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Sabres invite former Wild first-rounder Gillies to camp

Sep 10, 2013, 4:29 PM EDT

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The Buffalo Sabres have given Colton Gillies another shot at reviving his NHL career.

The Sabres released their training camp roster on Tuesday, revealing that Gillies — the 16th overall pick at the 2007 NHL Entry Draft — will be attending on a professional try out.

Gillies, 24, has fallen on hard times after making his NHL debut for Minnesota at 19 years of age.

Things started brightly with the Wild — Gillies made the team out of training camp in 2008-09 and appeared in 45 games, scoring seven points — but quickly turned south as he toiled in AHL Houston for the better part of two seasons.

Gillies appeared in just seven games for Minnesota during the 2010-11 season and 37 during the 2011-12 campaign before being placed on waivers, where he was quickly scooped up by Columbus.

While the former WHL Saskatoon standout did carve a role for himself with the Jackets — he appeared in 27 games last season — he was a healthy scratch on numerous occasions and wasn’t brought back after his contract expired in July.

All this said, Gillies does have some upside. He’s big (6-foot-4, 207 pounds), relatively young and has over 150 games of NHL experience.

He’s also competing for a spot on a Sabres team with just 11 forwards under contract (Cody Hodgson, still unsigned, will be the 12th) — but it remains to be seen if he’ll get a shot ahead of promising youngsters like Zemgus Girgensons and Joel Armia.

  1. ibieiniid - Sep 10, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    I’m commenting so this doesn’t end up with 0 comments.

    who cares?

    • ibieiniid - Sep 10, 2013 at 4:45 PM

      sorry Halford. subject matter is meh.

    • bullwinkle88 - Sep 10, 2013 at 7:13 PM

      How kind of you. Now please step aside for someone who loves this team.

      Thank you.

      This guy is new to me, but I know that the Sabres desperately need help on the wings, so his arrival is welcome. I don’t know what issues he has…obviously some… but Rolston is good with kids so let’s hope this turns out well for the blue & gold!

      • lordfletcher - Sep 10, 2013 at 10:53 PM

        Hate to be the one who brings you the bad news… but if he ever amounts to anything better than a 3rd or 4th line winger that shows very inconsistent play, you’ve hit the Powerball.

        Kid isn’t worth getting excited for… Not bashing, just trying to shed light. I wish him the best.

        still can’t believe those 3rd sweaters.

      • gooterbaby - Sep 11, 2013 at 1:25 AM

        Yup hes a big guy who can skate a little but he doesn’t put up points or score goals…not even in juniors. Did I mention he is afraid to play physical? Terrible first round pick by the Wild.

      • ibieiniid - Sep 11, 2013 at 8:05 AM

        even the Sabres fan had a hint of I-don’t-care in there.

  2. buffalo65 - Sep 10, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    Can’t hurt. Bunch of kids and a couple vets could be surprise team.

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