Dennis Gilbert

Hometown:

Williamsville New York

Currently Playing In:

NCAA

Birthday:

1996-10-30

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2015

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2015

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

3rd Round (91st Overall), 2015

Weight:

201 lbs.

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History

2011-12: Dennis Gilbert was a three-sport athlete at St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute in Buffalo — playing football, ice hockey and lacrosse in his sophomore season.

2012-13: Gilbert committed to playing college hockey at Niagara University in August 2013 prior to his junior season at St. Joseph’s. Affter quarterbacking the football team in the fall he was part of a Maurauders hockey team that won its second New York State Catholic League championship in three years, defeating St. Anthony’s of Long Island, 3-0, in the championship game. Gilbert was named the tournament MVP.

2013-14: Gilbert played junior A hockey for the Buffalo Junior Sabres in the Ontario Junior Hockey League, foregoing his senior season at St. Joseph’s. He scored 4 goals with 13 assists and 36 penalty minutes in 35 games. The Sabres finished first in the West Division, falling to the Georgetown Raiders in the playoff quarterfinals. Gilbert had 3 assists with 8 penalty minutes in 10 playoff games. He was drafted by the Chicago Steel in the seventh round (110th overall) in the 2014 USHL Entry Draft.

2014-15: Gilbert was the leading scorer amongst defensemen for the Chicago Steel in his first USHL season and changed his college commitment, signing a letter of intent in May 2015 to play for the University of Notre Dame in 2015-16. He scored 4 goals with 23 assists and was +2 with 89 penalty minutes in 59 games. The Steel finished sixth in the Eastern Conference, missing the playoffs. Gilbert was invited to the NHL Prospects Combine and was ranked 58th amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by Chicago in the third round (91st overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft

Talent Analysis

Gilbert is a thickly-built defenseman who likes to skate with the puck. He has the smarts and skill to make an efficient second or third-pairing defenseman if he can improve his skating mobility and efficiency. He has poise and instincts and was a reliable defender at the USHL level. He is still developing in terms of his physical strength and technical skill and more will be known about his long-term potential as he competes in college.

Future

Gilbert is in his freshman season at the University of Notre Dame in 2015-16. A solid two-way defenseman in junior hockey, he is expected to help the Fighting Irish turn things around after a disappointing season last year. Long-term his combination of bulk and skating ability suggest Gilbert can be a solid second or third pair defenseman.

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