Future Watch: Jon Gillies Rookie Hockey Cards, Flames – Jon Gillies was selected with the 75th overall pick by the Calgary Flames in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Many may have forgotten how talented this prospect is and the fact that he’s 23 doesn’t mean he’s over the hill. Not by a long shot.
At 6′-6′. 223 pounds he’s an imposing player. The fact that he’s a goaltender means by just being on the ice he takes up a fair amount of real estate in the net.
After starring at Providence college where at times he was known as the best goaltender in the country, he also had two stints with Team USA playing in the U20 World Junior Championships. In 2012-13 he won a gold medal. At that point, he was piling up the accolades and it all started in that calendar year. By the end of the 2012-13 season he won the NCAA’s hockey version of the Rookie of the Year Award (Tim Taylor Award).
In 2015-16 he only played in seven AHL games for Stockton. He had hip surgery during that year, so his season was cut short. He did manage a 2.93 GAA and a .920 save percentage.
In 2016-17 he played in 39 AHL games getting a .910 save percentage and a 2.93 GAA. He did get a one-game call-up and in that game, he had a 1.00 GAA and a .953 save percentage. He was back in a big way. He was the backup goalie in the playoffs, for a short time, but never saw any action.
Jon Gillies’ rookie cards debuted in 2017-18 O-Pee Chee Hockey and then followed that up in Upper Deck Artifacts Hockey. It’s odd, but he wasn’t in MVP since he was a carryover player but hey, he made it into other sets. He has also been confirmed on the Upper Deck Series One Young Guns checklist, which releases next week.
Here’s a look at an amazing glove save:
Gillies is playing more games in the AHL this season, patiently waiting. He will play in the NHL for somebody soon.
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