The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that the hockey club has acquired forward Gabriel Gagne from Ottawa in exchange for forward Morgan Klimchuk.
Gagne, 22, has appeared in 33 games with the Belleville Senators (AHL) during the 2018-19 season and has recorded four goals and five assists for nine points. In 142 career AHL games, the Laval, Quebec native has registered 40 points (26 goals, 14 assists) and 62 penalty minutes. Prior to playing in the AHL, Gagne skated in 177 games in the QMJHL split between Victoriaville (143 games) and Shawinigan (34 games), where he recorded 68 goals and 64 assists for 132 points.
Gagne was originally selected by the Senators in the second round (36th overall) of the 2015 NHL Draft.
Some Info on Gabriel Gagne:
A tall and lanky center with superb offensive instincts and a good all-around game. Skates very well for his size, and his acceleration is remarkable; his lower body strength generates a lot of power with respect to his mobility. Possesses an absolutely wicked release to his shot, as well as good hands around the net. Has shown some signs of creativity in playmaking; when he plays his game simply, hard on the forecheck, getting into prime-time scoring areas, he can be a very difficult player to contain. Defensively active in his own end – uses his long reach to knock pucks off opponents’ sticks, and isn’t afraid to hound and hit; able to quickly transition from defense to offense and move the puck out using his speed. All-in-all, a big-bodied, number-generating forward that has the skill and size to be a force at both ends of the ice.