2017 NHL Entry Draft

Gabe Vilardi




Previous Team: Windsor Spitfires (OHL)

Hockey Draft Central Ranking: No. 3

Vital Statistics

Position: C • Height: 6-2¼ • Weight: 190 • Shoots: Right
Birthdate: Aug. 16, 1999 • Hometown: Kingston, Ontario

Additional Information

Current Status: ACTIVE | STATS
Previous Team: Rockland CIH Academy (Ontario Bantam AAA)
OHL Priority Selection: 2015 by Windsor (Round 1, No. 2 overall)
OHL Debut: Sept. 24, 2015 (Windsor vs. Erie)
First OHL Goal: Oct. 1, 2015 (Windsor vs. Saginaw)

Quietly Starring in Shadow of the Top Two
His Family's Work Ethic Pushed Him Harder
Draft-Year Move to Wing Has Paid Dividends

Quotes from Major Draft Guides

• "His hockey sense and awareness of the players around him is outstanding, with or without the puck. There may be some concern about his skating, but he's too smart not to get over that." (Anonymous Scout, Hockey News Draft Preview)

• "Plays a 200-foot game. Very good shot. Special teams. Competitive. Skating in the main issue with this player. Average at best. Scores big marks on smarts, skills, size and competitiveness." (Chris Mooring, ISS Scout)

• "I see him being on the wing (in the NHL, rather than at center), but he may be a terrific winger. Down low he is so good on the cycle with his size, strength, puck skills and vision. He reminds me somewhat of Corey Perry. If he can become that good, that’s a pretty good upside." (Anonymous Scout, Recrutes.ca)

• "I’ve been surprised all season that some scouts I talk to have not been higher on Vilardi. He’s an extremely smart player with excellent hands and vision. He also has a hard accurate shot as well. I know his feet are far from perfect but he’s actually pretty quick, elusive/shifty down low. I’ve seen him shake plenty of defenders." (Mark Edwards, HockeyProspect.com Black Book)

• "Opens up ice for teammates by drawing defenders to him, then makes great feeds to linemates. Strong on his stick and the puck with excellent upper-body strength to fend off checks. Intimidates with an aggressive physical forecheck." (Red Line Report)