The Boston Bruins drafted forward Jesse Gabrielle with the 105th overall draft selection at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft – and now, he’s joining the team’s AHL affiliate to get in more work at the end of his major junior season.
Per Mark Divver of the Providence Journal, Gabrielle – who finished his 2015-16 season with the Prince George Cougars with 40 goals and 75 points in 72 games played – is practicing with the AHL’s Providence Bruins as of Tuesday afternoon.
No word yet on whether Gabrielle has been inked to an entry-level deal yet or not, so he could just be working out with the team to make sure he’s ready for training camp this summer. If the Bruins have indeed made sure that the forward is inked, though, he’ll be eligible to join the Providence roster on an ATO to finish out the 2016 spring campaign.
Although a fourth round draft selection, the 18 year old Gabrielle showed plenty of promise with Prince George this season, especially as one of the younger players in his draft class. He finished second in scoring to only fellow forward Chase Witala on the year, who has recently joined the AHL’s Toronto Marlies on an ATO for their own spring campaign.
The AHL Bruins will next play on Friday, April 8th, when they start a back to back home and away series against the Portland Pirates to kick off their weekend. If Gabrielle has been signed by then, he can join the club’s roster.