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Jon Gillies signs three-year ELC

Riding the high of winning the Frozen Four, Jon Gillies has signed a three-year ELC with the Calgary Flames.

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We should be excited. We should be VERY excited about this. Jon Gillies might be the best goaltending prospect the Flames have had in eons. Early this morning, the 75th overall selection of the 2012 draft signed his first pro-contract. The byproduct of the USHL's Indiana Ice and Providence College, Gillies has proved how capable of a goaltender he is:

  • Most Outstanding Player in Frozen Four (2015)
  • Second team East All-American with a 24-13-2 record and .930 SV% this year
  • NCAA Champion in Men's hockey (Providence's first ever)
  • 2014 WJC starting goalie for Team USA
He finishes his college career with an impressive 60-34-13 record, .930 SV%, and 2.08 GAA. Oh, and through in 13 shutouts as well in his NCAA career. From here, he's going to be the third goalie for the Flames right now.

Next season?

It wouldn't surprise me one bit for him to compete hard for the back-up role next season behind Jonas Hiller. The reality is this: Karri Ramo is a UFA and will probably be gone. Joni Ortio's second season of his existing contract is a one-way deal, and he'll require waivers to be sent down. It's more reasonable to accept that Ortio will be backing up Hiller next season. Barring some trade, injuries, or play in training camp then we may see Gillies.

Honestly, the future is bright in net for the Calgary Flames with Ortio and Gillies being the goalies of the immediate future. We have the two aforementioned goalies plus Mason McDonald down the road. The Flames have managed to find depth in net and at centre: two things that often plagued the team.