Joining Alexander Salak and Byron Froese, prospect David Gilbert (his last name’s pronounced Zhil-BEHR, for those of you who are not francophone) has been signed by the Chicago Blackhawks to a three-year entry level contract, as reported by the IceHogs. Originally drafted in the seventh round of the 2009 draft (209 overall), the 6’2″ center Â has spent the last four seasons playing in the QMJHL, the first two and half for the Quebec Remparts and then the remaining one and a half for the Acadie-Bathurst Titan.
As reported in Hockey’s Future, Gilbert finished this past season, his first full run with the Titan, with career-high 28 goals and 51 points in 52 games, a plus-22 plus/minus rating, and having won 49.3% of his faceoffs. He added a power-play tally and another goal as the Titan were swept by Victoriaville during their first postseason appearance.
During the past two seasons, Gilbert has come to the AHL to play six games with the IceHogs, one in the 2009-2010 season and five more in the end of this past season. In those last five games, Gilbert notched three points, two goals and one assist. Having seen him during prospect camp last year and then with the IceHogs at the end of the season, I will definitely say that he’s been solid in center and has shown a lot of growth — there is potential there and it is being tapped into, which is exciting. He’s still not someone you can call consistent, but he’s young. He has time, and from what I’ve seen, he will get there for sure.
Trivia tidbit: Gilbert is a native of ChÃ¢teauguay, QuÃ©bec, where a goaltender named Corey Crawford also hails from. You might have heard of him?