Report: Flames sign Frozen Four MVP Gillies
The good times continue to roll for Jon Gillies.
The Providence netminder -- who, over the weekend, backstopped the Friars to their first-ever NCAA hockey championship -- has reportedly signed his entry-level deal with Calgary and is headed off to Vancouver to meet the Flames, who’ll open their playoff series against the Canucks tonight.
Gillies, 21, was Calgary’s third-round pick (75th overall) at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft and enjoyed a tremendous three-year career at Providence, culminating with a final season in which he went 24-13-2 with a .930 save percentage and a 2.01 GAA.
In the Frozen Four, Gillies stopped 74 of 78 shots faced in wins over Nebraska-Omaha and Boston University, finishing with a .949 save percentage.
Flames GM Brad Treliving spoke earlier in the week about his excitement over getting Gillies signed.
“Obviously, the first thing you notice with Jon is his size, but he’s not just a big body,” Treliving said, per the Calgary Sun. “He’s a big body who has tremendous athletic ability. It’s a real rare combination, quite frankly, in terms of a guy that big and that athletic.
“There’s a real poise to him. He has a mature game. As big as he is, as athletic as he is, there’s a quiet maturity to his game. He’s not somebody who over-works or overdoes it in terms of his movements. And he has hockey sense. Some people, sometimes, don’t think that hockey IQ is important in goaltenders. It’s really important, in terms of being able to read plays and those types of things.”