Brandon Gignac

New Jersey Devils
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Fantasy Summary

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


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 170 lbs
Drafted 2016 Round 3; Overall: 80

Observations

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

 


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2011-2012 École Georges-Vanier M15 Maj LHPS M15 Majeur 23 26 20 46 0 | Playoffs 5 10 3 13
  École Georges-Vanier M17 Maj LHPS M17 Majeur 16 2 3 5 0 | Playoffs 3 1 4 5
 2012-2013 Collège Esther-Blondin Phénix QMAAA 42 20 17 37 46 | Playoffs 3 0 1 1
  Team Québec Blue QGC-16 5 1 3 4 6 |          
 2013-2014 Shawinigan Cataractes QMJHL 53 5 9 14 18 | Playoffs 4 0 1 1
  Canada Québec U17 WHC-17 6 1 0 1 4 |          
 2014-2015 Shawinigan Cataractes QMJHL 63 9 31 40 18 | Playoffs 7 2 1 3
 2015-2016 Shawinigan Cataractes QMJHL 67 24 37 61 41 | Playoffs 20 7 9 16
 2016-2017 Shawinigan Cataractes QMJHL 59 23 39 62 30 | Playoffs 6 0 4 4
  Albany Devils AHL 2 0 0 0 2 |          
  QMJHL All-Stars Jr Super Series 1 0 0 0 2 |          
 2017-2018 Binghamton Devils AHL 21 2 1 3 4 |          
 2018-2019 New Jersey Devils NHL 1 0 0 0 0 |          
  Binghamton Devils AHL 66 12 24 36 28 |          
 2019-2020 Binghamton Devils AHL 5 0 2 2 2 |          

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