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 +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 woeful -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 -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-ten in 62 games. Val-d’Or finished under .500 but was second in the West Division. Beaupre was minus-three 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 -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 +5 with 23 penalty minutes in 28 games with Denver and was scoreless and -1 in four games with Val d’Or. Beaupre signed a three-year entry-level contract with Colorado in March, 2013.
No one thought Beaupre was ready for the AHL but he proved all critics wrong last year. His jump from the CHL to the AHL was no mistake and his hard hitting defensive game goes well with his willingness to drop the gloves.
Beaupre’s skating is not good enough for the NHL and it remains to be seen if he can be more than a third pairing in the AHL.