Brendan Dillon (DAL) - sleeper defenseman
Elliotte Friedman mentioned him today - he won't stay under the radar for long.
From the August 29 ramblings...
Some info on little-known Dallas prospect defenseman Brendan Dillon.
“What is interesting about Dillon is that what made him get passed up by NHL teams during the past few drafts was his lack of size, especially as a defenseman playing in the WHL. Yet he was a bit of a late bloomer and the skills he developed in order to succeed as an undersized hockey player are being put to get use now that he's a big body out on the ice.
When Dillon signed his entry level contract back in March, not much was made of the acquisition here at Defending Big D. We had bigger worries to talk about, especially as the season was lost down the stretch of the season, yet there were some very positive things happening down in Austin once Dillon made his AHL debut.
While he never scored in 10 regular season games, he managed to instantly solidify himself as one of the best and more reliable defensemen on the team. He was used extensively by coach Glen Gulutzan in the first round of the playoffs, as he finished with a plus-1 and two assists in six games. For a player that was never regarded as someone worthy of even being drafted, Dillon certainly made an instant impression on the Dallas Stars and the organization.”
Dillon had 59 points in his final WHL season with Seattle last season (and 139 PIM).