2008-09: Max Gaede’s first season with Woodbury (USHS). The right winger scored 44 points in just 27 games, finishing with 16 goals and 28 assists in his rookie season. The forward also finished in 66 PIMs.
2009-10: Gaede finished another season with Woodbury (USHS), scoring 36 points in 25 games. Gaede also made his debut in the USHL in 2009-2010, playing in 11 games with the Sioux City Musketeers. Gaede scored only 2 points in those 11 games but it was enough to insure Gaede’s selection, 88th overall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft by the San Jose Sharks.
2010-11: Gaede skated in 54 of 60 games for the USHL’s Sioux City Musketeers. Gaede scored 5 of his 10 goals on the power play and was -22 with 18 assists and 57 PMs. Sioux City finished sixth in the West Division and in three playoff games Gaede was scoreless and -2 with 2 PMs. Gaede committed to playing college hockey at Minnesota State in 2011-12.
2011-12: Despite missing eight games to an upper body injury, Gaede had a strong finish to his freshman year at Minnesota State University where he scored three goals along four assists and a minus six rating in 30 NCAA games. The 20-year-old winger was able to get playing time on the team’s top line due to all the injuries to the Mavericks’ line-up this year.
2012-13: Gaede skated in all 41 games for Minnesota State in his sophomore season — providing supplementary scoring and two-way play in a fourth line role for the Mavericks. He scored 1 goal with 10 assists and was +2 with 11 penalty minutes. Minnesota State finished in a three-way tie for fourth in the WCHA and earned an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament despite losing to Wisconsin in the WCHA quarterfinals. The Mavericks lost 4-0 to Miami in the Midwest Regional semifinals to finish 24-14-3.
2013-14: Gaede skated in 41 games for Minnesota State in his junior season. He scored 2 goals with 7 assists and was -6 with 30 penalty minutes. The Mavericks finished second in the re-aligned Western College Hockey Association and won the league playoff title. Minnesota State lost 2-1 to Massachusetts-Lowell in the NCAA Northeast Regional.
2014-15: Gaede scored a career-high 5 goals with 5 assists and was +10 with 10 penalty minutes in 40 games as a senior for WCHA regular season and playoff champ Minnesota State. The Mavericks defeated Michigan Tech, 5-2, in the WCHA Broadmoor Trophy Championship game and entered the NCAA tournament as the top-seeded team but were upset by 16th-seed RIT, 2-1, in the Midwest Regional semifinals. Gaede did not sign a contract with San Jose, becoming an unrestricted free agent.
Gaede is a decent if not solid player away from the puck. Given his substantial frame, he has a projectable body. He uses his size well, especially along the boards and has a strong work ethic. The physical winger lacks puck skills, skating ability, and hockey. Never signed to a contract by the Sharks despite being taken in the third round, he will begin his pro career at the ECHL level.
Gaede was never signed to a contract by San Jose and will start his pro career with the ECHL's Toledo Walleye in 2015-16. His size and work ethic suggest he has some potential as a lower round forward but he is equally likely to spend the bulk of his career at the minor pro level or in Europe.