Restocking The Cupboard: Adam Gilmour
Posted by Nathan Wells on Tuesday, July 03, 2012
6'2", 195 lbs
Fourth Round, 98th Overall, 2012 NHL Draft
The later rounds of the NHL Draft are tough even for the most dedicated Draft minds. Unless you work for a scouting agency or team, it's hard to know every single name and have likely at best seen the local players. Even the NHL Network avoids covering these later rounds in one form or another and discuss Day 1 stories or what happened last year while letting a dozen picks pile up. However, when one of those late-round names you've heard good things about drop to the team you cover, it's a great feeling.
Adam Gilmour is one of those names.
Gilmour was one of the first people Dan Chan of Hockey Wilderness and a couple other people who cover New England high school and college hockey wanted to discuss when asked about draft-eligible players from the region. Combining size, speed and hard work, the 6'2" center averaged more than 2 points per game in prep school hockey last season (56 points - 26G-30A - in 26 games). Although New England prep hockey is not the most competitive league (for those in Minnesota, it's comparable to high school), putting up those numbers for Nobles is impressive.
Besides that display of skill, Gilmour isn't afraid to be physical, battling hard to the net. Between the size (although he does need to pack on some weight, being a "lanky" 195 lbs), skating ability and being responsible in both ends, Adam sounds like the prototypical Chuck Fletcher/Brent Flahr Day 2 pick. So why picked in the fourth round?
Like many later Minnesota picks (Erik Haula, Nick Seeler and Mario Lucia), Gilmour is a season away from playing college hockey. He'll be suiting up for the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the USHL, who drafted the American in the first round, before heading to play for the defending national champion Boston College in 2013. The year in the USHL should be good for Gilmour as he sometimes relies on skill and won't be able to get away with it (the same is true in college).
It's a familiar theme with a familiar player, but how much he grows during that development period will make all the difference but there are tools to be an NHLer.
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