Scott Sabourin
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Scott Sabourin

Hometown:

Orleans Ontario

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1992-07-30

Position:

RW

Eligible for draft:

2010

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

Height:

6-3

Acquired:

Trade with Los Angeles, 2016

Weight:

203 lbs.

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History

2008-09 Scott Sabourin played Junior A hockey for the Brockville Braves as a 16-year-old. He scored 9 goals with 8 assists and had 64 penalty minutes.

2009-10: Sabourin made his OHL debut in four games with the Oshawa Generals and played Junior A hockey with the Kanata Stallions in the Canadian Junior Hockey League. He had 1 assist with an even plus/minus and 2 penalty minutes with the Generals. Sabourin scored 4 goals with 2 assists and was fifth on the Stalions with 64 penalty minutes. Kanata missed the playoffs, finishing last in the Yzerman Division.

2010-11: Sabourin skated in 42 regular season games for Oshawa in his first full season with the Generals. He scored 6 goals with 4 assists and was +2 with 75 penalty minutes. Oshawa finished second to Ottawa in the East Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Sabourin scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was -1 with 15 penalty minutes in 10 playoff games.

2011-12: Sabourin returned to Oshawa for his second season with the Generals, finishing second on the team with 111 penalty minutes. He scored 10 goals with 9 assists and was +5 in 55 regular season games. Oshawa finished third in the East Division and lost to Niagara in a first-round playoff series. Sabourin was -1 with no points and 10 penalty minutes in six playoff games.

2012-13: Sabourin made his pro hockey debut with Los Angeles AHL affiliate Manchester in April 2013 following an overage OHL season with Oshawa. He had an assist in his first pro game, his only point, and was +1 with 4 penalty minutes in five regular season games — and -1 with no points and 7 penalty minutes in three playoff contests — for the Monarchs. Sabourin was the second-leading scorer for Oshawa behind Columbus prospect Boone Jenner in his third OHL season. He scored 30 goals with 20 assists and was +14 while leading the Generals with 142 penalty minutes in 65 regular season games. He scored 10 of his 30 goals on the power play. Oshawa finished second to Belleville in the East Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Sabourin scored 4 goals with 3 assists and was +7 with 12 penalty minutes in nine playoff games.

2013-14: Sabourin was invited to Los Angeles’ training camp as a free agent and signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Kings in October 2013. He skated in 69 regular season AHL games for Manchester in his first pro season; scoring 12 goals with 14 assists while finishing second on the Monarchs with 115 penalty minutes and posting a +6 plus/minus. Manchester finished first in the Atlantic Division but was defeated by Norfolk in four games in a best-of-five first round playoff series. Sabourin was -1 with no points nor penalties in four playoff games.

2014-15: Sabourin supplied a physical presence with some supplementary scoring in his second pro season with the AHL champion  Manchester Monarchs. He scored 5 goals with 6 assists and was -7 with 138 penalty minutes in 51 regular season games. The Monarchs finished first in the Atlantic Division and rolled through the playoffs, defeating Utica in the Calder Cup Finals. Sabourin did not appear in any playoff games for the Monarchs. 

2015-16: Sabourin struggled to find ice time with new Kings’ AHL affiliate Ontario in his third pro season before being traded to the Minnesota Wild in March 2016 in exchange for veteran minor league forward Brett Sutter. In 28 games with the Reign he scored 3 goals with 2 assists and was +2 with 56 penalty minutes. Sabourin played 14 games with Wild AHL affiliate Iowa and was +3, scoring 1 goal with 1 assist and 34 penalty minutes. The Wild finished last in the Central Division, missing the AHL playoffs. Sabourin played three ECHL games with Kings’ affiliate Manchester and had an even plus/minus with no points and 2 penalty minutes.

Talent Analysis

Sabourin is a power forward whose most obvious attribute is his huge size and willingness to use it. As he did during his junior career, he has used his physical play to establish himself but has steadily emerged with some offensive elements to his game as well. Not likely to match the 30-goal season he had an overage player in the OHL, his skill set suggests he can be effective in a lower line, checking/energy role. Sabourin handles himself well when called on to protect a teammate or generate emotion by fighting an opponent.

Future

Sabourin was acquired by Minnesota from the Los Angeles Kings in March 2016 in exchange for Brett Sutter; spending most of the 2015-16 season in the AHL. He has played in a lower line role at that level during most of his three-year pro career. Sabourin's toughness and work ethic make him popular with coaches and teammates but his offensive potential is limited.

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