For home games during the 2017-18 season, the Carleton Place Canadians will be profiling one player from the team. This time, the profile is on Adam Pilotte.
Birthdate: May 9, 1998
Hometown: Chateauguay, Que.
Weight: 180 lbs
Pilotte entered the Canadians organization this season, filling a 20-year-old roster spot and looking to add some experience to a young team after his last two seasons with the Nanaimo Clippers of the BCHL.
Prior to getting his junior career started, Pilotte came from a winning pedigree with the Chateauguay Grenadiers in the Quebec Midget AAA league.
“We did pretty well. We won provincial championships two years in a row and we ended up losing in the Telus Cup Final (Canada’s Midget AAA championship) two years in a row as well.”
During his two years with the Clippers, Pilotte showed flashes of his offensive abilities, totaling 20 points during his 89 games in the BCHL.
As a 20-year-old with junior experience, Pilotte lends his knowledge in a leadership role, but was quick to point out he is merely helping the leadership group that was already established before he arrived in Carleton Place.
“I think we have a lot of leaders on this team,” he said. “Obviously I want to bring some experience to the team by doing the right things on and off the ice to set the example. That’s the way I’m going to bring leadership to the table.”
Pilotte’s games have been limited in the first half of the season as he was out of the lineup for two months. With that, he still has three assists in his 11 games played so far – reflecting some of his skills as a two-way defenceman.
“I think I’m a good skater,” Pilotte said. “I move the puck well, skate well, take pride defensively so I’m good on the PK (penalty kill). I can play on the power play as well, move the puck and get my shots through. Just be a reliable defenceman.”