Jon Gillies out day-to-day with lower body injury

Jon Gillies definitely isn’t being recalled any time soon.

In what has been an absolutely disastrous season for Calgary Flames goaltending, you wouldn’t think it could get any worse – until it did. Sure, it’s been abhorrent at the NHL level, but at least there was always the ray of hope from Stockton: a tall rookie playing his first professional season in Gillies.

Until, well.

Gillies played just the first period, stopping all nine shots he faced before being forced to leave the game with a lower body injury. Kent Simpson replaced him in net, stopping 18 of the 20 shots he faced as the Heat ultimately fell to the Bakersfield Condors, 2-1. Markus Granlund had the lone Heat goal, a successful powerplay conversion early in the third.

The Heat host the Ontario Reign tonight, and with Gillies’ status being day-to-day, his availability is questionable (although it wouldn’t be surprising to see Simpson get his first start of the year). Stockton’s next game is nearly a week from today, on Nov. 13, so it’s entirely possible Gillies will be back in time for that game.

At least, that’s what you hope for. It doesn’t do to have one of the Flames’ most promising prospects to lose development time due to injury, particularly when he needs to find consistency at the AHL level, something he has struggled with early in his career.

Gillies’ save percentage now sits at .920 for the year. His save percentage is top-20 in the AHL, and the seventh best out of all rookie goalies.

The Heat have a 2-4-0-1 record, giving them a .357 winning percentage and putting them right at the bottom of the AHL’s new Pacific Division. They have only won two games – both shutout efforts from Gillies – so it’s a team that, just like its starting goaltender, needs to find consistency, and hopefully start stringing some wins together sooner rather than later (hey, just like their parent club!). Gillies’ return will likely help with that, so hopefully he’s only out for a couple of days at most.


Well, that’s not a particularly good sign. Then again, better safe than sorry.

  • supra steve

    Gillies will be fine. Our goaltending will be fine. No way will the team save % be sub .910 by the end of the year. The team is finding their stride. We’ve seen the worst…the rest of the year should be fun.

      • supra steve

        Agree completely.

        From my perspective, if the worst comes to pass and the Flames suck all season, we end up with another very high pick…and some extra picks from trade deadline moves. All of which will be great for this club in the not to distant future.

        Last year was great, but if it turns out to be just a freak season in the middle of a 5 year rebuild, then how great was that?…not having 5 straight seasons in the cold.

        All the fire Hartley/trade Backlund/Russell (and almost everyone else) talk is a little, no make that a lot, premature…and unappreciative of past performances. This should still be looked at as a marathon, not a sprint.

        • supra steve

          In addition to picking up some picks at the TDL after a year of underachieving, the team will take another year off of some of the worst contracts in the league on the back end. That in turn may make it easier to buy some of them out, trade them, or just suffer through a final year before making a real push towards the top tier of the leagues elite in two to three years time.

          Plus, if he keeps going this way, it may temper the contract expectations of Sean Monahan and Jiri Hudler (unless traded) and maybe we can re-sign both of them at a better deal than considered likely before the season started.

          Don’t misunderstand, I don’t want the team to “earn” a high draft pick and be a seller at the TDL. But you gotta make lemonade out of lemons and constantly leverage your assets in the right direction.

          I still think there is a new scheme on the back end that is causing players problems and maybe some of the players aren’t right for the scheme. The puck luck isn’t there but meh, you can’t do anything about that. But whatever the problem is, the answer isn’t eviscerating a team and staff that gave everybody a WTF season only last year.