Dylan is a player whose progress we have followed since his college career at the University of Denver. He’s a good skating center, a good controller and a responsible penalty killer. We have a void in the middle due to recent injuries and Dylan will help us with that need.
The 25-year-old has hit double-digit points in each of the past two seasons while recording over 16 minutes per game in 49 games for the Sharks last season. This landed him a one-year, $ 1.1 million contract with San Jose during the offseason. However, he failed to secure a spot on the training camp roster after being beaten by Jasper Weatherby for the spot on the fourth row he was supposed to occupy and in fact authorized the waivers two weeks ago.
While Ottawa could have had it for free at the time, they also didn’t have three injured regulars as Pinto was joined by Colin Blanc and Austin Watson in the reserve of the wounded. As a result, they decided to part ways with a seventh round to bring someone with 110 career games under their belt, mostly in the chess role that Dorion alluded to trying to fill. It’s a low-cost pickup for the Senators and if Gambrell is successful, he is controllable for another two years through a restricted free agency where he will have arbitration rights.