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Fantasy Summary

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


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May 2020 – Although not typically known for his offensive prowess, Gambrell’s first extended season with the big club could be considered a bit of a disappointment. Gambrell bounced around the lineup all season long,  trying to find a permanent place to call his own. Unfortunately, much like the Sharks season, Gambrell never seemed to be able to get the ball rolling in the right direction. Although manager Doug Wilson has said he will not be tearing down the team for a full rebuild, questions about Gambrell’s place with the team have begun to arise. Sharks fans will certainly be hoping that their former second-round pick can have a turn around season, making the best of his entry-level contract before it expires. Alex Howes

Oct 2019 – After inking a two-year deal in the off-season, Gambrell has earned himself a spot on the Sharks fourth line this season. The well-rounded center began the season on the right-wing and could see an increase in ice time if the Sharks core players can’t stay healthy. Fantasy owners may not have Gambrell high on their radar, as his only NHL point in 14 appearances was a goal in last year’s playoffs. But, Sharks fans can be confident that their young centerman plays with a level of maturity that could be integral to the team’s success this season. Look for the dynamic forward to get some power play time, and move up the lineup as the season goes on. Alex Howes

 

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

Attributes
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

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2011-2012 Colorado Thunderbirds 16U AAAT1EHL 16U40 21 2142 12|        
 2012-2013 Colorado Thunderbirds 16U AAAT1EHL 16U4 4 812 0|        
  Dubuque Fighting SaintsUSHL58 9 1827 14|Playoffs9 0 22
 2013-2014 Dubuque Fighting SaintsJCWC5 1 12 6|        
  Dubuque Fighting SaintsUSHL60 14 2943 29|Playoffs7 0 00
 2014-2015 Dubuque Fighting SaintsUSHL54 16 2238 74|Playoffs8 3 47
  USA U19WJAC-194 1 01 0|        
 2015-2016 Univ. of DenverNCAA41 17 3047 19|        
 2016-2017 Univ. of DenverNCAA38 13 2942 21|        
 2017-2018 Univ. of DenverNCAA41 13 3043 15|        
  San Jose SharksNHL3 0 00 0|        
 2018-2019 San Jose SharksNHL8 0 00 2|Playoffs2 1 01
  San Jose BarracudaAHL51 20 2545 18|Playoffs4 1 34
 2019-2020 San Jose SharksNHL50 5 611 17|        
  San Jose BarracudaAHL15 3 912 15|        
 2020-2021 San Jose SharksNHL- - -- -|        

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