Guillaume Gelinas
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Guillaume Gelinas

Hometown:

Quebec Quebec

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1993-06-14

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2011

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

5-9

Acquired:

Free agent signing, 2014

Weight:

181 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2008-09: Guillaume Gelinas skated for the Seminaire St-Francois Blizzard midget AAA team in Quebec as a 15-year-old. In 45 regular season games he scored 4 goals with 10 assists and 14 penalty minutes. He had no points with 18 penalty minutes in three playoff games. Gelinas was selected by Val-d’Or in the fifth round (82nd overall) of the 2009 QMJHL Entry Draft. 

2009-10: Gelinas made his QMJHL debut in three September games with Val-d’Or —  skating in 16 games with the Foreurs throughout the season — while playing midget AAA hockey with Seminaire St-Francois. He had 1 assist and was -3 with 6 penalty minutes while playing for Val-d’Or. The Foreurs made the playoffs despite finishing last in the Western Division but Gelinas did not play in any playoff games. He scored 10 goals with 22 assists and had 44 penalty minutes in 34 regular season games for the Blizzard and scored 4 goals with 4 assists and 10 penalty minutes in four midget AAA playoff games. 

2010-11: Gelinas skated in 60 of 68 regular season games for Val-d’Or in his first full season of major junior hockey. He scored 4 goals with 17 assists and was -25 with 53 penalty minutes. The Foreurs finished fifth in the West Division of the re-aligned QMJHL and were swept by Quebec in a first round playoff series. Gelinas was an even plus/minus with no points and 6 penalty minutes in four playoff games. Not listed among the 210 North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings Gelinas was not selected in the 2011 NHL Draft in his first year of eligibility. 

2011-12: Gelinas was the top offensive defenseman for Val-d’Or in his second season with the Foreurs. In 64 regular season games he scored 10 goals with 24 assists and was +6 with 43 penalty minutes. Val-d’Or was second in the West Division despite finishing under .500 and was swept by Rimouski in a first round playoff series. Gelinas scored 1 goal and was -3 with 6 penalty minutes in four playoff games.  

2012-13: Gelinas was once again the leading scorer amongst Val-d’Or defensemen while also leading all Foreurs in penalty minutes (111) in his third season. He scored 6 goals with 39 assists and was +15; skating in all 68 regular season games. Val-d’Or had its best season since 2006-07 when it reached the QMJHL finals. The Foreur won 35 games and finished fourth in the West Division before advancing to the second round in the playoffs. Gelinas scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was +1 with 2 penalty minutes in six playoff games; missing the second round series against Blainville-Boisbriand with a lower body injury. 

2013-14: Gelinas returned to Val-d’Or for an overage season in the QMJHL; receiving the Emile Bouchard Trophy as the league’s top defenseman as the Foreurs won the league championship to advance to the Memorial Cup. He led all QMJHL defensemen in scoring with 23 goals and 69 assists in 67 regular season games and was +24 with 81 penalty minutes. The Foreurs finished first in the West Division and knocked off East Division champion Baie-Comeau in the QMJHL finals. Gelinas scored 11 goals with 23 assists and was +11 with 20 penalty minutes in 24 playoff games. He scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was +1 with 2 penalty minutes in three Memorial Cup games, missing one game after suffering an injury on a knee-to-knee hit by Guelph’s Chadd Bauman. Gelinas signed a three-year entry-level contract with Minnesota in July 2014. 

Talent Analysis

Gelinas is an undersized defenseman who put up big offensive numbers and played an abrasive style during his final two seasons of junior hockey — including an overage season in which he was part of the Val-d'Or Foreurs' run to the 2014 Memorial Cup. Despite his size he was frequently on the ice against the opposition's top scorers in junior hockey. He will be challenged to play that same type of defense against the bigger and faster players in pro hockey.

Future

Gelinas skated for the Wild in the Traverse City prospect tournament and attended training camp before being assigned to Minnesota AHL affiliate Iowa at the start of the 2014-15 season. Yet to show the offensive impact he had while skating in the QMJHL, he has had the struggles not uncommon of a first-year player making the jump from junior hockey to the pro level. Long-term he has the potential to be an effective puck-moving defenseman and effective power play quarterback. He will need to continue to add strength and prove capable of defending despite his small stature to reach that level.

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