SAINT PAUL, Minn. A day after the Wild placed 2007 first-round pick Colton Gillies on waivers, the Columbus Blue Jackets foiled Minnesota's plans to send the send the forward to Houston of the AHL by claiming him.
Gillies had two assists in 37 games this season, and coach Mike Yeo said Friday that the 22-year-old's confidence had been damaged to the point it could not be repaired at the NHL level.
The plan had been to send him to Houston, where he led Yeo's team there to the Calder Cup Finals last season with seven goals and five assists in 24 playoff games.
"Assuming he clears waivers tomorrow, I think it will be a great opportunity for him to go to Houston and get his game going," general manager Fletcher said Friday. "He's a young player, he's got a great future ahead of him, and I think this is the best for decision for his long-term development."
Unfortunately for the Wild, if he has a great future, it'll be with the Blue Jacke...