https://whl.ca/players/27851

Fantasy Summary

Pillar is a versatile playmaker who utilizes his strong skating to create space and also backtrack on defense. Despite being undersized, Pillar is always engaged and isn’t afraid of going to the dirty areas to make a play. Capable of playing at center and the wing. Although you shouldn’t expect great point-scoring statistics from Pillar, you can count on him to be consistent with SOG and hits.


Observations

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June 2022 – Pillar, who was drafted in the 4th round at the 2021 NHL draft, as an overager, had an underwhelming season in the WHL. Despite starting the season well with the Kamloops Blazers scoring 11 goals and 20 assists in 29 games, he got traded halfway through the season to the Saskatoon Blades. Pillar had a rough time adjusting to his new team finishing with only six points in 17 games to close out the season with his new club. His contribution of four points was not enough in the playoffs as Saskatoon lost in a five-game first round elimination. The 2021-22 WHL season was a regression from the shortened prior year 2020-21 WHL season where Pillar put up 29 points in 22 games, where he impressed enough for the Minnesota Wild to draft him. The lack of production at the junior level is a worrying sign, however his speed and tenacity can potentially help him become a depth winger at the pro levels. Nathan Leblanc

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 3.0
NHL Certainty 3.0
Country CAN
Position C
Roster Type Junior
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth February 14, 2002
Height 5‘11”
Weight 172 lbs
Drafted 2021 Round 4; Overall: 127

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2015-2016 Sask Valley Vipers U15 AASAAHL U1530 18 1634 36|Playoffs9 6 612 10 
 2016-2017 Sask Valley Vipers U15 AASAAHL U1525 18 3654 48|Playoffs10 10 919
  Prince Albert Mintos U18 AAASMAAAHL2 0 00 2|        
 2017-2018 Prince Albert Mintos U18 AAASMAAAHL44 21 2950 32|Playoffs9 2 79
  Team Saskatchewan WHL Cup5 0 00 2|        
  Kamloops BlazersWHL1 0 00 0|        
 2018-2019 Team Blue U17-Dev- - -- -|        
  Kamloops BlazersWHL68 7 1522 10|Playoffs6 0