Gabriel Beaupre
Image: NHL

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 +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.

 

Talent Analysis

A physical defensive defenseman, Beaupre keeps things simple in his own end. He's not afraid to use his size in the corners or to separate a player from the puck and will drop his gloves when the rough stuff starts. An avid shot blocker and a decent skater, Beaupre can also make a solid first pass out of the zone and shows some willingness to carry the puck, but his primary strengths remain in his own end.

 

Future

Beaupre quickly moved up from the Central Hockey League to the AHL, and he is an important part of the Monsters blue line.

 

Colorado Avalanche prospects fighting in Lake Erie for a shot at NHL

by Chau Vo
on

Calvin Pickard - Lake Erie Monsters

Photo: Goaltender Calvin Pickard has been the primary starter for Lake Erie in 2013-14, earning a 7-7-2 record thus far (courtesy of Zuma Press/Icon SMI)

Every Avalanche prospect playing professionally are currently in Cleveland playing for the Lake Erie Monsters with the exception of goaltenders Kieran Millan and Kent Patterson who are in Denver playing for the Denver Cutthroats of the Central Hockey League.

Read more»

Extra years in development leagues for Colorado Avalanche prospects will pay off in the future

by Chau Vo
on

Spencer Martin - Mississauga Steelheads

Photo: Mississauga Steelheads goaltender Spencer Martin was Colorado’s third round pick in 2013, adding to an already strong group of prospects in net for the Avalanche (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

The Colorado Avalanche are off to a hot start this season and youngsters like Matt Duchene, Gabriel Landeskog, and Nathan MacKinnon are big reasons for their early success. What all three have in common is that they were able to jump immediately from the junior ranks to the NHL after being drafted.

Read more»

Colorado Avalanche minor league system flush with defensive talent and depth forwards

by Blake Benzel
on
Michael Sgarbossa - Colorado Avalanche

Photo: Playing in his rookie pro season, Michael Sgarbossa was leading the Lake Erie Monsters in scoring when he was called up to the NHL club on January 29th. (courtesy of Russell Lansford/Icon SMI)

 
The depth and talent developing at the pro level is an organizational strength for the Colorado Avalanche. Players like Michael Sgarbossa, Mark Olver, and Tyson Barrie got off to strong starts in the AHL and are now making an impact for the Avs in 2013. Meanwhile prospects Stefan Elliott, Brad Malone, and Cameron Gaunce are knocking on the door and are more than ready to step in as injury replacements this season.

Read more»

Goaltending and defense the strengths of Colorado Avalanche prospect system

by Blake Benzel
on
Cameron Gaunce - Lake Erie Monsters

Photo: Cameron Gaunce is one of several experienced defensive prospects in the Avalanche prospect pool on the verge of making the NHL. (courtesy of Zuma Press/Icon SMI)

 
With players like Gabriel Landeskog and Matt Duchene quickly ascending to the pro ranks, it is easy to see why the Colorado Avalanche’s prospect cupboards might be a bit bare. On the surface that is certainly the case, but if you dig a little deeper and poke around, you can see that there is at least a little depth to be had at every position – even the ones that do not appear to have it.

Read more»