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Gillies, McDonald land on InGoal Magazine's top prospects list

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

CALGARY, AB -- In preparation for the 2015-16 season, InGoal Magazine sized up NHL goaltending prospects and came up with their top 50 for a recent feature run on their website.

The guidelines InGoal used to qualify prospects are as follows:

- Must be 25 years old or younger

- Have played 10 games or less in the NHL

- Must be drafted or signed by a professional club

Calgary Flames prospects Jon Gillies and Mason McDonald came in high on the list, ranking 10th and 15th respectively. Joni Ortio, with 15 NHL games under his belt, was not eligible in the rankings.

JON GILLIES

"He may have to make some tweaks when he starts to face better shooters at the AHL level, but all reports show that he is a guy that is willing to learn – and is capable of learning very quickly." - InGoal on Jon Gilles. Read the full article HERE.

The South Portland, ME product ranks 10th on InGoal's list thanks to a stellar collegiate career at Providence College. He is set to turn pro in 2015-16 after signing an entry-level deal with the Flames on Apr. 15.

In his three years at Providence, Gillies went 60-34-13, became the Friars all-time leader in shutouts with 13, and helped lead his team to a national championship this past season.

In the NCAA tournament this spring, the 21-year-old made 52 saves in a pair of games in the East Regional and made 23 saves on 24 shots against Denver in the Regional Final to earn All-East Regional Team honours.

At the Frozen Four, he made 25 saves in a 4-1 win over Omaha in the national semi-final. In the championship game, he led the Friars to a 4-3 win with a career-high 49 saves against fellow Flames prospect Brandon Hickey and the Boston University Terriers.

The Flames drafted the netminder in the third round (75th overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft.

MASON McDONALD

"He has displayed above-average puck tracking abilities, and is one of the most athletic goaltenders in the QMJHL right now." - InGoal on Mason McDonald. Read the full article HERE.

Mason McDonald was the Charlottetown Islanders go-to guy in net in 2014-15, going 28-22-4 in 56 appearances while posting a 3.06 GAA and a .906 save percentage -- the second highest save percentage amongst QMJHL goaltenders last year. He faced an average of 31 shots per game in the regular season.

The Halifax, NS native recently participated in Hockey Canada's development camp and Summer Showcase, one of the first steps for the organization to build their roster for the 2016 World Junior Championship.

McDonald is hoping to land the starter's gig at the tournament in Helsinki, Finland. He previously represented Canada at the World U-18 Championship last year, recording a 1.94 GAA and a .930 save percentage. He was named the tournament's top goalie for his efforts in helping his country collect bronze.

"I think that experience shows them I can be the starter," McDonald said at the Summer Showcase. "Right now, it's just a process of showing them I can still do that and I can do that at Christmas time. If I do show them that, I'll have a good chance of cracking the team."

The Flames took McDonald 34th overall in the 2014 NHL Draft, making him the first goaltender selected in that draft.

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