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03-01-2011, 12:31 AM
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Stars sign free Agent D-Man Brendan Dillon from Seatle Thunderbirds of WHL.

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Stars have agreed to terms with T-birds captain and free agent d-man Brendan Dillon. 6-3, 49pts, 63games. Deal will be finalized tuesday.
Undrafted 21 year old D man, seems to have had a break out year in the juniors this year.

http://www.whl.ca/roster/show/id/1069 - his profile.

Probably a depth move for Cedar Park next year.

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Cool. Gagnon signed as an over-ager (drafted but unsigned) FA too. You need these guys, if even just for organizational depth.

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Wow, he's a big kid. This is a good signing for CP.

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6'3, 210 Defense man just coming out of puberty and only 16 points less than Glennie in same league? niiiiiiiccceeeee

someones doing their job

sadly has to already be one of our better D prospects

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http://www.youtube.com/embed/761PgbjkdtY lets hope he doesn't play as bad as he fights


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turns out dillion is the one in white.. ifail

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I went to school with this guy, kind of shocked learning about this today!

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Undrafted 21 year old D man, seems to have had a break out year in the juniors this year.
He's 20.

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I approve of this signing.

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This guy is the best free source for WHL scouting reports. At one point he was, and may still be, a scout for Red Line:

http://nhldraftnotes.blogspot.com/20...attle-whl.html

Someone said he was 21, but he was born on 11/13/90 so he just turned 20. He's actually in the same situation as Tomas Vincour. His late birth meant he could have gone to the AHL this year, but he's only 3 months older than Glennie.

We sometimes discount an overagers production in the CHL, but while I think he is technically an overager, I wouldn't do it in this situation with a late birth. There are plenty of 20 year olds in the WHL. This isn't a guy just completely tearing up teenagers, but the maturity obviously has some factor in it.

That said, one solid season of production probably doesn't prove anything. He's most likely still just a stay-at-home D. One thing that does look positive, are his PIMs. The report mentions he wasn't very physical or tough in his draft year, but the ramp up in PIM could suggest he's added that to his game. That's pure speculation though because I'm not sure where you could find a breakdown of actual penalties. Who knows, he could just take a ridiculous amount of touch fouls.

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Nice signing, I think. I don't know much about this guy.

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63 games, 50 points but a -20 lol
But good depth signing.

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He's a on a bad Seattle team who faces the high-flying Portland offense quite often. I would pay zero attention to his +/-.
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One thing that does look positive, are his PIMs. The report mentions he wasn't very physical or tough in his draft year, but the ramp up in PIM could suggest he's added that to his game. That's pure speculation though because I'm not sure where you could find a breakdown of actual penalties. Who knows, he could just take a ridiculous amount of touch fouls.
A good portion of his penalties are of a violent nature. Here's the breakdown:

Infraction#
in minutes
Fighting8
40
Roughing7
14
Tripping5
10
Elbowing4
8
Holding4
8
Interference4
8
Boarding3
6
Unsporstmanlike Conduct3
6
Cross-Checking3
6
Slashing3
6
Delay of Game3
6
High-Sticking1
2
Checking from Behind1
2
Goaltender Interference1
2
Kneeing1
2
Hooking1
2
   
TOTAL:52
128

He also has 2 10-minute misconducts which do not show up in the official cumulative totals.

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He could be a late bloomer, saw an article where he was 5'3" when he was 14 and later in the article it said he'd grown a foot in the last few years.

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Hopefully he can keep up his physical ways as he progresses. Off the top of my head I can't think of a truly physical, brutish defenseman in the system.

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I think you guys will like Dillon. Plays a good all around game and can play in all situations. He's positionally sound, plays with some edge, good size, and actually moves the puck pretty well also. He developed slowly, which I would mostly attribute to growth spurts and having to grow into his body. He has worked really hard, and is a leader on the Tbirds and a fan favorite.

As stated, his +/- isn't something to hold against him. He plays top minutes on a team that's frankly not so great, and is expected to go up against the top players every night and still put up points. It's more a reflection of the team he plays for.

He's a guy that'll have to continue to work hard meet his potential and stick in the NHL, but I have little doubt that he will.


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Any chance he's on the clear day roster for Texas?

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This guy is the best free source for WHL scouting reports. At one point he was, and may still be, a scout for Red Line:

http://nhldraftnotes.blogspot.com/20...attle-whl.html

Someone said he was 21, but he was born on 11/13/90 so he just turned 20. He's actually in the same situation as Tomas Vincour. His late birth meant he could have gone to the AHL this year, but he's only 3 months older than Glennie.

We sometimes discount an overagers production in the CHL, but while I think he is technically an overager, I wouldn't do it in this situation with a late birth. There are plenty of 20 year olds in the WHL. This isn't a guy just completely tearing up teenagers, but the maturity obviously has some factor in it.

That said, one solid season of production probably doesn't prove anything. He's most likely still just a stay-at-home D. One thing that does look positive, are his PIMs. The report mentions he wasn't very physical or tough in his draft year, but the ramp up in PIM could suggest he's added that to his game. That's pure speculation though because I'm not sure where you could find a breakdown of actual penalties. Who knows, he could just take a ridiculous amount of touch fouls.
"This is a very good junior stay-at-home d-man, but that's all I see." An NHL club (Dallas) saw different.
" he's going to get drafted." he was not drafted
"Likely be a mid- or late-rounder." as above

Mike did work for Red Line he is now with the NYI as a scout.

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I think that scouting report is a couple of years old though if they're talking about him getting drafted.

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Ya and he obviously had a break out year and growth spurt. Late developer. Good on our scouts for catching him. Could turn in to something nice, and even if not, he'll probably help Cedar Park at some point.

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Any chance he's on the clear day roster for Texas?
I think, could be wrong, the clear day roster is only for pro players.

I'm certain that NCAA players who sign contracts over the next few weeks don't have to be on it to play. Guys like Andy Miele (top senior UFA) or someone in the system like Reilly Smith could immediately join in play.

I believe the situation is the same for CHLers. Assuming their junior team is out of the playoffs, they can join an AHL or ECHL team and play in the playoffs. They're not required to be on the clear day.

EDIT .... and I already read someone say assuming Seattle misses the playoffs, which seems likely, he'd more than likely join Texas. That doesn't prove anything about the clear day though. If he had to be on it, they have time to add him. I just don't think it's necessary.

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I have seen this guy play throughout his entire WHL career. He has had a breakout season for sure, no one expected the numbers he has put up this year. He is a great skater and he is always up in the play. He is solid defensively but he isnt very physical for his size but this has certaintly been improving over the course of the year. he pinches at bad times which often leaves his D partner out to dry but with his speed he can sometimes get back. Takes dumb penalties as well. Overall he is really raw but has tremendous upside I would certaintly expect a few years in the AHL before he could potentially make the jump. Great signing for you guys.

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I went to school with him and played with him regularly. Pretty cool to see him make it to the show.

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Razor on the PHO broadcast even mentioned him and said Dallas scout thought he was best unsigned 20 year old in WHL. FWIW

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