After sitting out the second round, the Capitals drafted the son of a former NHL defenseman when they took center Garrett Pilon with the 87th selection of the draft Saturday morning in Buffalo.
At 5-foot-10, 175 pounds, Garrett Pilon is smaller than his 6-foot, 205-pound father, Rich, a hard-hitting defenseman who played 631 games in 15 NHL seasons, recording eight goals and 1,745 penalty minutes.
Despite his smallish stature, Garrett Pilon, 18, plays a hard-edged game and put up 15 goals and 32 assists in 71 games for the Kamloops Blazers of the WHL last season.
Pilon told the Kamloops Blazers website that his father has been instrumental in his promising hockey career.
“He’s been a huge part in my life,” Garrett Pilon said. “He’s helped through my whole hockey career, keeping me positive and how to handle all situations.”
Garrett’s older brother Ryan was a fifth-round pick of the Islanders but retired from pro hockey in September after reportedly saying he had lost his passion for the game.
Garrett Pilon is considered a smart, two-way center with excellent hands and a hard, accurate shot.
With their third pick of the NHL draft (117th overall) the Capitals took forward Damien Riat, a 6-foot, 172-pounder who recorded nine goals and 12 assists in 45 games for Geneve in the Swiss League.
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