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Jon Gillies was the Flames' third round pick in the 2012 NHL Draft

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson /

From June 10-19, will be highlighting the organization's most promising prospects - players who have made tremendous strides since being drafted and those who could make a push for a roster spot in the near future.

Kicking off our Top Prospects series is goaltender Jon Gillies, who is coming off a 18-14-1 season with the Stockton Heat in the AHL.

When the Flames selected Gillies 75th overall in the 2012 NHL Draft, they saw incredible upside in the netminder.

Coming off a strong season with the USHL's Indiana Ice, Gillies had plenty of raw skill. Known for his athleticism, quick reflexes, excellent positioning and playing shooters aggressively, Gillies also had the frame NHL teams covet, standing 6-foot-6.

The biggest knock against Gillies ahead of the draft was that he was a raw talent that needed refinement. If he was able to polish his technique and add more muscle, he had the tangibles to become an NHL starter.

Thus far, the South Portland, Maine, native has proved the organization's scouts correct.

After spending three years with Providence College and capturing the national championship in 2015, Gillies signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Flames on Apr. 15, 2015. He ended his collegiate career with a 60-34-13 record, a 2.08 GAA and a .931 save percentage and won a multitude of awards during his tenure at Providence, including the Hockey East Rookie Of The Year in 2012-13, Hockey East Goalie of the Year in 2014-15 and the 2015 Frozen Four MVP.

In addition to his collegiate success, Gillies also played for the USA at two IIHF World Championship tournaments, winning gold in 2013.

Expectations were understandably high ahead of Gillies' rookie season with the Stockton Heat but lingering hip issues cut his year short. After just seven games, he underwent surgery that ended his season.

Gillies rebounded well last year, going 18-14-1 with a 2.93 GAA and a .910 save percentage with the Heat. He also earned his first call-up in 2016-17 and made his NHL debut on April 6, making 27 saves in a 4-1 victory over the LA Kings.

Video: CGY@LAK: Gillies sprawls to deny Forbort in NHL debut

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