NHL Hockey: Colton Gillies
Colton Gillies #9 – LW
POB: White Rock, B.C., Canada
Height: 6-4 Weight: 208lbs
NHL Seasons: 2
Drafted by Minnesota in 2007 (1/16)
With a name like Colton Gillies, there was a good chance that the West Coast Canadian kid would become a hockey player! After all, his third cousin is – you guessed it, NHL Hall of Famer Clark Gillies.
Born on February 12th, 1989 in White Rock, British Columbia, Colton Gillies was a natural. His size and skill at an early age caught the eye of many WHL and NHL scouts and prompted the Saskatoon Blades of the Western Hockey League to choose him second overall on the 2004 WHL Bantam Draft.
Playing on a weak Blades team for four years, Gillies still made enough of an impression to be selected to Canada’s 2007 IIHL World Under18 team – a tournament in which Canada finished fourth. The next year, Gillies would represent Canada at the 2008 World Junior Championship in the Czech Republic where he would taste Gold as a member of that team.
Despite playing for a floundering team in Saskatoon, Gillies stood out enough for the Minnesota Wild to take notice – the Wild traded up three spots in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft in order to secure the rights of the big, physical winger. Gillies was chosen in the first round – 16th overall by Minnesota.
Northwest Athlete Profile: Colton Gillies
After the 2007-2008 season with Saskatoon, Gillies was assigned to Minnesota’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Houston Aeros where he played 11 games and recorded 11 points.
Training Camp prior to the 2008-2009 season resulted in Gillies making the Wild and playing 45 games while recording just two goals and five assists.
His first NHL point came on October 11th, 2008 – an assist against Boston and his first NHL goal came on December 19th, 2008 against the New York Islanders.
Unable to stick with the Big Club, Gillies would spend the 2009-2010 season with the minor league Houston Aeros where he would record 20 points.
Gillies would play with the Aeros most of the 2010-2011 as well but did play the final 7 games of the season with Minnesota, contributing a goal in the last game of the season.
On July 6, 2011, Gillies was awarded with a two-year contract extension by the Minnesota Wild only to be put on waivers six months later by the club.
He was claimed off waivers by the Columbus Blue Jackets on January 14th, 2012.
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