Jon Gillies' first professional season is not getting off to the start he must have wanted. After an excellent rookie camp and some incredible displays of athleticism and strength in the Pentiction Young Stars Classic, the Calgary Flames' top goaltending prospect has been sidelined with a potential concussion.
Gillies sustained the injury after a Dino player collided with him in the second period of the Flames prospects vs. University of Calgary Dinos game. He remained in the game, but it seems that hit may have been worse than initially thought.
The goaltender is currently undergoing concussion protocol at camp and, as such, is not practicing.
With three more experienced goaltenders in Jonas Hiller, Karri Ramo, and Joni Ortio at camp, Gillies was going to be in tight to make the NHL this year. He was, however, likely slated for a big role with the Stockton Heat. That may have to wait now, as there's no telling when Gillies will be able to return to practice.
As it stands, though, this is just the second day of main camp, and there is plenty of time left for Gillies to recover and be ready for the season. For now, the Flames are being cautious with their top goaltending prospect. After all, his career is just getting started: there's no reason to be anything but careful with him and his future.
Gillies played three seasons at Providence College. He posted .931 save percentages in his rookie and sophomore years, and a .930 save percentage in his junior year this past season: the same year he led the Friars to the NCAA Championship.