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.
Gaede is a decent if not solid player away from the puck. Given his substantial height of 6'3 frame, he has a very projectable body. He uses his size well, especially along the boards and has a strong work ethic that illuminates the mind with his potential. His play with the puck is a different story. The physical winger lacks puck skills, skating ability, and hockey sense and looks to have regressed over the past two seasons. If he does not at the very least improve his skating, he might not be with the organization after his college career.
Max Gaede will play his junior season with Minnesota State University – Mankato. There he will looked up as a leader and attempt to find the missing elements of his game that keep him from becoming a true power forward.