Grant Gabriele

Aaron Vickers

The future Western Michigan Mustang is a quiet, non-physical, defensive defenseman who makes a solid first pass. Gabriele skates pretty well and is not afraid to jump up on the rush. He has pretty good instincts and shows the ability to quickly weigh the pros and cons of taking a more offensive approach in a shift. Has a cannon of a shot from the point and can unload a powerful slap shot when given the time to set it up. Makes some questionable plays with the puck under pressure and lacks poise when there is a man in his vicinity. Has good vision and makes a strong, accurate breakout pass, but is not an overly creative playmaker. Instead, he takes what is available and does not force things. Again, he is not a physical player at all, in- stead using his active stick and positioning to play defense. He can get caught running around in his own zone and being drawn out of position from time to time. Overall, he is a decent developing minute-munching blueliner who gives a solid effort at both ends. While he is seen by our evaluators as a low upside prospect, he also looks to have a low risk factor and someone a team might look to for a depth role after he has a few season in the college ranks to add needed experience and muscle mass. (May 2015)