4th year defenseman Gabriel Verpaelst(27) comes off a bit of an uneven season to sign an AHL contract with San Antonio Rampage for 2017/2018.

He played 8 games on a pto with Stockton Heat as a sophomore skater.

He played most of last campaign with his team of two years, Norfolk Admirals before a late trade to Utah Grizzlies, but was unable to come close to his career high 28 assists of 2015/2016 (12), although he did up his goal production by one to 7.

Maybe a bit unfortunately too, he added one fight to his totals and now has a new best 16 and 186 penalty minutes in 71 ECHL games.

He was a -20 rating that will need to be cleaned up some for him to stick in the higher league or be reassigned to affiliate Colorado Eagles but was on a team that struggled, which didn’t help that stat much.

We wish the soon-to-be 24-year old well in his new endeavor.

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Gabriel Verpaelst (27)


Undrafted 3rd year defenseman Gabriel Verplaest(27) had his most productive offensive season with Norfolk Admirals‘ in 2015/2016.

Through 57 ECHL games he scored a career high 6 goals and 28 big assists for 34 points, tripling his stats from his rookie campaign with Bakersfield Condors.

The 6’1″ 195 lbs. blue liner never showed the kind of production he’s had since turning pro in four years in the QMJHL with Baie-Comeau Drakkar, where his best showing was 19 assists in his final run.

He was loaned to Stockton Heat late-ish into his sophomore season but failed to register a point in 8 AHL appearances.

He did get into one scrap, which mirrors the aggressive playing style he played in juniors and in the lower league, which was good for 15 fights in each of his first two years.

The still super-young 22-year old re-signs to stay put in Virginia for 2016/2o17, but should gain a training camp invite and could raise his game.