Jesse Gabrielle is a 19 year old 5’11, 204 lb left winger in the Boston Bruins Organization. Gabrielle is from Edmonton, Alberta and was drafted 105th overall in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft by the Boston Bruins. He recently agreed to play with the Providence Bruins, so let’s take a more in depth look into who he is as a player.
Marchand is 5’9 and 181 pounds. Marchand is described as an agitator as well as Gabrielle. Marchand is a great skater who can also evade defenders with ease. He’s a great skater and has a nose for the net. While playing in the QMJHL Marchand scored 102 goals and recorded 146 assists for 248 points in 245 games played. Marchand also tends to take many penalties as well. I think comparing Gabrielle to Marchand is understandable because of their gritty play, their skating ability and their ability to breeze past defenders and score.
Gabrielle models his game after a former Boston Bruin, a fan favorite. “I was never a guy that wanted to be like Patrick Kane or anything; I wanted to be like Lucic, an energy, hard-nosed player.” He also said “When I watched the Bruins and everyone called them the Big, Bad Bruins, that was sort of the thing that caught my eye. I’ve been a fan since.”
All in all, Gabrielle is essentially a larger version of Brad Marchand. If Gabrielle continues to develop his game then he could easily make his way to the NHL and become a fan favorite in Boston. Gabrielle likes Brad Marchand and likes his style of play, “When I saw Marchand for the first time, watching him throughout his career here, I instantly fell in love with the way that he played.” Gabrielle also knows how great of a skill set Marchand has, “That’s kind of the way that I want to play. I’m not a bigger guy…He’s got a great skill set, that’s kind of what I’ve got to work on. The way that he plays on edge is what I like about him.” Marchand beat the odds and made it to the NHL, we will probably end up seeing Gabrielle beat the odds as well. Gabrielle agreeing to play with the Providence Bruins is a big step forward in his career so it might not be too long until we see him in the Spoked B.
(Quotes taken from Causewaycrowd.com)