Brent Gates

Hometown:

Grand Rapids Michigan

Currently Playing In:

NCAA

Birthday:

1997-08-12

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2015

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2015

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

3rd round (80th overall), 2015

Weight:

190 lbs.

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History

2012-13: Brent Gates played for the Compuware U16 team in Michigan. In 26 regular season games he scored 10 goals with 9 assists and 10 penalty minutes. Gates attended the USA Hockey Select 16 camp in July and was selected to play for the USA U17 team at the Five Nations Tournament in Slovakia in August. He was selected by Owen Sound in the sixth round (109th overall) in the 2013 OHL Priority Draft. 

2013-14: Gates skated for the USA U17 team at the Five Nations Tournament in August before attending training camp with the USHL’s Green Bay Gamblers and earning a roster spot. In 50 regular season games he scored 11 goals with 4 assists and was +5 with 16 penalty minutes. Green Bay finished fourth in the Eastern Conference, falling to eventual Clark Cup champion Indiana in a first-round playoff series. Gates had no points with 2 penalty minutes in two playoff games. In four games at the Five Nations Tournament he scored 3 goals with 3 assists as the USA captured a gold medal. Gates, after originally committing to attend Notre Dame, announced in January 2014 that he would play college hockey at the University of Minnesota in 2015-16. 

2014-15:  Gates played for the USA U18 team at the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament before returning to Green Bay for his second USHL season. He was the third-leading scorer for the Gamblers despite skating in just 33 of 60 games; suffering a season-ending leg injury in January. Gates scored 10 goals with 17 assists and was -9 with 18 penalty minutes. Green Bay finished eight in the Eastern Conference, missing the Clark Cup playoffs. Gates was -1 with no points nor penalties in his only game for the USA at the Ivan Hlinka tournament. He skated for Team Grier at the 2014 USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game and was ranked 105th amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings. Gates was selected by Anaheim in the third round (80th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft.

Talent Analysis

Gates was one of the youngest players selected in the 2015 NHL Draft and one of the biggest. Expected to add bulk and strength during his career at the University of Minnesota, he has the makings of a scoring, power forward in the future. Still putting the elements of his game together, he has significant stick handling and shooting skills and learns things fairly quickly. His father, Brent Robert Gates, played baseball for the Golden Gophers and spent seven years in the major leagues.

Future

Gates is in his freshman season at the University of Minnesota in 2015-16. Seeing steady ice time in a lower line role for the Golden Gophers, he has been a solid two-way center, occasionally chipping in on the scoresheet. Minnesota is once again one of the top teams in college hockey. Still fairly early in his development curve, Gates is likely to use most of his NCAA eligibility before turning professional. His size, skill set and athleticism suggest he can be a scoring power forward at the NHL level.

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