Gabriel Gagne

Unrestricted Free Agent
Photo courtesy of NHL.com

Fantasy Summary

Middle-six goal scoring power forward


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 3.5
NHL Certainty 3.0
Country CAN
Position RW
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth November 11, 1996
Height 6‘5”
Weight 187 lbs
Drafted 2015 Round 2; Overall: 36

Observations

June 2019 – After disappointing showings on two AHL squads and an ECHL squad, Gagne has not been tendered a qualifying offer by the Maple Leafs. He is now a free agent, with minimal AHL upside. Hayden Soboleski

 

January 2019 – Gagne has been traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Morgan Klimchuk. The big forward has struggled to chip-in offensively so far in his third pro season, but at 22-years-old he still has time to develop into a useful power-forward. Hayden Soboleski

 

July 2018 – Perhaps no prospect in the system turned their fortunes around as much as Gagne. After posting just six points with the AHL club in 2016-17, and spending a healthy chunk of time in the ECHL, the second year pro put together a Cy Young worthy campaign. He was the team’s biggest goal scoring threat as evidenced by his team leading 20 goals, scoring six more than the next highest teammate, while more than doubling his shot rate from his rookie year when he averaged 1.2 shots per game to 2.60 in 2.17-18. His assist total was far less noticeable with Gagne having a hand in just five of his teammate’s goals. But on the bright side, four of those were primary assists. As an exclamation point, he was the lone representative from Belleville selected to participate in the AHL All-Star game. Who would have predicted that a year ago? Gagne needs to keep this momentum going. Ottawa was high on him in his draft year, hence using a high second round pick in 2015. While’s he’s still a fair ways away from fantasy relevance, there’s a glimpse of hope. Not something you could have said 12 short months ago. Brad Phillips

March 2018 – Gagne has continued his solid comeback season with the Belleville Senators just a year after being demoted to the ECHL. He’s recently added five more goals and two more assists to bring his points total to 22 in 59 games this year. The most impressive part of this seemingly average points total is how bad the NHL affiliate has been playing, and how bad the support around him is. Watch out for Gagne to finish out the year strong and start to really utilize his cannon wrist shot and physical attributes. Marcus Griep

January 2018 – What a turnaround it’s been for Gagne. After producing just six points in 41 games for the baby Sens last season, and spending a healthy chunk of the year in the ECHL, Gagne will be the lone representative for the Belleville Senators in this year’s AHL All-Star game. The leading goal score on Belleville, he’s putting together a Cy Young calibre season with a dozen goals and just three assists in 36 games. Brad Phillips

November 2017 – Gagne has done a complete 180 from 2016-17 and is getting back to his bread and butter which is scoring goals. Through 17 games Gagne leads the Baby Sens and sits in the top-10 AHL wide with eight goals, three more than his next closest team mate and is in a five-way tie for the team lead in scoring with nine points. For what it’s worth Pierre Dorion was recently quoted as saying he has Gagne “way ahead” of Francis Perron. After a disappointing rookie pro campaign Gagne has put himself back on the prospect radar. Brad Phillips

June 2017 – Gagne was signed to an entry-level deal at the beginning of 2016-17 and it was pretty much all downhill from there for the former second-rounder. Splitting time between the AHL and the ECHL, Gagne scored just six times over the course of 60 games between the two leagues which is disappointing to say the least for someone billed as a goal scorer. At 6-05 and just 186 pounds, it’s clear that he could stand to gain at least 20 pounds to his frame in order to really become the power forward he was expected to be. And he’ll need to find the back of the net a bit more frequently this season if he has any hope of earning a second contract. Brad Phillips

September 2016 – On the first day of training camp the Senators took care of some business by signing the big winger to a three-year entry level contract. Management must have liked what they saw from Gagne during the development camp, where he was one of the best players, and the more recent rookie tournament.  More than likely headed back to the Q for a final season, he’ll be looking to finish off his junior career with a bangBrad Phillips

May 2016 – Considered somewhat of a reach in the 2015 draft, Gagne did little to dispel that sentiment in his draft+1 season, albeit an injury riddled one. Most apparent is the drop in goal scoring, his calling card. His GPG was down from 0.52 in 2014-15 to 0.4 in 15-16 and registered 36 points in 42 games. In the playoffs he regained his expected level of scoring with 11 goals and 11 helpers in 21 games. One down year is not a huge cause for concern and big men like the 6-05 Gagne can take a bit more time to develop and reach their potential. However anything less than big numbers in his fourth major junior season would have to raise some flags. Brad Phillips

November 2015 – Gagne’s season got off to a late start after recovering from an injury which has limited him to just four games this season. In these four games Gagne has found the back of the net three times. He’s expected to be a big part of the Victoriaville offence this season. The hope for Sens brass is that by the end of the season, he shows he is ready for pro hockey. Brad Phillips

July 2015 – Gabriel Gagne was ranked as a late 2nd or early 3rd round pick by many scouting resources however the Senators traded up in the draft to select him early on day two of the 2015 draft. The tall and lanky winger suited up for Vicotriaville doubling his goal scoring from the season previous to put up 35 goals along with 24 assists in 67 games while finishing top in the QMJHL in dangerous shots. Gagne plays a powerforward style game but to be effective at it will need to add around 35 pounds, he’s good at both end of the rink and is a dangerous shooter. – Benjamin Gallant


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2011-2012 Nord Sélects Midget Espoir QMEAA - - - - - |          
  Saint-Eustache Vikings QMAAA 3 0 0 0 0 |          
 2012-2013 Saint-Eustache Vikings QMAAA 41 15 11 26 38 | Playoffs 4 1 2 3
  Victoriaville Tigres QMJHL 1 0 0 0 0 | Playoffs 1 0 0 0
 2013-2014 Victoriaville Tigres QMJHL 67 16 21 37 14 | Playoffs 5 0 2 2
 2014-2015 Victoriaville Tigres QMJHL 67 35 24 59 39 | Playoffs 4 2 1 3
 2015-2016 Victoriaville Tigres QMJHL 8 5 3 8 6 |          
  Shawinigan Cataractes QMJHL 34 12 16 28 14 | Playoffs 21 11 11 22 22 
 2016-2017 Binghamton Senators AHL 41 2 4 6 9 |          
  Wichita Thunder ECHL 19 6 5 11 6 |          
 2017-2018 Belleville Senators AHL 68 20 5 25 45 |          
 2018-2019 Belleville Senators AHL 33 4 5 9 8 |          
  Toronto Marlies AHL 22 2 5 7 6 |          
  Newfoundland Growlers ECHL 5 0 4 4 0 |          

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