This was the hardest “Prospect of the Week” so far. It came down to three players in Charlie McAvoy, Jakub Zboril and Jesse Gabrielle. They all had 3 points during their week of games, and they all played 2 games as well. But one player jumped out at me when watching the highlights of the games. Maybe I am biased toward forwards, or maybe it is easier to project a forward because a lot of things defenseman do are harder to judge or even see on film as the camera pretty much only follows the puck. But BostonPucks.com’s Prospect of the Week is Prince George Couger, Jesse Gabrielle.
Jesse Gabrielle earned “Prospect of the Week” by scoring 2 goals and an assist in a win over the Kamloops Blazers. Gabrielle’s assist was a thing of beauty. He intercepted a breakout pass and then beat all Blazer players to the net. Then he shoveled a back hand pass over to a teammate for a tap in goal. Gabrielle’s first goal was on an odd man rush where he just had to put the puck in an open net. But Gabrielle’s second goal was sick. He showed off his quick release while collecting a pass in the slot and burying it in the net. It was a big time release and shot from Gabrielle on that goal. See the link below for the highlights. Gabrielle wears number 13:
Jesse Gabrielle was a 4th round pick of the Bruins in 2015. He brings some size, grit and goal scoring ability. Last season he had a real impressive 40 goals, 35 assists for 75 points in 72 games. So far this season in 15 games he has 10 goals and 9 assists for 19 points. Gabrielle will most likely need time in Providence once his junior career is over, but he is another player the Bruins potentially stole in the late rounds of the draft.
McAvoy and Zboril
Charlie McAvoy scored a power play goal and had 2 assists in Boston University’s win Saturday against Michigan. He did have a turnover at the offensive blue line the resulted in a break away, not a goal, but a bad turnover nonetheless. You can see his goal in the highlight video link below. He did have a pretty sweet celebration jump into the boards as well. McAvoy is #7:
Jakub Zboril scored 2 power play goals in a win over Charlottetown. Zboril ended up being the first star of the game. He then went on to pick up an assist in a win over the Sherbrooke Phoenix on Saturday. Zboril was also plus-3 in the game against Sherbrooke. He now has 5 goals and 8 assists for 13 points in 14 games.
- In an odd event Anders Bjork and the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame was visiting Northeastern at Matthews Arena this past weekend. During Sunday’s game after 2 periods the game was tied 0-0. Then the Zamboni broke down and they had ice issues. They had to end the game after 2 periods. Both teams hope to complete the game later in the season if they can fit it into the schedule.
- Anders Bjork continued his torrid pace by collecting 2 assists on Saturday night against Northeastern. Bjork now has 18 points (7 goals and 11 assists) on the season.
- Danton Heinen scored another goal in the AHL. That is now 3 goals in 5 games for Heinen. Something that surely makes the Bruins brass happy.
- Zach Senyshyn collected 2 assists over the weekend. Senyshyn now has 9 points (5 goals and 4 assists) in 14 games. He is well off of his pace from last season where he scored 45 goals in 66 games. It is only a mater of time before Senyshyn starts scoring goals in bunches though.