Flames pick Jon Gillies for their 3rd round pick. (#75 overall)
Born In:Concord, NH, USA
Former/Current Team: Indiana (USHL)
2011-12: Gillies took over as the starter for the Ice after representing the USA in the 2011 Ivan Hlinka Tournament in the fall. In 53 games for the Ice he was 31-20 with three shutouts and had a 2.77 goals against and .915 save percentage. The Ice reached the Eastern Conference Finals after finishing second behind Green Bay in the regular season and in six playoff games Gillies was 3-3 with a 2.84 goals against and .911 save percentage. Gillies appeared in all four games at the Ivan Hlinka Tournament – starting three of them. He finished 3-1 including a shootout win and had an .892 save percentage. Gillies de-committed from Northeastern in March 2012 after it was announced that Huskies starter Chris Rawlings was returning for his senior season. Gillies was invited to the NHL Draft Combine and ranked sixth amongst North American goalies in Central Scouting’s final rankings prior to the 2012 NHL Draft.
Jon Gillies is up next, and he's just a huge wall-style goalie with the enormous size NHL scouts crave. At 6-5, 203 pounds, he looks every bit the part of today's modern butterfly goalie. But he lacks athleticism and flexibility, and we don't like his lateral movement at all. We suspect he'll be taken fairly high on his very projectable size, but he'll require years of refining and technique work with a good goalie coach to realize his potential.
Goaltending is the most important position, and many teams struggle because they can't address the need. The more depth and competition we have in goal, the better.
In addition, having a plethora of goaltending prospect while other teams struggle to gain traction in that area could bode well for us down the road should we ever decide to trade a goalie for a forward or d-man.
I actually like the fact we have so many goaltending pieces. Look what how easily Nashville converted Lindback into multiple second round draft picks. Lots of depth in the organization. I still think we lack top end talent, but hopefully our guys from the past three drafts can take big steps in the next two/three years to change that.
Unless you're getting a very highly-touted due (ie Subban, Vasilevski) I personally think it's a waste to use a pick in the top 100 on a goaltender. This one irritates me ever so slightly when I think about it, but I guess the entire draft can't please everyone.