Gabriel Vilardi

Los Angeles Kings
Claus Andersen

Fantasy Summary

Poised centerman with a lethal release. His timing and footspeed will need to improve before he makes an efficient transition to the NHL but his toolbox is full of the makings of a typical middle-6 NHL pivot.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 8.5
NHL Certainty 8.0
Country CAN
Position C
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth August 16, 1999
Height 6‘3”
Weight 201 lbs
Drafted 2017 Round 1; Overall: 11

Observations

December 2018 – Vilardi was selected to attend training camp for Team Canada at the 2019 World Juniors despite him still recovering from a back injury that has prevented him from starting the hockey season. He was projected to take on a large role on the team especially with the likes of Alex Formenton already being ruled out of the tournament. He was going to play in the top six likely slotting in as the second line right wing. He had been skating and working out with the team without playing in any of Canada’s three exhibition games against the University All-Stars. Leading up to the start of Canada’s preseason opener, he visited medical professionals off site on December 18th to determine his status, and news broke one day later that he would be ruled out of this year’s tournament.
Vilardi will continue to work to nurse his ailments to hopefully return to full form and be able to make his way into the Los Angeles Kings lineup eventually. Vilardi, when healthy, could have a significant impact on a Kings roster waiting for an injection of skilled youth, but in the meantime he will have to stay health for the remained of the season in the CHL (likely in Kingston). Julian Mongillo

 

November 2018— Vilardi has not had the start to the season he or the team had hoped for. In September, it was reported that Vilardi was expected to make the Los Angeles Kings out of training camp. However, his season debut was derailed by his seemingly chronic back issue, which also held him out of rookie camp and most of training camp. Vilardi returned to practice with the Kings at the end of October in a limited, no-contact capacity but suffered a minor setback in early November unrelated to his back. Whether he will be ready to compete for a spot on Canada’s World Junior Championships team is uncertain. Hannah Stuart

 

June 2018 –After missing time with back spasms in 2017-18, the kind of injury you don’t necessarily look forward to getting at 17 years old, Vilardi somehow had to prove that he wasn’t the fragile type of player and he’s halfway there. Coming back for the second half of the OHL regular season, the 18-year-old center showed how much of an offensive star he can quickly become in the NHL. Vilardi racked up 58 points in only 32 games in the regular season and adding another 22 points in 21 playoffs games for the Kingston Frontenacs. While his tendency of getting injured is still a bit of a concern (81 games played over two OHL seasons), his talent is clearly undisputed. Being selected 11th overall in 2017 was a bit of a surprise as he was viewed more as a top 10 and even top five overall pick candidate. His skating will need some more work, but his shot release and his vision on the ice are beyond where they need to be at that age. Seen as a two-way forward by many, his defensive skills must be at a very high level to match the threat he has offensively. 2018-19 brings a whole lot of promises to Vilardi and the Kings as the muscled-up center seems ready to make the big step and play a key role in the top six right away. Even owners in shallower leagues should take a serious look at him entering this year’s fantasy season drafts. Cal Sinclair

September 2017 – It has been a big year for the Spitfire turned King after being drafted 11th overall by the Los Angeles Kings, shortly after a Memorial Cup victory. Vilardi led the Spitfires in the regular season scoring with 0.89 points per game, and was second in team scoring in the memorial cup with 7 assists and 5 shots on goal in 4 games. Gabriel was invited to Canada’s 2017-18 World Junior development camp and the Kings prospect camp but was unable to attend on-ice sessions due to injury that the Kings deemed a minor issue. Jamie Barber

 

February 2017- After missing time to injury at the start of the season Vilardi returned strong and had a solid Top Prospects game. With Windsor, he will have a chance to showcase his skills in a playoff run and a Memorial Cup tournament. Vilardi is a big, versatile forward that can play the middle or the wing. His skating is average but not a liability and his strength is down low in the offensive zone where he uses his strength and vision to create plays and drive possession.  Vilardi plays a strong two-way game, has a high hockey IQ, strong work ethic and is a complete package. Peter Harling


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2013-2014 Greater Kingston Frontenacs Bntm ETABHL 23 19 19 38 10 |          
  Greater Kingston Fr. Mn Mdgt AAA ETAMMHL 8 3 7 10 4 |          
 2014-2015 CIHA Voyageurs Minor Midget AAA OEMMHL 21 18 21 39 12 |          
  Team Ontario CWG 6 5 7 12 0 |          
  CIHA Voyageurs Midget AAA OEMHL 3 4 4 8 8 | Playoffs 8 3 7 10 10 
  Team HEO OGC-16 5 4 5 9 0 |          
 2015-2016 Windsor Spitfires OHL 62 17 21 38 14 | Playoffs 5 1 3 4
  Team White U17-Dev 0 0 0 0 0 |          
  Canada White U17 WHC-17 6 4 3 7 0 |          
 2016-2017 Windsor Spitfires OHL 49 29 32 61 12 | Playoffs 7 2 4 6
  Windsor Spitfires M-Cup 4 0 7 7 0 |          
  OHL All-Stars Jr Super Series 1 0 0 0 0 |          
 2017-2018 Kingston Frontenacs OHL 32 22 36 58 14 | Playoffs 16 11 11 22 14 
 2018-2019 Ontario Reign AHL 4 0 1 1 0 |          

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