2008-09: 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.
Gaede has the hockey sense, work ethic, character, size and the overall game to project as a power forward but is really a raw talent that just needs time. The physical winger has good strength along the boards, has good enough hands in tight to the net and can drive the net to score his goals. He will need to improve his acceleration and overall skating over the next couple of years of development at the NCAA level while the big forward gains strength and works on his offensive game.
Gaede will play his sophomore season at Minnesota State and continue his overall development at the NCAA for at least two more years. He will be expected to play a bigger role offensively and play with more physicality to his game.