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Offensive defenseman with great size. Has the upside to become a very good and productive top-four defenseman.


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June 2022 – Gildon took a step back in his second year in the AHL. His scoring rate declined by almost half a point per game, and then an injury ended his season in January. For the second year in a row the Panthers shared their AHL affiliate with another NHL team (Seattle Kraken); the increased competition for opportunities on defense appear to have negatively impacted Gildon. It is too soon to make any judgements about whether or not he still has a future as a solid depth defenceman with a scoring touch but he will have to turn in a more dominant performance in 2022-23 to earn time on a crowded Panthers blue line. Ben Gehrels


April 2020 – The big left-shot, defenseman can play both sides of the ice and shows flashes of offensive dominance. If Gildon is sent to AHL Springfield to start the 2020-21 season, I doubt it’d be for very long. He could develop into a valuable fantasy option. Keith Fries


December 2018 – Gildon didn’t get invited to USA’s World Junior Championship camp. This was his last year of eligibility for the tournament, and it is a bit surprising he didn’t get invited because he’s having another strong season at NCAA.  Jokke Nevalainen


November 2018 – Gildon has had a great start to his NCAA season as he’s scored ten points in ten games. Quinn Hughes will be the top dog for the Americans at the World Juniors but Gildon should be one of the players getting an opportunity to play second fiddle behind him.  Jokke Nevalainen


April 2018 – Gildon finished his first college season with 23 points in 36 games which was sixth best among rookie defensemen in the NCAA. Gildon will most likely stay in college for another season but could be ready to turn pro after that. Jokke Nevalainen


December 2017 – Max Gildon is an offense-minded defenseman who is having a very strong start to his NCAA career with seven goals and 15 points in 17 games playing at the University of New Hampshire. Gildon’s skating and offensive tools are at a good level already, and he has ideal size for a modern defenseman. If he can improve his defensive game and decision-making, he could become a point-producing top-four defenseman at the NHL level. Jokke Nevalainen

Fantasy Upside 7.5
NHL Certainty 7.0
Country USA
Position D
Roster Type Junior
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth May 17, 1999
Height 6‘3”
Weight 192 lbs
Drafted 2017 Round 3; Overall: 66


 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2008-2009 Minnesota Blades Brick Invitational5 2 24 8|        
 2013-2014 Dallas Stars Elite 16U AAAT1EHL 16U31 6 1319 22|        
 2014-2015 Team Forest USA-S155 0 33 -|        
  Dallas Stars Elite 16U AAAT1EHL 16U24 7 815 32|Playoffs4 2 13
 2015-2016 USNTDP JuniorsUSHL35 0 77 34|        
  U.S. National U17 TeamUSDP58 1 1819 52|        
  USA U17WHC-175 1 23 6|        
 2016-2017 USNTDP JuniorsUSHL26 5 914 28|        
  U.S. National U18 TeamUSDP63 11 2132 56|