Dallas Stars select Kamloops Blazers' forward Stankoven in Round 2 of NHL Draft

Bankier, Pillar land with Minnesota Wild

Logan Stankoven fell to the Dallas Stars on Saturday in Round 2 of the NHL Draft.

The Stars nabbed Stankoven 47th overall, ending the waiting game for the Kamloops Blazers’ forward who was hoping to be selected on Friday in Round 1.

The Stars are owned by Blazers’ majority owner Tom Gaglardi.

Stankoven, the 5-foot-8, 170-pound forward from Kamloops, played in six regular-season WHL games in the pandemic-shortened 2021 WHL campaign, racking up 10 points, including seven goals, three of which were game winners.

Team Canada scooped him away from the Blazers in time for the International Ice Hockey Federation Under-18 World Championship, which ran from April 26 to May 6 near Dallas, Tex.

Stankoven, who was nabbed by the Blazers fifth overall in the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft, notched four goals and eight points in seven games for Canada and led the tournament with a plus-14 rating.

The former St. Ann’s Academy student bagged the game-winning goal in a 5-3 victory over Russia in the gold-medal game.

Meanwhile, Blazers' forwards Caedan Bankier and Josh Pillar were selected by the Minnesota Wild — Bankier in Round 3, 86th overall, and Pillar in Round 4, 127th overall.

Bankier, a left-shot forward from Cloverdale, had 23 points, including 11 goals, in 22 games last season.

Pillar, a right-shot forward from Warman, Sask., recorded 29 points, including 11 goals, in 22 games in the truncated 2021 campaign.

The 2002-born Pillar was passed over in the 2020 NHL Draft.

Caedan Bankier
Caedan Bankier moves in on goal. - Allen Douglas/KTW file photo


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