Thursday, September 5, 2019

Gilmour Joining Reds

A frustrating summer which saw the Reds miss out on a number of their top forward targets appears to have taken a turn for the better as former Detroit Red Wings 7th round draft pick Brady Gilmour has opted to forgo his final season of CHL eligibility to join the defending University Cup champions. Gilmour later confirmed the move himself.

It is rare to see a player join UNB as a 20 year old, but the Reds were in desperate need of a forward as they currently only have 11 on the roster - less than two weeks before their first exhibition game - and almost every notable CHL overager has either turned pro or committed elsewhere for the upcoming season.

In Gilmour they get a 5'10", 181 pound centre who scored 134 points (57 goals, 77 assists) and accumulated only 28 penalty minutes in 231 career OHL games, all with the Saginaw Spirit. He elevated his game in the postseason, putting up 21 points in 21 career playoff contests. His best season came in 2016-2017 when he contributed 26 goals and 21 assists while playing alongside current Reds forward Kris Bennett. He served as the Spirit's alternate captain each of last three years.

Gilmour is known as a "skilled, tenacious centre that competes every game and has a high hockey IQ....he's a very good skater...more of a pass-first player... always seems to be in the right place at the right time...sees the ice very well...strong on the draws and good defensivley."

Gilmour and his new teammates play their first exhibition game of the 2019-2020 season on Monday, September 16th in Truro, Nova Scotia against the Acadia Axemen.