Jon Gillies

by Joel Henderson on February 10, 2017

Gillies courtesy of the Flames

Jon Gillies, G

Catches: L

Height: 6-5

Weight: 229

Born: 1994-01-22

Hometown: Concord, NH, USA

Drafted 2012 by Calgary, 75th overall

 

 

 

 

 

 Observations:

Feb 2017 - The month of January was a solid snapshot of his year so far. He posted a .907 save percentage with a 3.17 GAA in six starts and one relief effort. Keep in mind though Stockton was atrocious with a 3-7 record for the month. Most nights Gillies shines with post to post spectacular saves while standing tall in his less aggressive style. Look for Stockton to give most opportunities to him down the stretch as he continues to hold a struggling offensive team in most games. - Joel Henderson

 

Oct 2016 - Gillies is a future fantasy stud. He looked fantastic in all his pre-season action and will be given every opportunity to continue to grow in the AHL. I'd expect someone already has him in your deep fantasy leagues. - Joel Henderson

 

Dec 2015 - He will be out for the season after having hip surgery on his left side. He's been dealing with a strained hip-flexor since Providence College days and after tweaking it on Nov 6th they decided this was the best road to recovery for him. They anticipate that he will be ready to start the 2016/17 season off for Stockton being 100% ready and healthy. - Joel Henderson

 

Nov 2015 - Has sustained a lower body injury. Seems like a hip issue but nobody is saying much. Might be something that keeps him out for a while. Injuries happen, but nothing suggests that it will be a recurring issue. With Calgary's interesting goaltender situation, the priority is just getting him healthy and in games. This doesn't change the fact he is currently Calgary's best goaltender prospect. - Joel Henderson

Oct 2015 - Jon played his first pro game and posted a 19 save shutout. He was impressive and should be on everyone's radar fantasy wise. Flames have multiple talented goaltenders but Jon Gillies should be the front runner for the future. - Joel Henderson

June 2015 - Jon signed a three-year entry level contract with the Flames in April after his Friers defeated Boston University to win the Frozen Four. He grabbed the honours for the most valuable player during the 2014/15 Frozen Four tournament and leaves Providence College as their shutouts leader (13) and all-time career goals against average (2.08). Joel Henderson

 

May 2014 - Gilles nearly duplicated his Freshman year performance in his Sophomore season going 19-9-5 with a .931 SV% and 2.16 GAA. He started in goal for Team USA at the WJC however the Americans struggled falling short of the medal round and Gilles turned in a .892 SAV% with 2.77 GAA. He is an aggressive butterfly goalie and is so big at 6-5 that he will have every opportunity to be a successful pro if he continues to develop and work on his body control. Some say he isn't strong on rebounds but he is only 20 years old, give him time to be all he can be. Lots of top tier NHL goaltenders had to work on rebound control as a youngster, it's only natural. He will likely spend at least another year in college before thinking about going pro and once he makes the jump expect a year or two in the AHL. If the stars align Gilles should play his way into the NHL within 4-5 years as a starter. I bet he gets a few looks within three years. Definitely a long term project but don't forget about him or you'll be kicking yourself not too far down the road. Brad Wilson

 

June 2013 – Jon Gillies has been invited to USA Hockey’s National Junior Evlauation Camp for the second consecutive year. This invitation is further evidence of the outstanding season Gillies has enjoyed, as the awards keep piling up. In addition to his rookie of the year status, Gillies was also named to the All-College Hockey News Second Team and the College Hockey News All-Rookie Team. He was John Gibson’s backup  (Anaheim Ducks) at the 2013 World Junior Championship and will battle Gibson to be the starter next year. Sheldon Curtis

 

March, 2013 – Jon Gillies has enjoyed a spectacular year for the Providence College Friars, helping to establish them as a contender in the tough Hockey East division of major U.S. college hockey. Playing in 34 games this year, Gillies posted a 17-11-6 record with a 2.08 GAA, a .931 SV% and 5 shutouts. He was named the rookie of the year, was a finalist for player of the year, and is one of only three players to earn first team all-star status in his inaugural season (some guys named Brian Leetch and Paul Kariya were the others). Gillies is another massive young goalie prospect, but plays a more upright style than many tall  goalies. He relies on positioning and a surprisingly athletic ability to keep shooters at bay, and is capable of making highlight reel saves. As the Friars lost both their starting and backup goalies the previous year, Gillies’ arrival was timely, and he should play a significant number of games going forward. As with many young goalies, puck handling and rebound control are areas he and his coaches will look towards for improvement. Sheldon Curtis

 

 

Fantasy Outlook: B-

A big aggressive butterfly goalie. Needs to improve rebounds and calm his movement in the crease but that will come with time. NHL Starter upside.

 

 

Footage:

Gillies digs deep for huge save:

 

 

Jon Gillies makes an acrobatic save:

 

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