Saturday, 27 June 2015

Pilon joins Provorov as NHL Drafted Wheat Kings

Ryan Pilon
  The 2015 NHL Draft wrapped up Saturday with just one more member of the Brandon Wheat Kings being selected.

  Defenceman Ryan Pilon was chosen by the New York Islanders in the fifth round, 147th overall.

  Pilon fell further in the draft than many expected after being 24th among North American skaters in the final rankings by the NHL Central Scouting Service.

  He scored 11 goals and 52 points in 68 games with the Wheat Kings in 2014-2015, and joins the team with which his cousin Rich played more than 500 games over seasons between 1988 and 2000.

  Pilon also joins former Brandon captain Ryan Pulock in the Islanders' system.

  Pulock, the Islanders' first round pick in 2013, and Pilon were defence partners on the Wheat Kings for much of the 2013-2014 campaign.

  Pilon and Ivan Provorov were the only two Wheat King players selected in this year's NHL Draft.

  Provorov was chosen in the first round, seventh overall, by Philadelphia on Friday night.

  Other notes from the final six rounds of the NHL Draft Saturday included former Wheat King Jesse Gabrielle going to the Boston Bruins in the fourth round, and Keegan Kolesar of the Seattle Thunderbirds being the lone Manitoban chosen, going in the third round to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

  A total of 35 Western Hockey League players were selected in the draft, the most for any single league.

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