2007-08: Michael Sgarbossa was taken by the Barrie Colts 54th overall at the 2008 OHL Priority Selection.
2008-09: In his OHL rookie season, Sgarbossa netted 10 goals and added 33 assists for 43 points in 67 games. He added 43 minutes in penalties.
2009-10: Sgarbossa began the season with the Colts, playing in 19 games for that team. He scored 7 goals and added 13 assists in those games. He was traded to Saginaw Spirit, posting 32 points (13G, 19A) in 48 games. Part of Team Canada for the World Under-18 Championships.
2010-11: Sgarbossa was signed to a three-year, entry-level contract by the Sharks in September, 2010. He was returned to the OHL’s Saginaw Spirit following camp. He skated in 26 games for the Spirit then was traded to Sudbury. After a so-so start with the Spirit, Sgarbossa had 62 points in 37 games for the Wolves in the regular season and was Sudbury’s leading scorer in the playoffs. In 63 games between the two teams he scored 36 goals, including 15 power play goals, with 46 assists and was plus-13 (plus-16 with Sudbury) with 77 PMs. Sudbury, after finishing under .500 during the regular season, reached the second round of the playoffs. In eight post-season games Sgarbossa was plus-5 with 5 goals and 9 assists.
2011-12: The Avalanche acquired the rights to Sgarbossa in a five-player trade at the end of February. Sgarbossa was the leading scorer for the Sudbury Wolves in his fourth OHL season. Obtained by the Wolves in a mid-season trade the previous year, he scored 47 goals with 55 assists and was plus-21 with 68 penalty minutes in 66 games in his first full season with Sudbury. The Wolves finished fourth in the Central Division. Sgarbossa scored 2 goals with 1 assist and was minus-3 with 6 penalty minutes in the four-game playoff series with Brampton.
2012-13: Sgarbossa made his NHL debut in late January and skated in six games with Colorado before returning to AHL affiliate Lake Erie. He had no points and 4 penalty minutes and was -3; averaging 10:21 minutes of ice time with the Avalanche. Sgarbossa played 57 games for the AHL’s Monsters and was the team’s second-leading scorer. He scored 19 goals with 25 assists and was minus-11 with 71 penalty minutes. Lake Erie finished third in the North Division but missed the AHL playoffs.
2013-14: Sgarbossa skated in 49 games for Colorado AHL affiliate Lake Erie in his second pro season; missing over two months after suffering a lower body injury in October. He scored 5 goals with 15 assists and was minus-16 with 56 penalty minutes. Four of his five goals were scored on the power play. The Monsters missed the AHL playoffs; finishing fourth in the North Division.
No one has ever questioned Sgarbossa’s offensive skills but there are questions of whether his compete level can overcome his lack of size enough to give him a shot at being a top-nine player at the NHL level. He will have to add strength given his small stature to both stay healthy and win puck battles. Long-term he projects as the type of forward that will be a high scorer at the AHL level or sign for big money in Europe if he chooses to pursue that route.
Sgarbossa attended training camp with the Avalanche before being assigned to AHL affiliate Lake Erie at the start of the 2014-15 season. Now in his third pro season he continues to be one of the top play-making forwards for the Monsters but with his size and a crowded group of forwards at the NHL level he still faces long odds at cracking the Colorado lineup as more than an injury replacement call-up or lower line forward.