While most NHL teams are adding experienced backups ahead of what is expected to be a condensed 2020-21 schedule, the St. Louis Blues did the opposite, trading away Jake Allen. As they head toward the new season with untested Ville Husso looking like the presumptive new backup, the Blues have added to their depth in net as a precaution. The team announced that Jon Gillies has signed a one-year, two-way contract. No financial terms have been disclosed.
Gillies, 26, brings a dozen NHL appearances with him to the No. 3 role with St. Louis. Gillies was once a top prospect for the Calgary Flames and was even ahead of David Rittich on the organizational depth chart. A star at Providence College, Gillies’ performance in the pros has been a bit more schizophrenic, but he has shown flashes of great ability.
If Husso falters as backup or if an injury occurs to he or starter Jordan Binnington, the Blues could do worse than Gillies as a fallback option. However, St. Louis could very well be in the market for an established veteran backup on the trade market later in the season.