Colton Gillies
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Colton Gillies

Hometown:

White Rock British Columbia

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1989-12-02

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2007

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2007

Height:

6-4

Acquired:

Waiver claim, 2012

Weight:

189 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • B

History

2004-05: Colton Gillies made a brief nine game appearance with the Blades recording a goal, an assist, and eight penalty minutes.  Before appearing for the Blades, Gillies played for the North Delta Flyers, recording 26 points (nine goals, 17 assists) in 44 games.

2005-06: Playing in his first full season with the Blades, Gillies recorded 12 points (six goals, six assists) and 57 PIM in 63 games.  In six playoff games, Gillies failed to record a point and spent four minutes in the penalty box.

2006-07: Another highly-skilled WHLer, Gillies cannot be satisfied with his offensive production this past season. Although the Blades missed the playoffs, Gillies was pegged throughout the season by scouting organizations as a top prospect. While he toiled with a non-contender, he also battled shoulder and ankle injuries. He scored 13 goals and 17 assists in 65 regular season games and collected 148 penalty minutes. While his ability to mix it up suggests a bit of a mean streak, the Blades will be depending upon the 6'4, 185-pound forward to spend less time in the penalty box while significantly increasing his offensive contributions next year.  He was selected to play in the 2007 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game where he recorded an assist.  He also played in the ADT Canada-Russia Challenge for Team WHL.  He only played in one game where he went pointless and recorded 12 PIM.



2007-08: Team captain and MVP of the Blades with 24 goals and 23 assists. Also a member of Canadian gold medal World Junior Championship team with one goal in seven games. The Wild signed him to a three-year contract at the conclusion of the Blades' season and then sent him to affiliate Houston Aeros for their playoff run where he turned a few heads with his play, notching a goal and seven assists in 11 regular-season games. Also participated in the ADT Canada-Russia Challenge and the Canada-Russia Super Series.

 

Talent Analysis

Gillies certainly has the potential to become a power forward in the NHL.  However, he still needs to make significant improvements in his game if he ever hopes to reach that plateau.  He is a hard hitter, and plays with a definite mean streak.  He still needs to improve on his scoring touch and defensive play.

 

Future

 

 

2007 Draft produced numerous depth players for Minnesota Wild

by Peter Prohaska
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Photo: The first pick taken by the Wild in 2007, Colton Gillies never quite developed into the power forward he was projected to when taken 16th overall. (Photo courtesy of NHL)

The last remnants of the old empire haven't quite all been swept away, but with the waiving in Colton Gillies in January, the 2007 draft will be notable for the late round picks that seem to be tracking well. And while having yet another first round pick fail to stick with a team seems disastrous, the 2007 draft has provided some decent depth for the Wild organization.

In 2006-07 the Wild scored the fewest goals of any team in the league, yet grabbed the seventh playoff seed in the West based on the strengths of an excellent year from Nick Backstrom backstopping Jacques Lemaire's trademark team defense. The team however was quickly dispatched by the eventual champion Ducks. And although any playoff berth is generally a sign of a successful season, it was apparent that more high-end offensive skill was needed to supplement the core after such an anemic goal-scoring year.
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