The sixth ranked North American goaltender from South Portland according to NHL Central Scouting was the fourth North American goalie taken off the board when the Calgary Flames used the 75th overall selection in the third round to take Gilles.
“That draft was so unpredictable,” Gillies said. “I didn’t know where I was going to go. There was so many off the wall picks. The (NHL Central Scouting) rankings really went out the window.”
Only two of the five goaltenders ranked ahead of Gillies among the North American goalies were picked before the Flames made the selection.
“A prime example is a great goaltender in Brandon Whitney (of the Victoriaville Tigres of the QMJHL) who I thought was excellent,” Gillies said. The number two goaltender in North America ended up dropping to the seventh round. I couldn’t believe it.”
The 6-4, 216-pound netminder had a 31-11-9 record with a 2.77 goals-against average and .915 save percentage in the regular season this season with the Indiana Ice of the USHL. He led the Ice to the Eastern Conference Finals before falling to the Green Bay Gamblers, finishing with 3-3-0 record with a 2.84GAA and a .911 save percentage.
“It’s unbelievable, I can’t put it into words how honored, humbled, and happy I am to be a part of their organization,” Gillies said of the Flames drafting him. “I can’t wait to get started.”
The Flames drafted some familiar names to Gillies including future Providence College teammate Mark Jankowski in the first round.
“I actually called that pick,” said Gillies of Calgary’s first round selection Mark Jankowski. “That was one of my few right guesses and he’s a world class player. No matter where you play, you put up a goal a game, and almost a 100 points, it takes something else. He’s a great kid I am so excited to play with him.”
“Also I am very fortunate to be drafted by the same organization as Pat Sieloff (second round), someone who I played against for a very long time. He’s a world-class defenseman and I am happy to finally play with him. Matt Deblouw (sixth round) is one of my best friends. Overall, it was an unbelievable day and I couldn’t be happier about going to Calgary.”
NOTES: The University of Maine saw two recruits drafted in this weekend’s draft in Pittsburgh as Devin Shore went to the Dallas Stars in the second round and defenseman Ben Hutton went in the fifth round to the Vancouver Canucks.
Two former Lewiston Maineiacs were also drafted as Dillon Fournier was the Chicago Blackhawks’ second round selection. He had nine goals and 28 assists in 52 games with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Francis Beauvillier was the Florida Panthers’ sixth round pick. With the Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL) he had 23 goals and 11 assists in the regular season.