It finally counts!
On October 22 in Buffalo, San Jose Sharks forward Dylan Gambrell netted his first career NHL goal for his fourth point in his last six games.
You might remember a week earlier when the 23-year-old's tally was waived off for a high stick versus the Carolina Hurricanes. And then there's that time when he scored in the playoffs last May in St. Louis. Technically though, career totals are only kept during the regular season, so last night's goal sits as the first of his career in the record books.
Gambrell's goal at 5:46 of the first period opened up the scoring and was just the second time this year the Sabres have given up the first goal of the game. After a shot from Erik Karlsson at the blue line, Gambrell makes his way to the front of the crease where he's able to tip the puck home.
Video: SJS@BUF: Gambrell deflects puck into the net
With high expectations and a number of young players battling for roster spots, Gambrell has spent his minutes centering the Sharks fourth line and has been building on his game thus far this calendar year alongside a number of teammates.
After spending three seasons with the University of Denver, Gambrell joined the Sharks for a short stint in 2017-18 before playing with the their American Hockey League affiliate, the San Jose Barracuda for most of 2018-19. He also appeared in 10 games, including two playoff games, with Team Teal last season. The 23-year-old was drafted by San Jose in the Second Round (60th overall) at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft and re-signed with the club this summer.