Alex Gudbranson

Hometown:

Orleans Ontario

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1994-09-03

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2012

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

Free Agent Signing, 2014

Weight:

216 lbs.

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History

2009-10: Alex Gudbranson appeared in two junior A games with the Brockville Braves — spending the year skating for the Ottawa Junior 67s midget program. He had no points nor penalties in his brief stint with the Braves. Gudbranson scored 1 goal with 1 assist and 2 penalty minutes in four regular season games for the Junior 67’s midget AAA team and scored 2 goals with 1 assist in two playoff games. He skated in 28 games for the club’s minor midget AAA team and scored 11 goals with 19 assists and 18 penalty minutes. Gudbranson was selected by Kingston in the first round (10th overall) of the OHL Priority Draft.

2010-11: Gudbranson joined older brother Erik Gudbranson (FLA) with the Frontenacs and represented Canada Ontario in the 2011 U17 World Hockey Challenge. He scored 3 goals with 11 assists and was -11 with 37 penalty minutes in 65 regular season games for Kingston. The Frontenacs finished third in the East Division and lost a first round playoff series to Oshawa. Gudbranson had 1 assist and was -2 with no penalties in five playoff games. He had no points and 2 penalty minutes in five games as Canada Ontario captured the gold medal at the WHC.

2011-12: Gudbranson skated in 50 games for Kingston in his second season with the Frontenacs; missing 10 games in January after being suspended for a hit to the head on Peterborough’s Matt Puempel. He scored 2 goals with 7 assists and had an even plus/minus with 52 penalty minutes.
Kingston missed the playoffs; winning 19 games and finishing last in the East Division. Gudbranson was ranked 161st amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings prior to the 2012 NHL Draft but was not selected in his first year of draft eligibility.

2012-13: Obtained by Sault Ste. Marie from Kingston in June 2012 in exchange for three OHL draft picks, Gudbranson played in 65 of 68 regular season games in his first season with the Greyhounds. He scored 3 goals with 11 assists and had an even plus/minus with 62 penalty minutes. The Greyhounds finished second in the West Division and lost to Owen Sound in a first round playoff series. Gudbranson was -1 with no points and 15 penalty minutes in six playoff games. Gudranson attended the Detroit and Florida development camps over the summer after not being drafted but did not receive a contract.

2013-14: Gudbranson returned to Sault Ste. Marie for his fourth OHL season. He scored 7 goals with 8 assists in 66 regular season games and was +8 with 76 penalty minutes. The Greyhounds finished first in the West Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Gudbranson scored 1 goal with 3 assists and had an even plus/minus with 18 penalty minutes in nine playoff games. 

2014-15: Gudbranson skated for the Wild in the Traverse City prospect tournament and attended Minnesota’s training camp as a free agent, signing a three-year entry-level contract with the Wild in September 2014. He skated in 46 games for the AHL’s Iowa Wild as a 20-year-old before suffering a season-ending injury in February 2015. Gudbranson scored 1 goal with 3 assists and was -6 with 17 penalty minutes. Iowa missed the AHL playoffs, finishing last in the West Division. 

2015-16: Gudbranson played for the ECHL’s Quad City Mallards in his second pro season. The only player to skate in all 72 regular season games for the Mallards, he scored 5 goals with 17 assists and was +2 with 58 penalty minutes. Quad City finished third in the Midwest Division and was swept by Missouri in a first-round playoff series. Gudbranson was -4 with no points and 4 penalty minutes in four playoff games. 

Talent Analysis

Gudbranson is the younger brother of Florida Panthers' defenseman Erik Gudbranson. While not as skilled he shows intelligence on the ice while providing a physical presence. His game is not really geared for offense but he chips at times. He is capable of thinking the game at a high level.

Future

Gudbranson skated in the ECHL with Quad City in 2015-16, playing in all 72 games for the Mallards in his second pro season. Entering the third year of his original entry-level contract, he will push to earn a spot with the Iowa Wild in 2016-17. Gudbranson projects as a lower pairing defensive defenseman with some toughness and offensive skill but must continue developing to one day reach the NHL.

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