The Kitchener Rangers learned that they will in fact get a special protection status on centre Radek Faksa.
That means the club can draft two imports in the July 3 draft while keeping the rights to Faksa should he return from the Dallas Stars camp.
The team had the same deal last season in a clause set up for first round NHL draft picks. Kitchener used it and selected Juraj Bezuch out of Slovakia by way of the WHL.
The ruling allowed the Rangers to carry three imports but ultimately keep just two on the roster. It served as insurance in case Faksa made the NHL. Once he was returned, the Rangers had to trade/release one of their imports. Last year, Bezuch was traded to Windsor.
Until this week, it was unclear whether the ruling applied to players solely in their draft year. The London Knigths will be in a similar situation with blueliners Olli Maatta and Nikita Zadorov.
The Rangers have the 23rd and 101st pick in the import draft.