Jesse Gabrielle
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Jesse Gabrielle

Hometown:

Moosomin Saskatchewan

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1997-06-17

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2015

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2015

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

4th Round (105th Overall), 2015

Weight:

214 lbs.

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History

2011-12: Jesse Gabrielle played for the Osseo-Maple Grove bantam team in Minnesota and was selected by Brandon in the fifth round (100th overall) in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft.

2012-13: Gabrielle made his WHL debut with Brandon as a 15-year-old, joining the Brandon Wheat Kings in March 2013 after playing high school hockey at Eagan High School in Minnesota. He played for Team Southeast in the Upper Midwest High School Elite league in the fall prior to the high school season. Gabrielle was +1 with no points and 7 penalty minutes in two games for Brandon. Playing for Eagan as a freshman he scored 15 goals with 32 assists in 28 games. Eagan lost to Eastview, 4-1, in the Section 3AA finals.

2013-14: Gabrielle skated in 49 regular season games and nine playoff contests for Brandon in his first WHL season. A native of Saskatchewan, he represented Canada Western in the 2014 U17 World Hockey Challenge. Gabrielle scored 12 goals with 14 assists and was -2 with 68 penalty minutes during the regular season for the Wheat Kings. Brandon finished third in the East Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Gabrielle was +3, scoring 3 goals with 3 assists, and had 22 penalty minutes in the playoffs. He scored 1 goal with 1 assists and 16 penalty minutes in five games for Canada Western.

2014-15: Gabrielle began the year with Brandon before being obtained by Regina in a January 2015 trade that included Flames’ 2013 1st round pick Morgan Klimchuk. He played 66 regular season games (33 with each team) and scored 23 goals with 21 assists. Gabrielle had 112 penalty minutes and finished +2 (+10 with Brandon). Regina was second to Brandon in the East  Division and lost to the Wheat Kings in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Gabrielle scored 1 goal with 3 assists and was -3 with 8 penalty minutes in nine playoff games. He was invited to the NHL Prospects Combine and was ranked 73rd amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings. Boston selected Gabrielle in the fourth round (105th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft.

Talent Analysis

Gabriel is regarded as a gritty winger that’s not afraid to go to the net. He’s an agitator who is very effective in the offensive zone, particularly when it comes to the forecheck and recovering the puck. He is a skilled player who is difficult to play against.

Future

Gabrielle is leading much-improved Prince George in scoring and is among the team leader's in penalty minutes in 2015-16 in his third WHL season. The Cougars have won 35 games for the first time since 2005-06. Playing on his third team in three years, Gabrielle has come into his own under the tutelage of Prince George coach Mark Holick. With a hard game that sometimes straddles the line of being physical versus being undisciplined, Gabrielle must play on that edge to be effective. His success with the Cougars suggests he can be a bigger version of current Bruin Brad Marchand.

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