Montreal Canadiens select Cam Hillis

DALLAS – Centre Cam Hillis of the Guelph Storm was selected in the third round, 66th overall, of the NHL draft by the Montreal Canadiens Saturday.

He was the second Storm player taken in this year’s draft as defenceman Ryan Merkley was picked in the first round, 21st overall, by the San Jose Sharks Friday night.

The 18-year-old Hillis had 20 goals and 39 assists in 60 games with the Storm this season, his first in the OHL.

Hillis was selected in the second round, 28th overall, of the 2016 OHL draft and he played two seasons with St. Andrew’s College before joining the Storm. Hillis had 38 goals and 64 assists in 82 games with St. Andrew’s College.

With two players selected this year, the Storm has now had 70 players selected in the NHL draft in 26 years. Best draft ever for the Storm was 1994 when they had seven players selected – Jeff O’Neill, Rumun Ndur, Jamie Wright, Ryan Risidore, Mark McArthur, Jeff Williams and Eric Landry.

Three times the Storm didn’t have any players drafted and they’ve had 12 first-rounders: Todd Bertuzzi in 1993, O’Neill in 1994, Manny Malhotra in 1998, Daniel Paille in 2002, Dustin Brown in 2003, Ryan Parent in 2005, Thomas McCollum and Drew Doughty in 2008, Peter Holland in 2009, Jason Dickinson in 2013, Robby Fabbri in 2014 and Merkley in 2018.

  • Guelph Sports Journal