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.

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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.

2014-15: Beaupre played in 35 AHL games with Colorado AHL affiliate Lake Erie in his second pro season; spending part of the season with the ECHL’s Fort Wayne Komets. He scored 1 goal with 3 assists and was +3 with 23 penalty minutes with the Monsters. Lake Erie finished fourth in the Midwest Division, missing the AHL playoffs. Beaupre scored 2 goals with 5 assists and was +2 with 18 penalty minutes in 11 games with Fort Wayne.

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

Now in the third year of his original entry-level contract with the Avalanche, Beaupre's days in the Colorado organization appear numbered. Slowed by injury at the start of the 2015-16 season, he has skated in one game with new Colorado AHL affiliate San Antonio; spending most of the year with the ECHL's Fort Wayne Komets. A late-round selection out of the QMJHL by the previous regime in Colorado, Beaupre already faced long odds to one day reach the NHL but with the influx of top defense prospects he is that much further down the depth chart.

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