Kurtis Gabriel
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Kurtis Gabriel

Hometown:

Newmarket Ontario

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1993-04-20

Position:

RW

Eligible for draft:

2011

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2013

Height:

6-3

Acquired:

3rd round (81st overall), 2013

Weight:

189 lbs.

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History

2009-10: Kurtis Gabriel played for the Markham Waxers midget AA team in Ontario.

2010-11: Gabriel made OHL Owen Sound as a free agent after being spotted in a junior C tryout a few weeks before the Attack’s camp. A healthy scratch at times, he appeared in 40 games for the Attack, scoring 1 goal with 3 assists and was -2 with 20 penalty minutes. Gabriel did not play in any games during Owen Sound’s OHL championship playoff run but made his post-season debut in the Memorial Cup, playing in Owen Sound’s final two games.

2011-12: Gabriel attended the Phoenix Coyotes’ rookie camp before returning to Owen Sound for his second season with the Attack. A two-way forward on an Attack team with several high profile offensive prospects, he scored 4 goals with 13 assists in 65 games and was +4 with 72 penalty minutes. Owen Sound slipped to third in the Midwest Division after their Memorial Cup run the previous spring and lost to Kitchener in a five-game first round playoff series. Gabriel played in three playoff games and was +1 with no points or penalty minutes.

2012-13: Gabriel scored a career-high 13 goals while accumulating 100 penalty minutes in 67 games in his third season with Owen Sound. He also had 15 assists and finished the year +14. Owen Sound finished second to OHL champion London in the Midwest Division; advancing to the second round in the playoffs. Gabriel scored 3 goals with 2 assists and was an even plus/minus with 34 penalty minutes in 12 playoff games. In his third year of draft eligibility, he was not among the 210 North American skaters listed in Central Scouting’s final rankings prior to the 2013 NHL Draft. He was drafted as a 20-year-old by Minnesota in the third round (81st overall).

2013-14: Gabriel attended training camp with the Wild before returning to Owen Sound for an overage season and made his pro debut with Minnesota AHL affiliate Iowa in April 2014. He scored 2 goals with 2 assists and was minus-2 in eight AHL games. Gabriel was the third-leading scorer for Owen Sound in his fourth OHL season behind Holden Cook and Zach Nastasiuk (DET). In 60 regular season games he scored 16 goals with 35 assists and was +3 with 99 penalty minutes. The Attack finished fourth in the Midwest Division and lost to Sault Ste. Marie in the first round of the playoffs. Gabriel had 1 assist and was minus-1 with 22 penalty minutes in five playoff games. He signed a three-year entry-level contract with Minnesota in March 2014. 

2014-15: Gabriel played in 67 of 76 games for the Iowa Wild in his first AHL season. He scored 7 goals with 9 assists and was -17, leading the Wild with 125 penalty minutes. Iowa missed the AHL playoffs, finishing last in the West Division. 

2015-16: Gabriel made his NHL debut in three November games with the Wild and re-joined Minnesota for the playoff series against the Dallas Stars; spending most of the year with the AHL’s Iowa Wild. He had no points and was +1 with 10 penalty minutes, averaging 4:29 minutes of ice time in the regular season. After sitting out the opening game of the Dallas series, he was inserted into the lineup for four playoff games. Gabriel had an even plus/minus with no points nor penalties, averaging 5:25 minutes of ice time. He scored 6 goals with 4 assists and was -10 in 66 AHL games, leading Iowa with 137 penalty minutes.  The Wild missed the AHL playoffs for the third straight season, finishing last in the Central Division.

Talent Analysis

Gabriel is a player who was drafted for his character and strong work ethic. He has good size and decent awareness, but not much offense.

Future

Gabriel made his NHL debut during a three-game stint in November 2015-16 and was re-called by the Wild during the playoffs. Coached by Minnesota Wild head coach John Torchetti in Iowa before Torchetti was elevated to replace Mike Yeo with the NHL club, Gabriel's toughness was valued by the coach. Heading into his third professional season in 2016-17, Gabriel will look to earn a lower line role with Minnesota in training camp but may start the year in the AHL with Iowa. He has some scoring ability but his calling card is his physical play and hard game.  

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