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First Round Import Selection Gera Poddubnyi Commits to Erie

Erie, Pennsylvania – Erie Otters General Manager Dave Brown announced today that the team’s first round selection in the 2016 Canadian Hockey League Import Draft, Gera Poddubnyi, has committed to the team and agreed to an Ontario Hockey League standard player agreement.

“We’re thrilled to receive commitment from Gera,” General Manager Dave Brown said. “He has great size, and the skill and compete that the Otters want each night. He’s a world class addition to our organization.”

Poddubnyi, a 6’2”, 165-pound forward, spent the 2015-16 season with the Philadelphia Jr. Flyers. The Sarov, Russia native led the Tier 1 Elite Hockey League U-16 with 25 goals and 48 points. The Otters used their first round pick to select Poddubnyi 58th overall in the 2016 CHL Import Draft. The 17-year-old is eligible for the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

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