Prospect Viewing: Adam Gilmour vs. Minnesota

Adam Gilmour, Right Wing
Boston College (NCAA)
6'3" 193 Pounds 1/29/1994
4th Round 98th Overall 2012 Draft

First Round Bust had the opportunity to watch Gilmour live for the second time in 10 months this past weekend when Minnesota hosted Boston College at Mariucci Arena. While the weekend didn't go in BCs favor (an insane 3-3 tie Friday was followed by a 6-1 Gophers win Sunday), it was a treat to see the Wild prospect play in person.

The 2012 fourth round pick, wearing #14 and accurately listed at 6'3", 193 lbs,  has already been given a major role in his freshman season by legendary head coach Jerry York. Gilmour plays on the Eagles' top line with junior Johnny Gaudreau and senior Bill Arnold. Boston College has a mix of freshmen joining in its top-six, which is something that Gaudreau is aware of as an upperclassmen. He's been there before.

"When I was a freshman I had guys like Steve Whitney and Pat Mullane looking up to and I'm just trying to follow in their footseps and do what they did for me," Gaudreau told me after Friday's game about being linemates with Gilmour. "I'm just trying to help him as much as I can."

Gilmour's weekend didn't get off to a great start. He started Fridays game by running into a Boston College defenseman and the shift ended with Minnesota freshman Hudson Fasching scoring 30 seconds into the game. He was later on the ice for the third Gophers goal, however, didn't play a role. Other than the first goal, Gilmour's positioning and awareness throughout the weekend was outstanding. The 19 year-old knows where to be and where his linemates are going.

Being on a line with Gaudreau, one of the few players in college hockey that can create offense by himself, allows Gilmour to focus defensively and open space for the speedy scorer. He looked good in all three zones. When asked to carry the puck into the zone, he did. However, it was on the second power play unit away from Gaudreau and Arnold where Gilmour had his best chances Sunday. On one Eagles power play in the first period, the Hanover, MA native had three shots on Minnesota goalie Adam Wilcox.

(That said, he didn't score any points last weekend. Gilmour has 3 assists in 5 games this season; all from a 9-2 win against Wisconsin.)

With his vision and two-way play, you can see why the Wild decided to chose to draft Gilmour last season. There are plenty of positives. Dan compared him last season with Mario Lucia - like Lucia last season, Gilmour wasn't on the penalty kill - and while I wouldn't go that far offensively, their games are similarly built. Both are smooth skaters with sneaky forward speed and quick feet.

The biggest negative for this weekend was that the freshman forward...looked like a freshman. Gilmour wasn't consistent in his play with the puck. Some passes would be rushed and picked off by Minnesota. Other times he would look unsure in his decisions. For every positive play like drawing a penalty, there was a hesitation or a tipped pass.

This is only Gilmour's first month as a collegian and there is a learning curve that all freshmen go through. He still has room to grow both physically and development-wise. Both will help. It will be interesting where he is a few months down the road. Take it for what it is worth, but I thought Gilmour looked better in Sunday's 6-1 loss than the 3-3 tie Friday.

Plus he has the endorsement and support of Johnny Gaudreau.

"(Adam's) a great player," he said. "We have a lot of great freshmen on our team and I knew that coming in I was going to play with one of them. He's a great kid, a great player on the ice."

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