Dillon Fournier
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Dillon Fournier

Hometown:

Dorval Quebec

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1994-06-15

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2012

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2012

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

2nd round (48th overall), 2012

Weight:

173 lbs.

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History

2009-10: Dillon Fournier garnered a lot of attention for his play with the Lac Saint-Louis Lions midget AAA team as the Lions came up just short of the Telus Cup – falling to College Antoine-Girouard in the Quebec finals. In 39 regular season games he had 12 assists with 24 penalty minutes and he recorded 3 assists with 40 penalty minutes in 21 playoff games. Fournier was the first overall selection in the 2010 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Entry Draft – being selected by Lewiston.

2010-11: Fournier skated in 60 games for Lewiston in his first QMJHL season and represented Quebec in the 2011 U17 World Hockey Challenge. Joining his older brother Stefan, a forward who scored 20 goals in his second season with the the MAINEiacs, Dillon Fournier scored 3 goals with 11 assists and was plus-nine with 38 points. Lewiston, which finished second in the East Division, advanced to the playoff semifinals. In 11 playoff games, Dillon Fournier had 2 assists and was plus-one with 15 penalty minutes. In six games for Team Quebec at the WHC he had 1 goal with 2 assists and 8 penalty minutes.

2011-12: Fournier was selected by Rouyn-Noranda with the first pick in the Dispersal Draft after Lewiston folded. He saw a lot of ice time on a Huskies team that was one of the QMJHL’s weaker clubs. Despite missing time with a shoulder injury, Fournier was the second-leading scorer amongst Huskies defensemen, finishing with 9 goals and 29 assists in 52 games. He was minus-eight with 59 penalty minutes. After finishing last in the West Division, the Huskies were swept by Shawinigan in a four-game playoff series. Fournier did not play in any of those games. Ranked 136th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings prior to the 2012 NHL Draft he was selected by Chicago in the second round (48th overall).

2012-13: Fournier skated in 59 games for Rouyn-Nouranda after missing time early in the season due to injury and was a nice compliment to playmaking over-age defenseman Mathieu Brisebois for the Huskies. Fournier scored 6 goals with 18 assists and was +8 with 61 penalty minutes. The Huskies were second in the West Division and reached the QMJHL semifinals against eventual Memorial Cup champion Halifax. Fournier scored 4 goals with 8 assists and was +8 with 14 penalty minutes in 14 playoff games.

2013-14: Fournier skated in 36 games for the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies in his fourth QMJHL season before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury in December. He scored 13 goals with 19 assists and was plus-10 with 54 penalty minutes. The Huskies finished finished fifth in the West Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Fournier signed a three-year, entry-level contract with Chicago in March 2014.

2014-15: Fournier skated in 21 games for Chicago AHL affiliate Rockford after making his pro debut with the expansion Indy Fuel in the ECHL. He had 3 assists and was +1 with 16 penalty minutes with the IceHogs as a 20-year-old. Fournier played 34 games for Indy, scoring 2 goals with 5 assists and finishing -20 with 13 penalty minutes. The Fuel finished sixth in the North Division, three points behind Wheeling for a playoff spot. 

Talent Analysis

Fournier is a puck-mover with great skating ability whose development has been slowed by injuries. Playing in pro hockey as a 20-year-old, he had the struggles with consistency not uncommon for a young player. He is still a work in progress, and continues to add the conditioning and strength he lacked after long periods of inactivity. With a deep group of defenseman in the Blackhawks' organization he will have time to develop but his skill level suggests he can be a talented two-way defender.

Future

Fournier enters his second pro season in 2015-16 looking to secure a full-time role with Chicago AHL affiliate Rockford. He showed promise with the IceHogs at the end of last season when promoted from ECHL Indy and has the technical skills to play at that level. Long-term Fournier is viewed as a highly-skilled skating defender but whether the former second-pick is able to live up to the potential he showed prior to his injuries is uncertain.

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