Zachary DeVine, Hockey Prophets features writer who covers the San Jose Sharks for The Hockey Writers and Dobber's Prospects, has put together his March ranking for the 2017 NHL Draft. Zakk will be updating his list throughout the rest of the season.
To see the Hockey Prophets' Top 60, go to 2017 Draft Class (The "99s").
March 12, 2017 by Zachary DeVine
(Photo: Danya Ford/Portlandwinterhawks)
Cody Glass has become a leader for the Portland Winterhawks on and off the ice. In two quick years after being selected fourteenth overall by Portland in the 2014 Bantam Draft, Glass has time and again shown that he is the calibre of player and person who can step up into whatever role the team asks of him. In his rookie season, the Winterhawks lost their top center--Dominic Turgeon--to injury just as the team was entering the WHL postseason. Glass took on the top-line center role, and depsite the team getting swept in the first round, the first-year forward notched a goal and two assists in those four games, and gained immeasurable experience.
“I think that was a huge help, getting to see what the first line was all about, and especially to get a touch of playoffs like that, too. No, it was really helpful, and I think it was a really good help going into the year. And obviously Turgeon was a huge help going into my career, and I think with him basically guiding me through my rookie season, it was a huge help."
Nearly a year later, the now second-year centerman has been making waves in draft prospect rankings with his perfect combination of good skating, gaudy point totals, top line deployment and size. At 6’2 and 179-pounds, he has the type of NHL frame that teams covet when it comes to a top-six pivot, but of all of his admirable attributes, Glass himself said that the biggest boost in his game this year has been improved confidence.
Read more: Cody Glass Becoming a Leader For The Winterhawks...
March 9, 2017 by Zachary DeVine
(Photo: Asvitt Photography/Stockton Heat)
In 2012, the Calgary Flames selected Jon Gillies from the USHL’s Indiana Ice with the 75th overall selection. The 6’6, 225-pound Gillies headed off that following fall to Providence College where Gillies starred for the next three years, earning multiple awards (Hockey East Rookie of the Year, Goaltender of the Year, All-American selections among them) and culminating with a 49-save effort against Jack Eichel and the Boston College Terriers in 2015 to win an NCAA National Championship and earn the Tournament MVP honors.
When Gillies signed with the Flames on April 15, 2015, he formally ended his college career as Providence’s all-time leader in goals-against average (2.08) and shutouts (13). He also finished second in Friars history in wins (60) and saves (3,000).
In his first year with the AHL’s Stockton Heat, Gillies continued his strong play in the nets.He appeared in seven games for the Heat, posting a 2.31 goals-against average and a .920 saves percentage with two shutouts. Then, Gillies underwent season ending hip surgery to correct an anterior labrum tear.
After a long and intensive rehabilitation program, Gillies is now back to full strength and working to regain his form. Hockey Prophets spoke with him recently to find out about his second go at an AHL rookie season.
Read more: Jon Gillies Works Back Into Top-Prospect Form