2001-02: Gilbert was an all-star in 2002, his draft year, when he was playing in the USHL for the Chicago Steel. Was a 4th round selection of the Colorado Avalanche in the NHL Entry Draft.
2002-03: In his first season with Wisonsin, Gilbert led the team’s defensive corps in scoring.
2004-05: Was traded to Edmonton in exchange for goaltender Tommy Salo at the NHL trade deadline.
2005-06: Helped Wisonsin win the NCAA National title in 2006 with the game winning goal in the Championship game against Boston College.
2006-07: Spent the majority of the season in the AHL with Wilkes-Barre but appeared in a small number of NHL games with the Oilers. His first game came on his birthday in San Jose. A serious concusioin sidelined Gilbert for a month and a half but he returned before the end of the NHL season and also appeared in the AHL playoffs.
Gilbert was a big, physical force on the blueline for the Steel but in college was more noteworthy for his offensive ability. Not afraid to make a play,Gilbert has a nice offensive touch for a D-man.
Described as a solid two-way defender because he is defensively responsible but has an offensive upside as well. His willingness to play the body more often made him a force to be reckoned with on the Wisconsin blueline.
As a pro, Wilkes Barre head coach Todd Richards admired his off ice dedication and his on ice work ethic describing himself as 'a big Tom Gilbert fan'.