2008-09: Brenden Dillon played 70 games for Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL), going goal less but picking up 10 assists. The defender racked up 68 PIMs.
2009-10: In his third year with the Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL), Dillon scored 2 goals, adding 12 assists. He increased his PIMs to 101.
2010-11: Dillon obliterated his previous career highs in goals (8, up from 2), assists (51, up from 12) and points (59, up from 14) during his overage season with the Seattle Thunderbirds. He did so in such an impressive fashion that he earned an entry-level contract from Dallas in March that saw him move to Texas of the AHL for the last ten games of the regular season and then six more games in the playoffs. Dillon didn’t look out of place and drew rave reviews from even veteran teammates.
2011-12: Dillon made his NHL debut, seeing 20 minutes of action in Dallas’ final game of the season against St. Louis. He provided both play-making ability and physicality for AHL affiliate Texas in his first pro season. Dillon was tied with Jordie Benn for most assists amongst Texas Stars defensemen (23) while finishing second on the stars with 97 penalty minutes. He also scored 6 goals and was minus-six and was one of three players to play in all 76 games for Texas. The Stars missed the AHL playoffs; finishing last in the West Division.
2012-13: Dillon was among the NHL’s top rookie defensemen skating for the Dallas Stars following the NHL lockout and played for Canada in the 2013 IIHF World Championship. He played in all 48 games and scored 3 goals with 5 assists and was +1 with 65 penalty minutes. Dillon was one of four Stars defensemen to average over 21 minutes of ice time per game. In eight games for Canada he scored 1 goal and was +3. Canada lost to gold medal-winning Sweden in the quarterfinals. Dillon played for the AHL’s Texas Stars during the lockout; scoring 3 goals with 11 assists and finishing -1 with 45 penalty minutes.
The definition of a late-bloomer as Dillon has grown nearly a foot since being passed over in the WHL Bantam Draft some years ago. Now he has major league size and knows how to use it. He’s a big, rangy blueliner with good mobility for his somewhat-recently acquired size. He exhibits good hockey sense and understands what’s going on at all times. Plays a physical brand of hockey and isn’t afraid to drop the mitts if the situation warrants. Strong, imposing. His puck movement is passable but he has a limited offensive ceiling.
Dillon has been dealt by the Dallas Stars to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for Jason Demers.