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2007 Entry Draft Prospect Profile: Colton Gillies

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers
From May 7 through June 15, will be profiling 30 of the top prospects in the upcoming NHL Entry Draft in alphabetical order. Check back daily Monday through Friday, to learn more about the players who could become first round draft picks of the club. Philadelphia has two first round picks, including the second choice overall.

The 2007 NHL Entry Draft takes place on June 22 and 23 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

Colton Gillies
2007 Team: Saskatoon (WHL)
Position: Center
Shoots: Left
Height: 6’3’’
Weight: 189
DOB: 2-12-89

2007 Statistics
GP: 65G: 13A: 17PTS: 30PIM: 148

Colton Gillies is the prototypical power forward. The nephew of former New York Islander Clark Gillies, Colton shows a knack for knocking his opponents off of the puck and connecting on thundering checks. He has tremendous speed for a big man, and has shown himself to be a valuable penalty-killer.

Gillies is listed just 30th among Central Scouting’s ranking of North American skaters, but 13th overall by International Scouting Services. Among the parts of his game that could use improvement are his ability around the net and his positioning. His lack of goal production could also hurt his overall draft position.

Gillies participated in the 2007 CHL Top Prospects Game for Team White; had 12 points (6G, 6A) in 2005-06 to finish third among Blades’ rookies in scoring; was selected to play for Team Canada at the 2007 Under-18 World Championships; was an assistant captain of the gold-medal winning Team Canada at the 2006 Under-18 Junior World Cup; and was a member of Team Pacific at the 2005 Under-17 World Hockey Challenge helping his team win silver.

The Flyers say...
"Colton Gillies is a big, up-and-down winger. He skates really well, hangs around the play and gets involved. He is not afraid of a little contact, and has decent skill and hockey sense."
- Director of Hockey Operations Chris Pryor

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