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Fantasy Summary

Dangerous playmaker, top-nine forward if he can handle pro


Observations

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March 2020 – Gignac’s struggles have endured as the center had just three points over his last ten contests. What is worse is that shot and chance volume has dropped along with playing time. Others have passed him on the depth chart which is troubling.  Chris Wassel 

January 2020 – Gignac has continued to be a bit below expectations on offense. Overall, he has just three goals and 11 points in 26 games. Injury has hampered his progress but utilization has as well. Health will be key for the rest of the season.  Chris Wassel

November 2019 –  Gignac has taken a bit of a step back in the early going with just three assists in eight contests. The Binghamton center has suffered from a disorganized system and some inconsistency which has resulted in his ice time getting shifted around. Chris Wassel

April 2019 – Gignac finished the AHL campaign with 36 points (12 goals) in 68 games. The forward has much work to do in the summer but could be one to watch come training camp. Chris Wassel

March 2019 – The last two seasons have seen Gignac transition gradually from unpolished junior forward to a forward more capable of playing the pro game. There are still noted deficiencies in his game like covering the guy without the puck. However, he showed in Binghamton his offensive side — 30 points in 55 games. The ten goals were also encouraging and that helped him earn a one-game call-up for New Jersey. Gignac must work on defensive responsibility in the summer including puck tracking his opposing center. Chris Wassel

April 2017 – Benefiting from an impressive Shawinigan campaign which ended after a first-round playoff loss in six games to the Val-d’Or Foreurs, Gignac joined AHL postseason-bound Albany. Overall, the smallish speed burner tallied 23 goals and 39 assists in 59 QMJHL contests, topping his 2015-16 points total by one in eight fewer games. He added four assists in the recently-concluded Shawinigan playoff series. Kevin Wickersham

March 2017 – Gignac is still racking up impressive QMJHL numbers that outpace his 2015-16 production. Totaling 21 goals and 39 assists with just three regular-season Shawinigan games remaining on the schedule, his 1.05 points-per-game average is tops among Cataractes centers and the best of his career. An alternate captain for his club, Gignac’s NHL opportunities may come sooner rather than later given New Jersey’s thin forward depth at the NHL level. Kevin Wickersham

December 2016 – Gignac has posted impressive scoring totals during his tenure with Shawinigan in the QMJHL, averaging nearly a point-per-game over the past two campaigns. His numbers lean more toward assists than goals, as his past three seasons in juniors have shown (9 G 31 A in 2014-15; 24 G 37 A in 2015-16; and 6 G 16 A in 2016-17). Known for his extreme quickness on the ice and ability to distribute the puck, Gignac profiles as an undersized speedster with impressive vision who keeps defenses on their toes with his explosiveness.

 

Since he possesses neither great strength nor size, some have contended that his slight frame may not withstand the rigors of higher levels of competition, but at 19 years of age, Gignac has time to add muscle as he prepares for a possible ascent up the professional hockey ladder. Kevin Wickersham

 

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 5.0
NHL Certainty 2.5
Country CAN
Position C
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth November 7, 1997
Height 5‘11”
Weight 185 lbs
Drafted 2016 Round 3; Overall: 80

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2011-2012 École Georges-Vanier M15 MajLHPS M15 Majeur23 26 2046 0|Playoffs5 10 313
  École Georges-Vanier M17 MajLHPS M17 Majeur16 2 35 0|Playoffs3 1 45
 2012-2013 Collège Esther-Blondin PhénixQMAAA42 20 1737 46|Playoffs3 0 11
  Team Québec Blue QGC-165 1 34 6|        
 2013-2014 Shawinigan CataractesQMJHL53 5 914 18|Playoffs4 0 11
  Canada Québec U17WHC-176 1 01 4|        
 2014-2015 Shawinigan CataractesQMJHL63 9 3140 18|Playoffs7 2 13
 2015-2016 Shawinigan CataractesQMJHL67 24 3761 41|Playoffs20 7 916
 2016-2017 Shawinigan CataractesQMJHL59 23 3962 30|Playoffs6 0 44
  Albany DevilsAHL2 0 00 2|        
  QMJHL All-StarsJr Super Series1 0 00 2|        
 2017-2018 Binghamton DevilsAHL21 2 13 4|        
 2018-2019 New Jersey DevilsNHL1 0 00 0|        
  Binghamton DevilsAHL66 12 2436 28|        
 2019-2020 Binghamton DevilsAHL36 4 1014 19|        
 2020-2021 Binghamton DevilsAHL- - -- -|        

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