Big things happened this past week in the Pistons organization as defenceman Warren Clark was picked by the Tampa Bay Lightning with the 179th overall pick in the 2023 NHL draft.
Warren had a standout rookie junior hockey campaign with the Steinbach Pistons this past season. Warren was big part of the Pistons backend this season, physically and with his gameplay. In 55 games this season, Clark notched 38 points (6 goals and 32 assists) which put him in the top 10 for MJHL rookie scoring and 12th in MJHL defenceman scoring.
Clark really came into his own as the season progressed, establishing himself as a top tier defenceman in the league. With strong and effective skating and stick handling mixed with his hockey IQ, Clark’s game went to new levels and made him a highly coveted player.
Warren’s successes this past season led him to committing to St. Cloud State University where he will be playing this coming season and making the MJHL Rookie All-Star team.
“Warren had a tremendous start to his Jr career this past season and showed how dynamic he can be with the puck and grew his game without it” Head Coach and GM Paul Dyck commented on Clark’s play. “With his size, skating ability and offensive instincts he has a lot of upsides to his game.”
“When a player is drafted into the NHL, it’s the pinnacle of their career to that point so I am extremely excited for him and proud of his achievement” Dyck stated when asked what it means to him being the coach of a player getting drafted. “These are memorable moments for us as coaches and I am sure all of those who have coached Clarky along the way feel a part of it, as they should.”
Warren is currently at Lightening development camp, and we hope to catch up and hear about his thoughts and experiences upon his return.
The Pistons organization wish a huge congratulations to Warren and his family during this exciting time!