We have a tie for Scouting Post Bruins Prospect of the Month for January: With eight goals and 16 points in 14 games and seven wins in eight starts and a .935 save percentage and 1.84 GAA, Prince George Cougars left wing Jesse Gabrielle and Providence Bruins goaltender Malcolm Subban are your top honored players. Both played so well- it would be a shame to elevate one at the expense of the other, and since one is currently playing in the pro ranks and the other still in junior, it made sense to give the nod to both.
Gabrielle’s 20 goals and 41 points in the last 31 games is the best offensive output of any B’s prospect in the season thus far, but the 2015 fourth-round pick is also getting it done in myriad other ways. He plays a chippy, agitating game and is contributing on the power play and as a dangerous penalty killer. His six short-handed markers leads the WHL. His 86 penalty minutes in 55 games are a testament to his ruggedness and willingness to play a physical game.
Gabrielle has been a revelation this season as a player who certainly had the tools to be an NHL prospect, but who has put things together nicely and is playing with a burr up under his saddle. As a fan of the Bruins and Brad Marchand, he was thrilled to get the call from Boston last June, even if he did have to wait a little longer for it, and is ringing the bell with a flourish.
His 34 goals is tied for second in the WHL right now behind Dryden Hunt (35) and is just one short of tying his entire output for the previous *two* seasons with Brandon and Regina.
Subban, who is currently sidelined indefinitely with a fractured larynx after taking a puck to the throat during warmups in Portland Saturday (Zane McIntyre played his best game of the season in relief, making 35 saves in a 3-1 win), won seven of eight games for the month, losing just one overtime contest to Portland by a 2-1 score.
Subban turned things around after a brutal start to the season. He missed most of October with a lower body injury and then went just 1-5-2 in November with a bloated 2.99 GAA and .869 save percentage. The 2012 1st-rounder then spent the months of December and January getting his totals back to a respectable mark, sitting with 14-8-5 record, 2.46 GAA and .911 save percentage.
With Subban out for the time being, veteran Jeremy Smith has been summoned to Providence from the Iowa Wild and it will be interesting to see how much of a split he and McIntyre take on in terms of the workload going forward. For now, we wish Malcolm the absolute best for a speedy recovery from a scary situation and injury.