Saginaw Spirit assistant captain Brady Gilmour fulfilled a lifelong dream when he was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in the seventh round (193 overall) of the 2017 NHL draft at the United Center in downtown Chicago, IL this afternoon.
I'm speechless right now,” Gilmour said in an email. “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.”
“I have watched Brady Gilmour several times during this past OHL season,” Devallano said. “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.”
Gilmour, a 5-foot-11, 170-pound, left-shooting center, became Saginaw's No. 1 pick (6th overall) in the 2015 Ontario Hockey League priority selection draft, scoring 23-points (7-goals, 16-assists) in 61-games during his rookie (2015-16) season, before improving to 47-points (26-goals, 21-assists) through 65-games last (2016-17) season as one of the top producers on the team.
“With my Red Wings 'hat' on as their executive V.P., I believe we will benefit with the drafting of Brady Gilmour today,” Devellano continued. “I believe in this young man.”
The former Quinte (ON.) Red Devils minor midget star joins Filip Hronek (second round, Detroit Red Wings, 53 overall, 2016 NHL draft), Markus Niemelainen, third round, 63 overall, 2016 NHL draft), Keaton Middleton (fourth round, Toronto Maple Leafs, 2016 NHL draft) and Evan Cormier (fourth round, New Jersey Devils, 2016 NHL draft) as the most recent Saginaw Spirit players to have been drafted into the NHL.
Six other Spirit players, along with Gilmour were eligible for the 2017 NHL draft: Hayden Davis, Brendan Bonello, Brock Hill, Kyle Bollers, Cole Coskey, and Gianluca Fuoco. Coskey was the only player among this years group of draft-eligible players to appear on the final NHLcentralscouting.com list, where he finished listed as the 150th ranked North American player in the draft.
Coskey and other Spirit players will still have a chance to be invited as a free agent to an NHL prospect camp this summer.
Gilmour will report to his first NHL training camp when he heads north to the Detroit Red Wings' developmental prospects camp up in Traverse City, MI on July 7-11 of next month before reporting to the Saginaw Spirit training camp on Aug. 28, at the Dow Event Center the following month.