The New York Rangers agreed to terms with the team’s 6th round pick of last year’s draft today. Gabriel Fontaine is a New York Ranger.
Fontaine is currently having a standout postseason for the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies of the QMJHL after he had a breakout season in the highest-scoring junior league in Canada.
The 6-foot-1 Fontaine finished the 2016-17 season with the Huskies with 52 points in 59 games. Fontaine was fourth on the Huskies in points this year. He has 9 points in 8 playoff games and is currently battling with his team in the second round of the QMJHL playoffs.
Blueshirt Banter’s Adam Herman shared his thoughts on Fontaine when the Rangers grabbed him in the sixth round of the draft this summer:
...he was also relied upon by Rouyn-Noranda to be their shutdown center and play penalty kill minutes, and that's likely where his NHL potential lies. He's a cerebral, shutdown forward who is a strong skater and engages in the tug-of-war aspects of the game. There's a bit of a Jesper Fast feel to him.
The 19-year-old just finished his third full season in the QMJHL. He won the QMJHL Championship last year with Rouyn-Noranda.