NHL Draft - Brady Gilmour to Detroit Red Wings



CHICAGO, IL. – On Saturday afternoon, the second day of the 2017 NHL Draft took play in Chicago, Illinois. Rounds two-through-seven would play out after five OHL players were taken in the first round on Friday night, 14 in total from the CHL, making up 45% of all players taken in the first round, including the first two picks of the NHL Draft.

After waiting patiently to hear his name, 2015 first round pick, sixth overall of the Saginaw Spirit Brady Gilmour was picked in the seventh round, 193rd overall by the Detroit Red Wings.

 “I am speechless right now,” said an exuberant Gilmour. “I am honored to be drafted by such a great and storied organization. Thank you to the Detroit Red Wings for giving me this opportunity. I could not be happier right now.”

While Gilmour finished fourth on the team in scoring with 26 goals and 21 assists, career highs in all scoring categories, Spirit partners and Detroit Red Wings Hockey staff members Jim Devellano and Chris Osgood took notice.

“I have watched Brady Gilmour several times during this past OHL season,” said Devellano, who also serves as the Red Wings Senior Vice President & Alternate Governor. “As a partner of the Saginaw Spirit, I watched him greatly improve as the season went on and I believe with further development in Saginaw, (Brady) will become a good pro hockey player.”

“With my Red Wings “hat” on as their Executive VP, I believe we will benefit with the drafting of Brady Gilmour today. I believe in this young man.” exclaimed the seven-time Stanley Cup-winning executive.

Gilmour joins Markus Niemelainen (Edmonton), Keaton Middleton (Toronto), Evan Cormier (New Jersey), and Filip Hronek (Detroit) as the most recent players to be drafted into the National Hockey League.

The 5’10”, 170-pound center from Grafton, Ontario was unranked in the final draft of the 2017 NHL Central Scouting Draft Watch list. 

Gilmour is the sixth member of the Saginaw Spirit in franchise history to be taken by the Detroit Red Wings. The Red Wings have selected more Spirit players in the NHL Draft than any other NHL team (6). Tyler Haskins, Jan Mursak, Zack Torquato, Jake Paterson, and Filip Hronek were the previous five Spirit players before Brady Gilmour being selected on Saturday afternoon.

 Gilmour and his Spirit teammates will report to Saginaw on August 28th for Training Camp being held at the home of the Saginaw Spirit, The Dow Event Center.

With the 193rd overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, the Red Wings select centerman Brady Gilmour out of the OHL. Gilmour is the first player the Red Wings drafted who is under 6’0” in this year’s draft.

Gilmour is a responsible, mature player who plays a sound two-way game. I’ve watched him a couple of times up in Saginaw — he reminds me a lot of what you get with players like Calle Jarnkrok.

Here’s an OHL scout’s report on Brady Gilmour:

Brady is skilled, tenacious center that competes every game and has a high hockey IQ. He’s a very good skater and makes his team go offensively. Brady is more of a pass first player and is probably the top playmaker in this age group. Brady always seems to be in the right spot at the right time, whether it’s offensively or defensively. He has high-end skill level and sees the ice very well to create opportunities for himself and his linemates every shift. Also strong on the draws and good defensively.”


Gilmour picked sixth overall by Saginaw in OHL draft

By Jeff Gard, Northumberland Today

Brady Gilmour of Grafton was selected sixth overall by the Saginaw Spirit during the OHL draft on Saturday. 
PETE FISHER/Northumberland Today

Brady Gilmour of Grafton was selected sixth overall by the Saginaw Spirit during the OHL draft on Saturday. PETE FISHER/Northumberland Today

Grafton's Brady Gilmour didn't have to wait long for his name to be called during the Ontario Hockey League draft on Saturday.

Gilmour was selected sixth overall by the Saginaw Spirit in the OHL Priority Selection. He watched at home along with his parents Troy and Shannon and younger brother Austin.

While he acknowledges “it was pretty nervewracking” waiting to be picked, Gilmour was pleased to be chosen by Saginaw.

In fact, Gilmour and the Spirit seem to be a perfect match. The organization wanted him and he wanted to go there.

“When I heard my name it was a feeling I will never forget,” Gilmour said. “I can't really explain it...I was pretty speechless to be honest. It just felt great to be picked by Saginaw. That was my first choice for sure. I went there and visited during the year and just the town itself and all the people there – they were just incredible hockey people and good fans – and a pretty small town. I really liked it.”

“We're very excited,” said Saginaw general manager Jim Paliafito, noting they weren't sure he would still be available when they picked at No. 6. “We watched him a significant amount and he had a pretty consistent season. We're just excited that he was there.”

Paliafito said the organization was impressed with Gilmour's skill, character and his family.

“I just see him as a leader down the road,” the GM added.

Gilmour said he spoke with several members of the Spirit organization on Saturday, including owner Richard Garber, GM Paliafito, head coach Greg Gilbert as well as centreman Tye Felhaber, who gave him a congratulatory phone call as well.

“They're a great organization and I can't wait to get things started there,” Gilmour said.

After Gilmour's selection, 10 more of his teammates from the Quinte Red Devils minor midget AAA team were chosen in the 15-round draft.

Among them were Jakob Brahaney from Hastings, who was taken by the Kingston Frontenacs in the second round (37th overall); Keegan Ferguson, from Grafton, by the Oshawa Generals in the eighth round (153rd overall); and Shelby Rienstra, of Cobourg, by Oshawa in the 15th round (300th overall).

It was a great season for the Red Devils, who won the Ontario Minor Hockey Association championship and advanced to the quarterfinals of the OHL Cup tournament.

“Everyone helped each other get drafted,” Gilmour said. “It was a great team. Everyone helped each other get where they are now.”

Gilmour played seven years in the Red Devils organization, starting in major atom. He had played novice rep hockey in Baltimore and then his minor atom season in Cobourg before making the jump to AAA hockey, which meant a higher level of play and more commitment to travel for practices and games.

“I couldn't have done it without the support from everyone, especially family whether driving or paying to play and stuff like that,” Gilmour said. “And all the guys, we were excited to go to the arena and see each other every day.”

Gilmour, a five-foot-nine centre, led Quinte with 61 points in 36 ETA regular season games this season, and was considered the top playmaker in this year's draft. At the OHL Cup banquet, he was named the OMHA/ETA Player of the Year.

In addition, Gilmour and Brahaney won gold with Team Ontario at the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George, B.C.

Despite all the draft year-related activities during the season, Gilmour's focus was on helping his Quinte team, which he was the captain of.

“At the end of the day you try to play your best and not focus on it and have fun,” he said.

Gilmour's first experience with the Spirit will be at their rookie camp in Saginaw Apr. 25 and 26.

Saginaw coach Greg Gilbert is a former NHL player and has coached at the OHL, AHL and NHL levels.

“He played in the NHL so he's got a lot of experience,” Gilmour said. “From what I've heard he's a great coach and I'm really excited.”

Gilmour, who turns 16 on Saturday, will be working hard this summer to earn his way into the Spirit lineup for the 2015-2016 OHL season.

“I was pretty young when I really decided I wanted to be a hockey player. I've been working at it for a long time now. I can't wait to keep working hard and see what happens at training camp,” he remarked.

“Definitely to get faster and stronger – I think those are probably the biggest things – and just the amount of time you have to make plays. Just get faster, stronger and adapt to the play.”

Gilmour won't take his early selection in the draft for granted and doesn't assume he has a spot just yet, but Paliafito expects Gilmour will get every opportunity to play.

“We were the youngest team in the league last year and we're building for a championship down the road,” the GM said. “We're not afraid to play our young guys and give them an opportunity.”

Paliafito noted their top two centreman were young this past season; first-line centre Mitchell Stephens was 17 and second-line centre (and last year's first-round pick) Tye Felhaber was 16.

“Brady will get an opportunity to play right away and then it's up to him,” Paliafito said. “We're confident that he will be a big part of our future.”

- with files from QMI Agency


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