2009-10: David Gilbert opened the season in a bottom six role with the Quebec Remparts, where he appeared in 31 games and scored 6 goals, 12 assists for 18 points. A midseason trade sent him to Acadie-Bathurst Titan where he could play a larger role offensively. In 31 games after the trade, the center scored 18 goals, 12 assists for 30 points. He added 5 goals, 2 assists for 7 points in 5 playoff games for the Titan. Gilbert appeared in 1 regular season game with Rockford and had 1 assist.
2010-11: Gilbert scored 28 goals and 23 assists for 51 points in 52 games with the QMJHL's Acadie-Bathurst Titan. He added 2 goals and 1 assist in 4 playoff games before joining the AHL's Rockford IceHogs on an ATO, scoring 2 goals and 1 assist in 5 AHL games.
2011-12: Signed to a three-year entry-level contract by Chicago in May 2011, Gilbert split his first pro season between the AHL and ECHL with the Blackhawks' affiliates in Rockford and Toledo, respectively. Gilbert made his AHL debut with Rockford in November after opening the season in the ECHL and skated with the IceHogs through January. He spent February in the ECHL with the Walleye before returning to Rockford to finish the season. In 28 games with Rockford he was minus-four and scored 1 goal with 4 assists and had 13 penalty minutes. Gilbert scored 6 goals with 12 assists in 29 games for the Walleye and was minus-three with 18 penalty minutes.
Still growing into his body at 6'1 and 184 pounds, Gilbert's main assets are his vision and his hands. Able to skate up the ice with the puck on a string, he's equally adept at making a play as he is at scoring the goal himself. Gilbert still needs plenty of time to round out the rest of his game and would benefit greatly from becoming both stronger and faster. Questions abound about his work ethic as well.
Gilbert could find himself in a more consistent role with Rockford, but the winger is better suited for for a scoring role so another stint in Toledo would not be surprising.