The Kamloops Blazers selected right-shot center Josh Pillar with the 14th overall pick of the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft.
Pillar played this last season for the Sask Valley Vipers of the Saskatchewan Bantam AA League. The 5’11” and 150lb native of Warman, SK had 18 goals, 36 assists for 54 points in 25 games this season. He added 10 goals and 19 points in 10 playoff games.
“We are very happy to be able to select Josh with our first pick,” commented Director of Player Personnel, Matt Recchi. “Josh is a skilled player that plays the game hard and relentless. He is a competitive player and the leader of his team. We look forward to him being part of our program.”
Pillar helped his team to the Canadian Western Bantam Championship finals this season. In five games at the event, he had six goals and nine points.
Blazers Draft Picks so far…
1st round, 14th overall – C Josh Pillar 5’11” from Warman, SK
3rd round, 58th overall – G Dylan Garand 5’11” Victoria, BC
4th round, 81st overall – D Trevor Thurston 6’0″ Delta, BC
5th round, 97th overall – C Reese Belton 6’1″ Winnipeg, MB
6th round, 125h overall – F Jarrod Semchuk 6’0″ Kamloops. BC
7th round, 146th overall – D Ethan Brandwood 6’0″ from Victoria, BC
7th round, 151st overall – F Riley Ginnell 6’0″ from Calgary, AB
8th round, 168th overall – F Ethan Ironside 5’8″ from Prince Albert, SK
8th round, 170th overall – D Noah Kuntz 6’2″ from Regina, SK
9th round, 190th overall – F Josh Doan 5’5″ from Phoenix, AZ
10th round, 212th overall – F Daylan Kuefler from Stettler, AB