Jon Gillies: Goaltender
NHL Stats: 3-5-1, 0.896 SV%, 2.88 GAA
AHL Stats: 17-16-3, 0.917 SV%, 2.53 GAA
Our Individual Grades
MarkParkinson14: (C) Gillies was hard to figure out this season, but he did have some time to show his wares and the results were.....average. Some nights he looked really good and other nights he looked like he needed more seasoning. Mike Smith’s injury allowed Gillies the chance to get some ice time and I’m not sure he made the most out of it. He tends to look uncomfortable early in games, but he settles in and can look solid. This season didn’t prove that he’s the future, but it also didn’t show that he isn’t the future either.
MGMacGillivray: (C) I kind of expected a bit more from Gillies this season but at the same time, there is a pretty significant curve for some goalies coming from the AHL to the NHL. He had a few good nights, but also had a few bad nights, along with quite a few “meh” nights. Where he stands in the organization remains to be seen, with Rittich likely having the backup spot locked down while Parsons being heralded as the next goalie in the pipeline. Gillies is still young enough to continue developing, but we need to see a lot next season. On a positive note, his AHL numbers improved in 2017-18 over 2016-17 which was in essence his rookie year.
MilhouseFirehouse: (D) The untimely but not unexpected injury to Mike Smith sent the whole Flames goaltending situation into a complete tailspin, having thrust Rittich and Gillies into a “feast or famine” scenario that saw more famine than a Biblical Horseman of the Apocalypse. 29 goals against in 11 games played is a tough line for Gillies, but he’s young and has his best years ahead of him. The number of rookie tenders that wouldn’t get completely torched in that scenario is slim to none, but that doesn’t mean he can be let totally off the hook. A sophomore season that isn’t a pressure cooker will give us a better look at what he can bring to the table.
That he’s a rookie isn’t that important - A player cannot come in, post an 89.1 save percentage in even strength situations with a -2.39 adjusted and expect to stick around. Just a woeful performance all the way around from Gillies.
Our Final Grade: C-
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