The San Jose Sharks have folded on the Dylan Gambrell era.
The Sharks announced today that they’ve sent their 2016 second-round pick to the Senators for San Jose’s 2022 seventh-rounder.
This seventh-rounder was originally sent to Ottawa last year for Christian Jaros.
Despite his lofty draft status, Gambrell was never able to establish himself as a high-end center in the NHL. Waived at the beginning of the season, Gambrell had been passed on the San Jose depth chart by younger bottom-six pivots Jasper Weatherby and Lane Pederson. After passing through waivers, Gambrell was back in the AHL with the San Jose Barracuda.
Waiving and trading Gambrell are signs that the San Jose Sharks’ center depth has improved. Last year, Gambrell was pulling third-line duty up the middle for the Sharks.
Gambrell could compete with veteran centerman Logan Shaw for playing time on Ottawa’s fourth line.
“He’s a good-skating centre, a strong checker and a responsible penalty killer,” Sens GM Pierre Dorion said in a press release. “We have a void at centre on account of some recent injuries and Dylan will help us with that need.”
There’s no doubt that San Jose Sharks head coach Bob Boughner has given his friend Ottawa Senators head coach D.J. Smith a full scouting report on Gambrell.
In 110 regular games with the San Jose Sharks, Gambrell scored 10 goals and 13 assists. Memorably, he scored the lone goal in the Sharks’ last playoff game, a 5-1 loss to St. Louis in Game Six of the 2019 Western Conference Finals.
Sheng’s Travel Fund
Help fund Sheng's travel! Every dollar goes to the cost of getting to and from Sharks road games.