Nathan Gerbe
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Nathan Gerbe

Hometown:

Oxford Michigan

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1987-07-24

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2005

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2005

Height:

5-5

Acquired:

5th round (142nd overall), 2005

Weight:

178 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • B

History

Nathan Gerbe was the team's seventh leading scorer, putting up 39 points (18 goals, 21 assists). He came up big at the Five Nations Tournament and was the Team USA's second leading scorer at the 2005 IIHF World Under-18 World Championship.

2006-07: Gerbe’s sophomore season at BC (H-East) was his most productive to date. In 41 games he netted 25 goals and 47 points. BC won the Hockey East Championship and Gerbe was nominated to the All-Hockey East second team and the All-New England squads. He also earned All-Tournament honors at the NCAA Frozen Four and finished the season with a plus-18 rating. He competed with the US National U20 squad, registering six assists in seven games, while the US took home the Bronze Medal.

2007-08: This was Gerbe's final season with Boston College (H-East), which saw him tally a career-high 35 goals and 68 points (first in the Nation). The Hobey Baker finalist was nominated to the All-Hockey East Team as well as the Hockey East Tournament MVP award (nine points in four postseason games). He finished first in the nation in points per game (1.46) and was named USA Hockey’s National College Player of the Year. He was also named the Most Outstanding Player at the Frozen Four tournament, in his five goal, eight point display in two games (two goals in NCAA title game over Notre Dame). He sits near the top of BC’s record book with 122 points in 119 games and ranks fourth all-time with five goals in the Frozen Four tournament.

2008-09: Despite his size, Gerbe continued to disprove critics. In 57 games in his first pro season, Gerbe netted 30 goals, including his first pro hat trick, and 56 points for the Portland Pirates (AHL). He also got his first look at the NHL, appearing in 10 games (one assist) with Buffalo. Named the AHL Rookie of the Year for 2008-09.

2009-10: Gerbe continued his time with Portland with 38 points in 44 games. He also got another crack the NHL putting up 5 points in 10 games with Buffalo.

Talent Analysis

Gerbe was one of the top players in college hockey in 2007-08, helping to lead BC to the NCAA Championship. He uses excellent speed and an ability to create space to make up for his lack of size. As a well-rounded offensive player, Gerbe was able to set the tone for his teammates, and provided a spark throughout the season. He looks to follow Buffalo’s Briere/Roy mold of diminutive but aggressive centers.

 

Future

Gerbe has become an established NHL player.