The New Jersey Devils acquire former Utica Comets goaltender

Jon Gillies, who played for the Utica Comets during the 2020-21 season, was acquired by the Devils from the St. Louis Blues.

The Utica Comets goaltending situation just became a bit more clear.

That’s because their parent club, the New Jersey Devils, traded for goaltender Jon Gillies from the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday afternoon. In return for Gillies, the Blues will be receiving future considerations from the Devils.

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The twenty-seven-year-old Gillies was drafted in the third round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by the Calgary Flames. He played three seasons of NCAA hockey at Providence College before turning professional with the Stockton Heat of the American Hockey League during the 2015-16 season. In his professional career, Gillies has played for four AHL teams, including five games for the Utica Comets in the 2020-21 season. In his five games with the Comets, he posted a 3-1-1 record with a 2.37 GAA and a save percentage of .902 (stats provided by https://hockeydb.com). This season he has played one game for the Maine Mariners of the ECHL, three games for the Providence Bruins, and one game for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms of the AHL, as well as one game for the St. Louis Blues in the NHL.

The Utica Comets have a wealth of NHL experience

In his career, Gillies has played a total of thirteen games in the National Hockey League for the Calgary Flames and St. Louis Blues. He has an NHL record of 4-5-2 with a 2.72 GAA and .905 save percentage.

It is unclear if it will be Schmid or Gillies that will be reassigned to Utica but one of them obviously will be – most likely it will be Schmid so that he can get some playing time. The Comets start a back-to-back on Thursday in Cleveland against the Monsters, and the Devils next game is on Thursday night at home against the Vegas Golden Knights.

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