With the 21st pick in the 3rd round (83rd overall) at the 2017 NHL Entry Draft in Chicago, Illinois, the Detroit Red Wings selected Petes centre Zach Gallant.
Gallant, a centre from Oakville, Ontario, had a standout season with the Petes in 2016-17. The sophomore put up 21 goals, 26 assists, 47 points and 74 penalty minutes this season, suiting up in 60 regular season games. The faceoff specialist was also the top Petes playmaker in the playoffs, recording 9 assists in 12 games.
“To be drafted to an historic team like Detroit is really exciting,” said Gallant. “I can’t wait to get started.”
The 6’1”, 184lbs centre is also a workhorse off the ice, including in the community and in the classroom. He was voted by OHL coaches as the Eastern Conference’s top defensive forward, best in faceoffs, and third most improved player. Zach has received numerous awards at the league level, having been named the OHL Player of the Month and the East Division Academic Player of the Month.
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