Ryan Pilon
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Ryan Pilon

Hometown:

Duck Lake Saskatchewan

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1996-10-10

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2015

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2015

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

5th Round (147th Overall), 2015

Weight:

206 lbs.

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History

2010-11: Ryan Pilon played for the Warman bantam AA team in Saskatchewan. He was selected by Lethbridge in the first round (third overall) in the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft.

2011-12:Pilon played two WHL games with Lethbridge as a 15-year-old and skated for Beardy’s Blackhawks in the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League. He was -4 with no points nor penalties in two cameo appearances with the Hurricanes. Pilon scored 8 goals with 16 assists and 56 penalty minutes in 32 games for third-place Beardy’s and had 1 assists and 2 penalty minutes in two playoff games. Pilon played for Team Saskatchewan at the Western Canada Challenge Cup and represented Canada in the 2012 Youth Olympic Games.

2012-13: Pilon skated in 57 games for Lethbridge in his first WHL season and was a team captain for the Canada Western U17 team at the 2013 World Hockey Challenge. He scored 5 goals with 23 assists and had an even plus/minus with 63 penalty minutes for the Hurricanes. Lethbridge finished last in the Central Division, four points behind Kootenay for he final Eastern Conference playoff spot. Pilon had 2 assists and 14 penalty minutes in five games for Canada Western at the WHC.

2013-14: Pilon played for Canada in the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in August before returning to Lethbridge for his second junior season. He skated in 17 games with the Hurricanes before being acquired by the Brandon Wheat Kings in a multiplayer trade in November 2013. Pilon finished the year with Brandon and played for the Canada U18 team in the 2014 World Junior Championship. In 66 WHL regular season games between the two teams he scored 7 goals with 29 assists and was -13 with 46 penalty minutes. Brandon finished third in the East Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Pilon scored 1 goal with 3 assists and was +1 with 11 penalty minutes in nine playoff games. He was +1 with no points nor penalty minutes in five games for Canada at the Ivan Hlinka tournament and had an even plus/minus with no points nor penalties in five games at the World Juniors in Finland.

2014-15: Pilon, overshadowed by Brandon teammate Ivan Provorov, was the ninth-leading scorer amongst WHL defensemen as the Wheat Kings dominated the Eastern Conference. He scored 11 goals with 41 assists and was +36 with 40 penalty minutes. Brandon finished first in the East Division and reached the WHL finals against Western Conference champion Kelowna. Pilon scored 1 goal with 11 assists and was -8 with 10 penalty minutes in 19 playoff games. Pilon skated for Team Orr in the 2015 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game and was ranked 24th amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by the New York Islanders in the fifth round (147th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft.

Talent Analysis

Pilon was one of the older first-year players in his draft class due to his October 10th birthday, which may have been an advantage in terms of his physical maturity and game experience. Pilon has been a big, physical presence in junior hockey and moves well in all directions for a big body.

Future

Pilon attended his first prospect camp with the Islanders over the summer before returning to Brandon for his third WHL season in 2015-16. He left the Wheat Kings in September 2015 and his hockey career is in limbo at this point. Pilon's skill set and physical makeup suggest he can be a two-way defenseman with some scoring elements to his game if he regains his passion of the sport.

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