Colton Gillies

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Colton Gillies
Colton Gillies Amerks.jpg
Born (1989-02-12) February 12, 1989 (age 25)
White Rock, BC, CAN
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 207 lb (94 kg; 14 st 11 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
AHL team
Former teams
Free Agent
Minnesota Wild
Columbus Blue Jackets
NHL Draft 16th overall, 2007
Minnesota Wild
Playing career 2008–present

Colton Gillies (born February 12, 1989) is a Canadian professional ice hockey left winger who is currently an unrestricted free agent who most recently played for the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League (AHL). He was drafted by the Minnesota Wild in the first round (16th overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.[1] He was claimed of off waivers by the Columbus Blue Jackets on January 14, 2012.

Playing career[edit]

Gillies was the second overall pick by the Saskatoon Blades in the 2004 Western Hockey League (WHL) Bantam Draft.[2] Gillies spent parts of four seasons with the Blades, but the team struggled and consequently Gillies played in only 10 playoff games during his major junior career. Still, he gained attention with his strong physical and two-way play, and was selected to represent Canada at the 2007 IIHF World U18 Championships in Finland, where Canada finished a disappointing 4th overall. That summer he was selected in the first round of the NHL draft by the Minnesota Wild, who traded up three spots in the draft in order to pick Gillies 16th overall.[3] Gillies was named captain of the Blades during the 2007-08 season and again represented his country at the 2008 World Junior Championships in the Czech Republic where he helped Canada to its fourth consecutive gold medal at the tournament.[2]

Late in the 2007-08 season Gillies made his professional debut with the Wild's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Houston Aeros. He managed 8 points in 11 games with the team. That fall he cracked the Wild roster out of training camp and went on to play 45 games for the team during the 2008-09 season. Gillies recorded his first career point, an assist, on October 11, 2008 against the Boston Bruins,[4] and his first career goal on December 19, 2008 against the New York Islanders.[5]

Gillies spent the entirety of the 2009-10 season developing his game with the Aeros. Though he would remain with the Aeros for the majority of the 2010-11 season, Gillies was re-called by the Wild on April 3, 2011. He played the final 7 games of the season with Minnesota, contributing a goal in the last game of the season, a 5-3 victory over the Dallas Stars that ended the Stars' bid for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.[6]

On July 6, 2011, Gillies signed a two-year contract extension with the Wild.[7] In the 2011–12 season, Gillies struggled to establish a role with the Wild, assisting on only 2 goals in 37 games before on January 13, 2012, he was placed on waivers. The following day he was claimed by the Columbus Blue Jackets.[8]

A free agent approaching the 2013-14 season, Gillies accepted an invite to attend the Buffalo Sabres training camp.[9] Unable to secure a contract with the Sabres he was reassigned to their AHL affiliate, the Rochester Americans training camp, on September 21, 2013. He was then signed to a one-year AHL deal with the Americans on September 25, 2013.[10]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2004–05 Saskatoon Blades WHL 9 1 1 2 10 2 0 0 0 0
2005–06 Saskatoon Blades WHL 63 6 6 12 57 8 0 0 0 4
2006–07 Saskatoon Blades WHL 65 13 17 30 148
2007–08 Saskatoon Blades WHL 58 24 23 47 97
2007–08 Houston Aeros AHL 11 1 7 8 4 5 0 0 0 2
2008–09 Minnesota Wild NHL 45 2 5 7 18
2009–10 Houston Aeros AHL 72 7 13 20 73
2010–11 Houston Aeros AHL 64 11 15 26 82 24 7 5 12 32
2010–11 Minnesota Wild NHL 7 1 0 1 2
2011–12 Minnesota Wild NHL 37 0 2 2 10
2011–12 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 38 2 4 6 25
2012–13 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 27 1 1 2 17
2013–14 Rochester Americans AHL 65 9 14 23 49 5 1 1 2 11
NHL totals 154 6 12 18 72
Medal record
Competitor for  Canada
Men's ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Gold 2008 Czech Republic

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2006 Canada Pacific U17 4th 6 2 4 6 10
2007 Canada U18 4th 6 2 1 3 10
2008 Canada WJC 1st 7 1 0 1 6
Junior totals 19 5 5 10 26

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2007 Entry Draft Prospect Profile: Colton Gillies". Philadelphia Flyers. Retrieved 2012-08-08. 
  2. ^ a b "Colton Gillies". WHL. Retrieved 2011-01-27. 
  3. ^ "Wild Draft Notes and Trades". NHL.com. 2010-06-11. Retrieved 2011-01-27. 
  4. ^ "Wild 4, Bruins 3". NHL.com. 2008-10-11. Retrieved 2011-01-27. 
  5. ^ "Wild 4, Islanders 1". NHL.com. 2008-12-19. Retrieved 2011-01-27. 
  6. ^ Joe Yerdon (2011-04-11). "Goal of the night: Colton Gillies whirling backhander crushes Dallas". NBC Sports. Retrieved 2011-04-15. 
  7. ^ "Wild Signs Gillies to two-year contract". TSN. 2011-07-06. Retrieved 2011-07-07. 
  8. ^ "Columbus Blue Jackets claim Colton Gillies off waivers from Wild". National Hockey League. 2012-01-14. Retrieved 2012-01-14. 
  9. ^ "Sabres 2013 training camp roster". Buffalo Sabres. 2013-09-21. Retrieved 2013-09-21. 
  10. ^ "Amerks sign Colton Gillies to AHL contract". Rochester Americans. 2013-09-25. Retrieved 2013-09-21. 

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Preceded by
James Sheppard
Minnesota Wild first round draft pick
2007
Succeeded by
Tyler Cuma