#6: Jon Gillies
Team: Calgary Flames
Drafted: 2012 #75 (Round 3)
The man between the pipes since Miikka Kiprusoff walked away has been a revolving door of mediocrity for the Calgary Flames. There is hope though, that the giant 22 year old in Stockton will end up being the answer to management’s prayers. Jon Gillies sat out almost all of last season after having hip surgery to repair an old injury, but should be ready to go for this coming season.
While being tabbed as the goalie of the future, the Flames aren’t rushing Gillies to Calgary. He should spend the entire season in Stockton getting back into the swing of things. Pending a rash of injuries, the Flames are set with Brian Elliott and Chad Johnson at the NHL level.....for now. Gillies should be knocking down the door to compete for the starting job by 2017-18.
The 6’6, Concord NH native played 3 seasons for the Providence College Friars and compiled a 60-34-13 record with Save %’s of .931, .931 and .930. He was the brick wall the Friars needed as they won the 2014-15 NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Championship. In 7 games last season Gillies was 2-3-1 with a .921 Save% for the Stockton Heat before having surgery. Gillies also got some worldwide exposure playing for Team USA’s U20 team in the World Championships back in 2013. He appeared in 4 games, going 1-2 and giving up 9 goals in those 4 games.
Gillies will have competition in Stockton next season in the form of Mason McDonald, but if the giant Gillies keeps on the projected path he was on before having surgery, he will be the goalie of the future in no time at all.