Dylan Gambrell

San Jose Sharks
Photo courtesy of DenverPioneers.com

Fantasy Summary

Two-way pivot with size and speed, likely to be deployed in a defensive role

Fantasy Upside 6.5
NHL Certainty 8.5
Country USA
Position C
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth August 26, 1996
Height 6‘0”
Weight 185 lbs
Drafted 2016 Round 2; Overall: 60


July 2019 – The Sharks re-signed Dylan Gambrell to a two year contract extension. Gambrell was an RFA and coming off a season in which he bounced between the AHL and NHL. All things considered, Gambrell should have a good chance at the fourth line center position to start next season with multiple veteran forwards departing the Sharks. Chris Legg


June 2019 –  Gambrell played the yoyo game between the AHL and the NHL this season filling in as injury depth for the Sharks. With the Sharks, Gambrell did not manage a point, playing limited minutes as the fourth line center. He posted 45 points in 51 games with the Barracuda, playing primarily on the first line. Gambrell capped off the season by scoring his first NHL goal in the playoffs against the Blues, the goal turned out to be the last of the season for the Sharks. Depending on how things shake out in free agency, that fourth line center spot may be Gambrell’s to start next season. Once he gets more comfortable in the NHL and becomes more physically mature, look for Gambrell’s ice time to increase and the points will come with it. Chris Legg


November 2018 – Gambrell has been recalled once again by the Sharks, replacing Rourke Chartier on the 23-man roster. Gambrell is probably grateful the Sharks’ AHL affiliate is co-located in San Jose, as he’s been back and forth several times this season. He’s been hot at the AHL level posting six points in seven games. It’s a little early to add Gambrell to your active roster yet though as his minutes will likely be limited under Pete DeBoer, who doesn’t hand out big minutes to rookies very often. Chris Legg


October 2018 – Gambrell was sent down to the AHL’s San Jose Barracuda as one of the Sharks final training camp cuts. Gambrell was beat out for the final roster spot by fellow rookie center Rourke Chartier. It didn’t take Gambrell long to make an impression with the Barracuda, he posted two goals and added a helper in just his first period of AHL game action. This subsequently helped him earn a call up to the Sharks when Joe Thornton was placed on IR, although realistically Gambrell was probably the first call up anyway. Gambrell hasn’t yet suited up for the Sharks in the regular season, but expect him to make his NHL debut soon. We will probably see Gambrell bounce between the Sharks and the Barracuda for the remainder of this season. Chris Legg

July 2018 – The Sharks signed their second round pick from 2016, Gambrell, to an entry level deal in March of 2018. Gambrell will turn pro after three NCAA seasons as he was over a point per game in each of those three seasons. During his junior year in the NCAA, Gambrell lead the University of Denver to a NCAA title. Gambrell has the inside track on the Sharks’ fourth line center position recently vacated by Eric Fehr. He has the speed and maturity in his game that will make the Sharks comfortable playing him in defensive situations. For the time being, his offensive upside is limited as he won’t get a chance to play big minutes, however he is worth keeping an eye on in the future if he can work his way up the line-up. Chris Legg

January 2017- Gambrell’s junior season is nearly the same last year: solid two-way play on the second line, chipping in goal while creating offensive chances for his line mates. The 22-year-old pivot entered the Christmas break with six goals and 16 assists in 19 matches so far. But will he leave school a year early to turn pro? That will be something to watch as there has been plenty of room with the Barracuda in the middle and opportunity abounds over the next few years as the aging roster looks to find who is part of the Sharks plan moving forward. Zachary DeVine

February 2017 – Sophomore center Dylan Gambrell is just off the pace (1.14P/GM last season and 1.04P/GM this year) of his impressive rookie year with the Denver Pioneers but with the team constantly at the top of the national rankings and a few injuries the sophomore slump is understandable. The Pioneers look well positioned to make some noise in the NCAA championship. It will be interesting to see if the Sharks make an attempt to sign Gambrell. If he does sign, it could be a boost for the Barracuda’s playoff hopes as well. Zachary DeVine

June 2016 – The San Jose Sharks went off the board to select center Dylan Gambrell with the 60th overall selection in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. Gambrell will be 20 years of age in August, and this was his final year of draft eligibility. Gambrell is known as a complete center with very good on-ice vision, solid hockey sense and high compete level.  His offensive upside at the professional ranks are a question mark, and Gambrell is a player that is likely still 2-3 years from an NHL debut despite his advanced age. In three seasons in the USHL, Gambrell scored 108 points in 172 games. In his first year in Denver, he posted 17 goals and 30 assists in 41 games, good for the 12th best rookie season in Pioneers history. Gambrell has stated he will return to Denver for his sophomore season with the Pioneers. Zachary DeVine


 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2011-2012 Colorado Thunderbirds U16 T1EHL U16 40 21 21 42 12 |          
 2012-2013 Colorado Thunderbirds U16 T1EHL U16 4 4 8 12 0 |          
  Dubuque Fighting Saints USHL 58 9 18 27 14 | Playoffs 9 0 2 2
 2013-2014 Dubuque Fighting Saints JCWC 5 1 1 2 6 |          
  Dubuque Fighting Saints USHL 60 14 29 43 29 | Playoffs 7 0 0 0
 2014-2015 Dubuque Fighting Saints USHL 54 16 22 38 74 | Playoffs 8 3 4 7
  USA U19 WJAC-19 4 1 0 1 0 |          
 2015-2016 Univ. of Denver NCAA 41 17 30 47 19 |          
 2016-2017 Univ. of Denver NCAA 38 13 29 42 21 |          
 2017-2018 Univ. of Denver NCAA 41 13 30 43 15 |          
  San Jose Sharks NHL 3 0 0 0 0 |          
 2018-2019 San Jose Sharks NHL 8 0 0 0 2 | Playoffs 2 1 0 1
  San Jose Barracuda AHL 51 20 25 45 18 | Playoffs 4 1 3 4
 2019-2020 San Jose Barracuda AHL - - - - - |