In the latest blow to come to the career of Colton Gillies, Russo is reporting that Gillies is on waivers. This is a completely un-shocking move, and one that, frankly, likely should have come much sooner. It is clear that players like Warren Peters and David McIntyre are outplaying Gillies, and that is simply unacceptable for guy with a fancy one way NHL contract. Especially a fancy one way, two year NHL contract.
The story of Gillies is one Wild fans are already familiar with. Drafted too high in a draft that was flat out not very good for anyone outside of the top 10, Gillies is the last remaining poster boy of the HWSRN era of draft and ruin. Gillies was put on the big squad too soon, had his confidence and development destroyed, and was eventually put in Houston to try to "fix" his game.
This season, Chuck Fletcher felt that Gillies deserved a reward for being a beast in Houston last season, much to the delight of many in Minnesota. However, his game has crashed again, and he simply no longer deserves the spot on the big club. There are too many guys in Houston willing to show the hunger and drive that Gillies has apparently lost.
If this is the last of Colton Gillies in the Wild organization, we wish him well. If he is headed for Houston, we hope he finds his game and the passion to be an NHLer that somehow was lost along the way.