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LD Ryan Pilon - Brandon Wheat Kings, WHL (2015, 147th, NYI) -early retirement

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12-02-2012, 06:45 PM
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LD Ryan Pilon - Brandon Wheat Kings, WHL (2015, 147th, NYI) -early retirement

Figured I'd start a thread to begin tracking this kid. Is a WHL rookie but has been fantastic this season after being the 3rd overall pick in the 2011 Bantam Draft.

Stands at 6'2 and 197 pounds and is a late-1996 birthday, making him eligible for the 2015 draft.

I've had the chance to watch Lethbridge about a half-dozen times this season so far and he's been their best player in about half of those viewings. He's been mostly paired with 2013 draft prospect Macoy Erkamps in the games I've seen and they've been counted on to play the main minutes on the blueline.

Skates pretty well, is rugged but his offensive abilities are the things that stand out. Great shot, good passer and just makes things happen at even strength and on the PP.

In 22 games this year he already has 4 goals and 10 assists for 14 points with a +5 rating and 12 PIMs.

Keep your eyes and ears open for this kid.

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Any relation to Rich Pilon from the Isles?

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Weird thing is I heard of his younger cousin Garrett first lol

Can't wait to see him at the U17's, definitely one of those high end guys to watch in that tourney

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Yes, it's his uncle.

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If he makes it alot of puns will be made on HF of his name, especially being a D.

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A Dman named Pilon is destined to fail. Or at least incur the wrath of a thousand puns whenever he messes up

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A Dman named Pilon is destined to fail. Or at least incur the wrath of a thousand puns whenever he messes up
I haven't watched Lethbridge a lot this season, but I think his name is pronounced as pee-lawn, but RS probably knows.

RS who do see as better potential, Fleury ('14) or Pilon? Because they sound a lot like the same type of defenseman.

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Rich Pilon was such a dirty player. It is so funny to see fans these days whine and complain about the likes of Raffi Torres when it was just ten years ago that guys like Bryan Marchment and Rich Pilon were stalking NHL ice.

Actual photo of Rich Pilon's shoulder pads....


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A Dman named Pilon is destined to fail. Or at least incur the wrath of a thousand puns whenever he messes up
Pee-lon. Not pie-lon.

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Pee-lon. Not pie-lon.
NHL fans came up with gems like Fanner Glass and Cindy Crosby. No one cares about semantics like correct pronunciation

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I haven't watched Lethbridge a lot this season, but I think his name is pronounced as pee-lawn, but RS probably knows.

RS who do see as better potential, Fleury ('14) or Pilon? Because they sound a lot like the same type of defenseman.
Yeah, it's pee-lon.

And I would say Pilon is definitely going to be a more well-rounded player, but Fleury could have the edge offensively. He's such a great skater.

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Love this guys game. Not eligible until 2015. Very mature. Already one of Lethbridge's best defenseman

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Playing on Sportsnet tonight for those interested. And yes, you should be interested.

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Was just going to post a thread for him. He is having an amazing year so far for a 16 year old dman.

16 points and +6 in 25 games. He's stepped in and played top-4 minutes, everything from PK to even strength and top PP unit. Can't wait to see him continue to develop. You should definitely check him out tonight if you're able to.

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With a name like that, it's a good job he's such a good defenceman, otherwise he'd be crucified everytime he got beat!

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Playing on Sportsnet tonight for those interested. And yes, you should be interested.
I was actually watching this game when i stumbled upon this thread.

Lethbrigde hit, like what 5 posts or crossbars in the last 10 minutes which they totally dominated but couldn't score as Kelowna is on a huge run right now.

Pilon looks very very good.

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left the team & requested a trade... So it doesn't just happen in the Q?

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Wonder what happened.

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Link to the article:
http://www.lethbridgehurricanes.com/...an-leaves-team

doesn't say why but I'm sure there will be someone with a story soon

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Good for him, Lethbridge seems like a mess right now.

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I wouldn't worry too much. He's not the only one who's left the team this year. The problem seems to be coaching and management, not the players. Believe it or not, the Hurricanes haven't made the playoffs since 2009.

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Lethbridge is just imploding.

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http://whl.ca/article/wheat-kings-an...nes-make-trade

Great deal for Brandon, as they get the best player and the best prospect in the deal.
They have a great looking core going forward.

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to the Brandon Wheat Kings

http://www.wheatkings.com/article/wh...ngs-land-pilon

edit: damn you, beat me by half a second

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Wow great trade for the Wheat Kings. Brandon will have a true contender in a couple years.

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It's too bad they hosted the Cup a few years back. They look like they might be a juggernaut for 2016.

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