April 3, 2013 by conteconfidential
If you average two points per game and stand an imposing 6-foot-3, you’re going to attract attention.
In his first year at Noble & Greenough in 2010, Adam Gilmour was a solid point-per-game player, finishing with 11 goals and 16 assists in 27 games. Last season, his totals were just plain gaudy: 56 points (26 goals and 30 assists) in 28 games.
That campaign would end with Gilmour being selected in the NHL, USHL and QMJHL drafts. It would also end with him committing to his dream school, Boston College.
Ranked 101st on the NHL Central Scouting Final Rankings, he was drafted by the Minnesota Wild 98th overall in the 2012 NHL draft.
“I didn’t know if I was going to get picked at all or when I was going to get picked so it came as a surprise to hear my name called,” said Gilmour, who went to Pittsburgh to attend the draft. “It’s something I looked forward to and dreamt about since I started playing. And everything about the Wild as an organization I love.”
The Wild, and the Eagles, have a lot to love about Gilmour.
Some have even called him a potential fourth-round steal. Although he still has to add more muscle to his lanky 187-pound frame, he projects as a solid two-way power forward.
Fairly unflashy, he can play a skilled game and skates well for his size. He also is gritty and isn’t afraid to throw his weight around in front of the net or along the boards.
Adam Gilmour leads a balanced Muskegon attack with 44 points (photo credit: Muskegon Lumberjacks)
“I try to play like Ryan Kesler from the Vancouver Canucks,” Gilmour said. “He’s a skilled forward who’s big—he’s about as tall as me—and he also plays a grinding game, which is something I try to do to round out my game.”
To continue to hone his game, Gilmour chose to play in the USHL this year. He was drafted second overall by the Muskegon Lumberjacks, and he thought that playing in juniors would better prepare him for the college game.
Gilmour said that making the jump wasn’t always easy. At Nobles, the season spanned from Thanksgiving to the first week of March. In the USHL, there are 64 regular season games alone, and the Clark Cup playoffs end in May.
“It’s a lot more physically taxing,” Gilmour said. “Off the ice, you have to juggle a lot at once, and on the ice I’ve had to adjust to playing guys who are pretty much men and are all good as opposed to at Nobles, a prep school, there’s just a few good players on each team.”
After adjusting to the grueling schedule and faster pace of play, Gilmour began to thrive. He leads Muskegon with 19 goals and 25 assists in 60 games and has played an important role in his team’s resurgence.
With two weeks remaining in the regular season, the Lumberjacks, who finished in last place in the Eastern Conference last year, have already clinched a playoff spot and could even earn home-ice advantage.
Muskegon’s last four games are against the Green Bay Gamblers, a traditional power and the defending Clark Cup champs. Right now, the teams are in a dead heat for second place in the Eastern Conference: Green Bay has 72 points, Muskegon 70.
“We’re working on stuff right now to prepare for Green Bay because they’re our next four games and our first round matchup in the playoffs,” Gilmour said. “So we have nine possible games against them. All of our energy is pretty much going towards that.”
Right now, Gilmour is focused on trying to dethrone the Gamblers. But, once the USHL season ends, his focus will shift to preparing to become an Eagle.
The Hanover, Mass. native said that BC was “a perfect fit” (photo credit: Muskegon Lumberjacks)
Going into his first year at Nobles, Gilmour couldn’t even imagine himself one day wearing BC’s maroon and gold.
“I didn’t really think at the time I was good enough to play at Boston College,” he said. “But then I had a good year last year so I just thought about making the jump and de-committing, and I ended up doing that.”
Gilmour de-committed from Quinnipiac after his 2011/2012 explosion. He called BC “a perfect fit.”
“Everything about it—Coach York, the winning tradition, the future, the guys coming in, and the fact that it’s really close to my house—played a part,” he said.
Gilmour will be a part of a stacked freshman class. Forwards Ryan Fitzgerald, Austin Cangelosi, Evan Richardson and Chris Calnan could all potentially make an immediate impact.
But Gilmour is confident that, if he continues to up his game, he could crack the lineup.
“I know we have a really deep class and a really deep team,” Gilmour said. “I think if I play the role that I’m supposed to be playing, not try to do too much, work as hard as I possibly can and get better this summer, I could do that.”
By Jen Dobias