Jesse Gabrielle’s hot start has earned him an NHL contract.
Sunday afternoon, Boston Bruins general manager Don Sweeney announced the club had signed the 19-year-old Gabrielle to a three-year entry-level contract.
Selected by the Bruins in the fourth round (105th) at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, Gabrielle is producing at a career rate, having managed 31 points (19G-12A) in 26 games to date this season. He set career highs last year in his first season with the Cougars, tallying 75 points (40G-35A) in 72 games.
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“From the moment he arrived in Prince George, Jesse Gabrielle has made a major impact on our organization both on and off the ice,” said Todd Harkins, general manager of the Cougars, in a team release. “He’s a game changer who fits the Boston Bruins mould perfectly. He’s one step closer to living his dream of playing in the National Hockey League and our entire organization is thrilled for Jesse and his family.”
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Gabrielle’s performance during the 2015-16 season earned him the Dorothy Johnson Award given to the Prince George Cougars’ fan favourite player, along with the Troy Bourke Award in recognition of the team’s top offensive player. Gabrielle led the Cougars in goal scoring (40) and finished second in points (75).
The 6-foot, 205-pound product of Moosomin, Sask., played three games on an amateur tryout (ATO) with the Bruins’ AHL affiliate in Providence at the conclusion of the 2015-16 season, going without a point.
Over the course of a 215-game WHL career, Gabrielle has amassed 176 points (94G-82A). He has also suited up in 21 WHL post-season contests, collecting 12 points (5G-7A) along the way.
Originally a fifth round pick (100th) of the Brandon Wheat Kings at the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft, Gabrielle has suited up for the Wheat Kings, Regina Pats and Cougars over the course of a four-year WHL career.