan on coming over for 2012-13 but who might consider it in the future.

As long as the player doesn’t report, the Mooseheads retain his rights, even if both Frk and Abeltshauser play for the Mooseheads next season.

GIBSON'S GOT GAME: There's nothing that jumps off the page about Mooseheads seventh-round pick Nicholas Gibson of Boutiliers Point. He's a six-foot-one, 175-pound defenceman who had three points in 18 games last season.

But according his major midget head coach with the Halifax Titans, one-time NHLer Kirk Tomlinson, the Mooseheads snagged a solid prospect who was available later in the draft because of a concussion-plagued campaign. Gibson was a high-scoring blueliner at the bantam AAA level, cracking the provincial all-star team, and has been a top player on Hockey Nova Scotia's under-14 and -15 teams.

“He had a rough season … but all the guys on the inner circles know what he’s capable of,” Tomlinson said. “He’s just a solid all-around defenceman. He has an offensive flair to him but not sacrificing any of his defensive capabilities. His greatest gift is his mind for the game. He understands the game and he’ll very easily adapt to the pace of the Q.”

PART OF THE CELEBRATION:  As documented on his Twitter account, @mackinnon9, Mooseheads star Nathan MacKinnon was in Los Angeles on Monday night to watch the Kings win the Stanley Cup.

"Goosebumps watching the Kings win the Cup tonight, city is going nuts," tweeted MacKinnon, who is ranked No. 1 for the 2013 NHL draft by Red Line Report.

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