Three Kamloops Blazers selected to play for NHL teams in the fall

3 Blazers taken on draft day

Three Kamloops Blazers were selected over the weekend in the 2021 NHL Draft.

Forward Caedan Bankier was chosen by the Minnesota Wild in the third round, 86th overall.

Bankier, a centre from Surrey, was a third-round pick of the Blazers in the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft. This past season, Bankier racked up 11 goals and 12 assists for a total of 23 points in 22 games.

Josh Pillar — a Saskatchewan native and first-round pick of the Blazers in the 2017 bantam draft — was also selected by the Wild.

Pillar was chosen in the fourth round, 127th overall. Over 22 games this past season, Pillar led the Blazers in scoring, with 11 goals, 18 assists and 29 points.

Logan Stankoven was chosen to play for the Dallas Stars, selected in the second round, 47th overall.

The Blazers' forward, a Kamloops native, scored seven goals and was awarded a total of 10 points in six games this past season.

Stankoven also won a gold medal playing for Canada at the Under-18 World Championships, where the player had eight points in seven games.

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