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Gilmour Out to 'Turn Some Heads' in New York

by Matthew Calamia / New York Rangers

The college free agent period that began on Tuesday has netted the Rangers at least one prospect in the form of defenseman John Gilmour out of Providence College.

Gilmour, 23, posted nine goals and 14 assists in 34 games last season at Providence and ranked fifth among all NCAA defensemen with 12 power play assists and tied for eighth in the NCAA in goals and power play goals among blueliners.

"I like to think I'm a two-way, puck-moving defenseman with offensive upside," Gilmour told in a telephone interview Thursday. "I try and make a good first pass out of my zone."

At 6-foot-0, 190 pounds, Gilmour said he knows he isn't the biggest defenseman in the game, but also said he knows he isn't the smallest either. He said he's greatly improved on the defensive-side of the game, namely in his ability to defend with his stick.

With that said, Gilmour added a top goal of his is to get bigger, and that starts in the weight room.

The Montreal, Quebec-native, who was drafted in the seventh-round in 2013 by the Calgary Flames, helped lead Providence to a National Title in 2015. He said that experience has helped in his development.

"The whole experience was surreal," he said. "To experience winning at that level was phenomenal. We learned about what it takes to win on a nightly basis and how you have to respect the process."

While lessons were learned while they were heading towards their championship, Gilmour said the squad learned a lot after as well, namely how to succeed when a target is on your back.

"I think after we won that championship, the next year we had a better record because we knew how important the day-to-day of the regular season is," Gilmour said, adding that Providence got the best of every opponent during the course of last season.

Now the focus shifts towards a potential future in New York with the Rangers. He said one of the biggest adjustments he'll have to make is the increased amount of games a professional season offers compared to college, but it's one he's looking forward to tackling.

"I think the biggest change will be the consistency," Gilmour said. "We're going to be playing a lot more hockey," and thus he'll have to remain focused.

"I'm very excited," added Gilmour, who knows fellow Rangers prospect Adam Chapie a bit from facing him while Chapie was at UMass-Lowell. "In college, you're practicing all week and you get to play on the weekend. At the next level there will be a lot more games."

With his name on the dotted line, Gilmour is anxious for September to come around.

"It feels great," Gilmour said. "Just very exciting. The Rangers are a very historic franchise and I'm honestly really excited to get things going."

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