Gabriel Beaupre
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Gabriel Beaupre

Hometown:

St-Jean-Chrysostome Quebec

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1992-11-23

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2011

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2011

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

6th round (153rd overall), 2011

Weight:

195 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2008-09: Gabriel Beaupre played in 52 games with the Val d’Or Foreurs, starting the year as a 15-year-old. He notched 3 assists, 48 PIMs, and a plus-3 rating on the season.

2009-10: Beaupre appeared in 56 games in his second season with the Foreurs, putting up 2 goals and 5 assists to go along with 94 PIMs and a minus-32 rating. He also managed a goal and an assist in 6 post season games.

2010-11: Beaupre played 66 games tallying 3 goals and 15 assists for the Foreurs. He added 73 PIMs and a minus-27 rating in the regular season. In the playoffs, he appeared in 4 games posting one assist.

2011-12: Beaupre went to training camp with the Avalanche before returning to Val-d’Or for his fourth season. Beaupre provided a physical element to the Foreurs defense corps and chipped in offensively with 21 points. He was second on the team with 102 penalty minutes while scoring 6 goals with 15 assists and was minus-10 in 62 games.  Val-d’Or finished under .500 but was second in the West Division. Beaupre was minus-3 with no points and 6 penalty minutes in the Foreurs’ four-game playoff series with Rimouski.

2012-13: Gabriel Beaupre made his AHL debut with Colorado affiliate Lake Erie in January and skated in 43 games for the Monsters as a 20-year-old. Originally slated to spend an overage season in the QMJHL with Val d’Or, he began the year with the Foreurs before joining the Central Hockey League’s Denver Cutthroats. Beaupre scored 1 goal with 4 assists and was minus-6 with 67 penalty minutes for the Monsters. Lake Erie finished third in the North Division but missed the AHL playoffs. Beaupre scored 3 goals with 5 assists and was plus-5 with 23 penalty minutes in 28 games with Denver and was scoreless and minus-1 in four games with Val d’Or. Beaupre signed a three-year entry-level contract with Colorado in March, 2013.

2013-14: Beaupre skated in 65 of 72 regular season games for Colorado AHL affiliate Lake Erie in his second pro season. He scored 3 goals with 5 assists and was minus-18 with 99 penalty minutes.  The Monsters missed the AHL playoffs; finishing fourth in the North Division.

Talent Analysis

Beaupre is a no-nonsense physical, hard hitting defenseman with a willingness to drop the gloves. He is not overly skilled in any one area. Beaupre’s skating is not good enough for the NHL and it remains to be seen if he can play a full-time role at the AHL level.

Future

Beaupre attended training camp with the Avalanche before being assigned to AHL affiliate Lake Erie to start the 2014-15 season. He has seen limited time with the Monsters to start the season and has spent time with the ECHL's Fort Wayne Komets. Now in the second year of his original three-year, entry-level contract, Beaupre was drafted by the previous regime in Colorado and faces long odds at one day playing with the Avalanche. Long-term it remains to be seen if he can be more than a third pairing defenseman in the AHL.

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