By the Numbers will highlight the on-ice accomplishments in the 2017-18 season for the Detroit Red Wings' prospects. Twice a week during the offseason, By the Numbers will profile a different player in the system, focusing on his statistical highs. This week we focus on center Brady Gilmour.
It all looked so promising for Brady Gilmour when he arrived for Saginaw Spirit training camp last year in late August.
He was coming off an impressive second season with the Spirit in which he amassed 47 points, including 26 goals in 65 games, and best of all, he had been drafted by the Red Wings in the seventh round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
With his confidence soaring, Gilmour's aspirations for his third year in Saginaw were simple - keep improving his overall game and build upon the career numbers he set the previous season.
Gilmour's season started out slowly, but eventually the 5-foot-11, 180-pound center's game started to turn around.
However, he suffered an elbow injury at midseason which shut him down for the remainder of the year.
It was a disappointing ending to a season filled with high expectations, so it's imperative Gilmour rebounds this year in Saginaw. He's a heady player with a solid skill set and he is an excellent team player and leader.
If he stays healthy and contributes consistently for the Spirit, Gilmour could find himself as a member of the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins or ECHL's Toledo Walleye for the 2019-20 campaign.
41 - Total number of games Gilmour played in out of Saginaw's 68-game regular season schedule.
9 - After scoring 26 goals in 65 games the season before, Gilmour registered nine goals in the 41 games he appeared in before he was injured. In his rookie season, he had seven goals in 61 games for the Spirit.
16 - Gilmour dished out 16 assists. It was the second time in his Saginaw career that he tallied 16. He had 16 assists in his first year as a Spirit. He had a career-high 21 assists during the 2016-17 season.
25 - Total number of points Gilmour accumulated last season, the second highest point total in his OHL career. His 47 points in 2016-17 were his career best.
6 - His total penalty minutes. Known as a very disciplined player, Gilmour has 16 career penalty minutes in the 167 games he's played for Saginaw over three seasons.
193 - Detroit selected Gilmour in the seventh round, 193rd overall, in the 2017 NHL Draft. He was the sixth Spirit player drafted by the Red Wings. Detroit has drafted more Spirit players than any other NHL team. The five other Saginaw players Detroit has picked are: Tyler Haskins (2004 draft, fifth round, 162nd overall); Jan Mursak (2006 draft, sixth round, 182nd overall); Zack Torquato (2007 draft, sixth round, 178th overall); Jake Patterson (2012 draft, third round, 80th overall); and Filip Hronek (2016 draft, second round, 53rd overall).
Quotable: "Brady had a slow start but really about a quarter of the way through, he started playing the way he's capable of. He's an extremely smart player who makes intelligent, skilled plays. The last quarter of the season when he was injured, you could see how big an impact he has on our team. I think he needs to take the next step to become an elite player in our league, being a top center that produces points every night and leads the team by example." - Troy Smith, Saginaw Spirit head coach