Development Camp 2013: John Gilmour


Providence College's starting line faces the BU crowd

– pic via D. Mahoney


Providence College freshman John Gilmour ended his first year of college in a rather unique way – by being drafted by an NHL team. The native of Montreal – who in no way is related to Doug Gilmour – is a teammate of 2012 Flames draft picks Mark Jankowski and Jon Gillies, which most likely got him on the club’s radar.

The finance major put up 13 points in 38 games as a freshman, but was generally regarded as a solid two-way blueliner rather than a stellar offensive threat. But if the Friars are expected to take a leap forward in the NCAA pecking order this season, Gilmour will be relied upon to maintain his defensive stance while pitching in a bit more offensively.

The 198th pick in the 2013 NHL Draft was in attendance at Flames development camp earlier this month, where I had the chance to speak with him a bit.


Ryan Pike: What was it like to hear your name called by Calgary, a team where you already know some guys?

John Gilmour: I was ecstatic. Really great feeling. Just to get drafted to the NHL is such an honour, especially a good city like Calgary where they love their hockey. It’s great.

You’re getting accustomed to the NHL with the development camp – probably your only taste this year because of school – is it helpful that you have teammates here?

Absolutely. It’s not like I’m meeting a bunch of new faces – I am, also – but it’s easier with other people who are helping me adjust here at development camp, and it’s nice to see some familiar faces.

You’re also seeing some guys from Hockey East that are teammates right now but will be facing you in Hockey East in the fall. Are you scouting any of these guys?

We’ll play a bunch of these guys all year. They’re all really great players. It’s really competitive out here. We pretty much know what they’re all about, and they’re all skilled, you can’t really get a really good read on them all the time – they’re always getting better and you’ve just got to do the same.

Providence College was a young team last year, but you opened a lot of eyes and impressed people. What are your goals for next year, because obviously you want to keep getting better?

Our goal is to go as far as winning a national championship and winning Hockey East. We think we can do it because we came pretty far last year. We’re just playing with our finish. With all the young guys in our line-up who are getting all the experience now, we feel like there’s no excuse not to win.

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  • Usually 19/20 year olds (draft repeaters or over-agers) don’t get ranked by Central Scouting. Much like Tim Harrison, Gilmour was a guy that the Flames saw who they liked, but that I doubt any draft agency had much stock in.

    Gilmour’s definitely got his head on straight, though. Wouldn’t be surprised if he wears an A or a C for Providence College before he graduates.

    • McRib

      Good to know he is a bright kid, a Finance Major is about as difficult as a buisness degree gets. I would completely lambaste the Flames for wasting picks on Tim Harrison & John Gilmour. When first year eligible Major Junior players like Jesse Lees, Jaedon Descheneau went undrafted and could have been had in the 7th, but Tim Harrison looks like a very decent pick. Sometimes these personal picks work out these are the a scout was watching someone else and noticed them types. None of these players were ranked by anyone its mostly done just to appease an area scout, IMO. At least unlike Philadelphia the Flames are making these picks in the 7th and not the 3rd… Tyrell Goulbourne… Yikes!!!! People think Calgary reached on Kanzig at least people had him ranked and he has upside!! Goulbourne is a second year eligible middleweight fighter.

      The one odd thing about the Gilmor pick is in two years he could been had for a one way AHL contract. Why draft him??? Oh well.

      The Flames draft this season was like most teams, they got some very solid high end talent that was available in the earlier rounds then they just started taking shots in the dark in the later rounds. Look at Edmonton they drafted London’s fourth line centre, a Midget AAA & a 20 year-old tier two BCHLer.