WICHITA, KS – Another day, another player sent down to Wichita from the Binghamton Senators.
Today, the B-Sens assigned Gabriel Gagne, the 36th overall selection in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft by the Ottawa Senators. Gagne is likely to make his professional debut Friday night when the Thunder host the Missouri Mavericks at INTRUST Bank Arena.
At the ripe age of 19, Gagne becomes the youngest player to suit up for the Thunder in their 25-year history and in terms of draft position, is the highest ever to be sent down to the organization. He is also the second NHL-contracted player to be sent to the organization this season — Macoy Erkamps being the other.
Here is a player profile on him the Senators did at their rookie camp this summer:
The 6-foot-5 rookie forward weighs just 185 pounds and according to scouts, skates well for his size. Scouts also say that he has a great wrist shot with deceptively soft hands for a big man and has the ability to become a good right-winger for the Ottawa Senators down the line.
Gagne played in 177 regular-season games in the Quebec Major Junior League for the Victoriaville Tigres and Shawinigan Cataractes, scoring 68 goals and collecting 64 assists (132 points). His goal total almost doubled, from 16 to 35, between the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons. In addition, he has tallied 30 points (14G, 16A) in 35 QMJHL playoff games during his tenure.
The Thunder will announce additional moves to make room for Gagne tomorrow.