Dylan Gambrell, Center
The 22-year-old center, signed out of the University of Denver is another player the Sharks believe can fill the hole left by Chris Tierney. Gambrell spent the past six seasons under new Dallas Stars head coach Jim Montgomery, and shined for the Pioneers on the 2017 Frozen Four championship team. He accumulated 133 points during his 3 year collegiate career, with 43 goals and 89 assists, per collegehockeynews.
Dylan Gambrell appeared in 3 Sharks games last season and averaged 10 and half minutes of ice time per game. It was an extremely short sample size and it was with a Sharks team who had already clinched a playoff berth.
There isn’t much to critique as far as what he was able to do during his brief stint with the team last year. That makes his time at DU probably the best way to judge what to expect from Gambrell this upcoming season.
Gambrell is strong on his skates with above average speed. He has some finishing ability around the net and is a playmaker when he is given space to do so. He developed in former UD and current Dallas Stars Head Coach Jim Montgomery’s system during his collegiate career. Now the Sharks are looking for him to flourish under the direction of Pete DeBoer this upcoming season.