Who Were The Last 5 NHL Draft Picks From Chatham-Kent?

This week every year, the NHL Draft is held. Except for this year.

COVID-19 has sent the entire world into a new era, and sports were not immune.

There was a hope this year, we’d add a new player to this list in Brett Brochu, and next season, Deni Goure stands a legitimate shot at being selected.

That said, we thought it would be a good time to look back at Chatham-Kent’s last 5 NHL Draft picks.

1. Brandon Montour – While some might debate Montour’s CK roots, the former Tilbury resident played some formative years in Chatham-Kent. A second round pick, 55th overall by the Anaheim Ducks in 2014, Montour has been a premiere puck moving defender since entering the league. In his young NHL career, he’s already played 243 games with Anaheim, and his current team, the Buffalo Sabres.

2. Seth Griffith – The Wallaceburg product was a 2012, 5th round pick, 131st overall by the Boston Bruins. It was Griffith’s second year of NHL Draft eligibility. Since then, Griffith has played 79 NHL games with four different teams. He’s spent the last two seasons with the AHL’s Manitoba Moose, who he led in scoring this season.

3. TJ Brodie – Brodie was a Calgary Flames pick in 2008, going in the 4th round, 114th overall. He’s exceeded that draft positioning playing in 634 NHL games, all for the Flames. He’s considered a premiere offensive defenseman in the NHL.

4. Jason Missiaen – The towering 6’8″ goaltender was a big netminder before big fully came into vogue. The Chatham product went two picks after Brodie, 116th overall in round 4 of the 2008 draft to the Montreal Canadiens. Missiaen spent most of his professional career bouncing between the AHL and ECHL, but did sit on the bench as a back up for the NHL’s New York Rangers. He retired from hockey after 2016-2017 after playing professionally in France.

5. Ryan Jones – A 2004 pick of the Nashville Predators, 111th overall in round 4. The neat thing about Jones’ selection is he was playing for the Chatham Maroons at the time he was picked. Jones went on to play 334 NHL games, having his best seasons with the Edmonton Oilers. He finished his career in 2018-2019 after playing five seasons in the DEL with Kolner Haie.

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