Oshawa Generals D Riley Stillman – Draft-Eligible Prospects with NHL Bloodline’s

LONDON, ON - NOVEMBER 19: Riley Stillman #16 of the Oshawa Generals lays a heavy hit on Christian Dvorak #10 of the London Knights during an OHL game at Budweiser Gardens on November 19, 2015 in London, Ontario, Canada. The Knights defeated the Generals 5-2. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
LONDON, ON - NOVEMBER 19: Riley Stillman #16 of the Oshawa Generals lays a heavy hit on Christian Dvorak #10 of the London Knights during an OHL game at Budweiser Gardens on November 19, 2015 in London, Ontario, Canada. The Knights defeated the Generals 5-2. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images) /
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Oshawa Generals D Riley Stillman – Prospects with NHL Bloodline’s

Oshawa Generals D Riley Stillman is number two on our list in a series dedicated to draft-eligible prospects with current or past family ties to the NHL. Riley is the son of former NHLer Cory Stillman, drafted 6th overall by Calgary back in 1992. 

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Matthew Tkachuk, Jakob Chychrun, Alex Nylander, Kieffer Bellows, and Logan Brown are the first names to come to mind for 2016 draft-eligible prospects with current/or former NHL bloodline’s.

Both Keith Tkachuk and Michael Nylander had long, successful careers. Brian Bellows played nearly 1200 games, producing more than 1000 points. Jeff Brown also had a solid career posting 585 points in 747 points from the back-end. Jeff Chychrun was a 1984 draft pick, a veteran of 262 games playing until 1993-94, finishing his career with AHL Cape Breton.

Over the next while, we’ll be featuring 15 draft-eligible prospects with NHL bloodline’s/family ties. The 2016 NHL Entry Draft will be held on June 24-25 in Buffalo, New York at the First Niagara Center.

NHL Bloodline’s: Oshawa Generals D Riley Stillman

Oshawa Generals D Riley Stillman
Father: Cory Stillman

A pair of long tenures with Calgary and St.Louis, Cory is a 17-year NHL veteran who also played for Tampa Bay, Carolina, Ottawa, and Florida. Cory Stillman produced 278 goals, 449 assists (727 points) in 1025 career NHL games. He also tallied 51 points in 82 playoff games. Cory is a two-time Stanley Cup Champion.

Cory Facts:

– Traded to Tampa Bay at the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Cory had his most productive single season in 2003-04, producing 80 points in 81 regular season games. He also put up seven points in 21 games, helping Tampa Bay Lightning win their first Stanley Cup in 2004.
– During the 2004-05 NHL Lockout season, Stillman did not play overseas. He joined the Carolina Hurricanes in 2005-06, producing 76 points in 72 regular season games. He dominated with 26 points in 25 playoff contests helping Carolina win a Stanley Cup in 2006 – Back-to-Back Stanley Cup winner (TB and CAR).
– Cory is currently working as Director of Forwards Development with the Carolina Hurricanes.

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Oshawa Generals D Riley Stillman – 88th Ranked North American Skater

At 6’0 181lbs, Riley shares the same physical stature (height, weight) as his father. He plays a slightly more physical, on the edge style game in comparison to Cory (not that Cory wasn’t a tough customer).

Riley Stillman is a OHL rookie in 2015-16 after spending most of 2014-15 with OJHL’s Cobourg Cougars. He also played a nine-game stint with Oshawa. He’s wearing the “A” on his sweater already, suggesting he has adopted his father’s outstanding leadership skills.

These prospects who grew up around the NHL lifestyle, and have the mentor-ship from first-hand NHL knowledge – these are attractive intangibles that are rare to find.

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    “IMO, Stillman has been one of the OHL’s most improved players over the course of this season. He’s gone from receiving little ice time, to earning a letter (an ‘A’) as a rookie. He’s averaging just over 0.5 ppg over the last three months and has been a stand out nearly every time I’ve seen Oshawa play lately.

    He doesn’t have terrific size, but he plays much larger than his 6’0 frame would suggest. Has become one of the OHL’s best open ice hitters and seems to really relish in the opportunity to mix it up physically. His offensive game and confidence grows by the game too.”

    The video below features an interview with Riley and his younger brother when he was 13 years old (4-5 years ago) playing minor hockey in Peterborough, Ontario. Yes, that is correct, we could have one more Stillman on the way in the future.

    Next: NHL Bloodlines: Ty Ronning

    2016 Draft-Eligible Prospects With NHL Bloodline’s:
    *NHL family ties in parentheses

    | Ty Ronning (Cliff) | Riley Stillman (Cory) | Graham McPhee (George) | Kenny Johnson (Jack) | Casey Fitzgerald (Tom) | Mathieu Sevigny (Pierre) | Luke McInnis (Marty) | Hudson Elynuik (Pat) | Ben Hawerchuk (Dale) | Hayden Verbeek (Pat) | Garrett Pilon (Rich) | Kelly and Kevin Klima (Petr) | David Quenneville (John, Joel) | Fredrik Forsberg (Filip) | Kristian Reichel (Robert)

    In 2015-16, Oshawa Generals D Riley Stillman has five goals, 13 assists (18 points) in 55 games so far. He also has 67 penalty minutes, serving as a solid, physical, two-way defender.