Yanni Gourde

Brayden Olafson

2018-01-20

Yanni Gourde, LW

Shoots: L

Height: 5-09

Weight: 170

Born: 1991-12-15

Hometown:  Saint-Narcisse, QC, Canada

Drafted: Undrafted

Observations:

January 2018 – After signing a prove-it contract with the Lightning in the summer of 2017, Gourde was put in a position to succeed by John Cooper and hasn’t disappointed. The Lightning have been an offensive juggernaut largely in part due to their sustained attack through the entire lineup. Gourde has been an important finisher in the middle of the lineup and has certainly done himself a favor in terms of contract negotiations that could take place as early as July 1st, 2018. His current contract expires at the same time as RFA’s Nikita Kucherov, Brayden Point, and Jake Dotchin, however if his NHL breakout continues, Gourde may opt to test the unrestricted free agent market. Brayden Olafson

 

November 2017 – Entering the Lightning fall camp as a center man, Gourde has quickly found himself cozied up on the right-wing of Brayden Point in Tampa Bay's highly potent top-6. The assignment has helped Gourde to improve significantly on the offensive side of things, all the while retaining the defensive aspect of his game and earning significant minutes night-in and night-out. Although Gourde appears to be an offensive beneficiary of his line-mates, their chemistry thus far appears to be strong enough that we won't see any kind of shuffling any time soon. In terms of a forward on a shut-down line, Gourde's physical statistics are still on the low side of things, however, if you're looking for purely point production – there's enough evidence to suggest his improvement could be somewhat sustainable. At his current pace, Gourde would finish with 53 points on the campaign, however 40-45 is probably a more realistic long-term and permanent expectation. Brayden Olafson

 

June 2017 – Yzerman didn’t waste any time getting to work after the 2017 draft, immediately inking Yanni to a new 2-year contract with an AAV of $1 million. Gourde had been eligible to negotiate a contract with the Vegas Golden Knights during their exclusive free agent window and was heading into his first opportunity as an unrestricted free agent. This bridge deal was perfectly appropriate for Gourde and will provide him with an excellent opportunity with the Lightning’s bottom-6 to prove that he deserves more on his next one. Brayden Olafson

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