Colton Gillies Placed On Waivers

One of the downsides of naming this blog "First Round Bust" is that while the prospect pool has improved, there's always the chance of another Minnesota Wild pick fitting the mold of A.J. Thelen, James Sheppard or Benoit Pouliot.

This isn't Sheppardian (which is so bad I just made up a word to describe it) but there is a cause for concern with Colton Gillies.

Colton Gillies (photo from

Gillies, Minnesota's first round pick in 2007, was placed on waivers today per Bob McKenzie. If he clears, he'll be sent down to Houston but not before the other 29 teams have a chance to claim Gillies.

This season can be seen as a disappointment for Colton. He has no goals and two assists in 37 games with the Wild after having a great AHL playoff run with the Aeros. Despite the familiarity with Mike Yeo and the feeling Gillies was ready to make the next step after former GM Doug Risebrough rushed his development, he hasn't done it. He's been a healthy scratch lately and with Minnesota trying to avoid any further meltdown after losing 12 of 14 and having scoring, the writing was on the wall.

It will be interesting to see if Gillies clears or can gain some confidence regardless of whether it's with the Wild or not. Selfishly I hope Colton can get things together because the header has enough faces in it.


  1. Something's brewing.

  2. I imagine he clears. I probably just jinxed it with that comment.