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Nathan David Gerbe (born July 24, 1987) is an American professional ice hockey player currently playing for the Cleveland Monsters of the American Hockey League (AHL) while under contract to the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League (NHL). He previously played with Genève-Servette HC of the National League (NL) and for the Carolina Hurricanes and the Buffalo Sabres in the National Hockey League (NHL). At only 5 feet and 4 inches, he is the shortest player in the NHL.

Nathan Gerbe
Nathan Gerbe 2013.jpg
Born (1987-07-24) July 24, 1987 (age 32)
Oxford, Michigan, U.S.
Height 5 ft 4 in (163 cm)
Weight 176 lb (80 kg; 12 st 8 lb)
Position Center
Shoots Left
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
Former teams
Columbus Blue Jackets
Cleveland Monsters (AHL)
Buffalo Sabres
Carolina Hurricanes
Genève-Servette HC
NHL Draft 142nd overall, 2005
Buffalo Sabres
Playing career 2008–present

Playing careerEdit

AmateurEdit

As a youth, Gerbe played in the 2001 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with the Detroit Honeybaked minor ice hockey team.[1]

Gerbe played for the Boston College Eagles of the Hockey East conference in the NCAA (wearing the number 9), and was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres with the 142nd pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.[citation needed]

In the 2008 Frozen Four, he scored five goals in the final two games, leading his team to the championship, and was named the tournament's most outstanding player.[2] He was also a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award in the same 2007–08 season.[3]

ProfessionalEdit

On the ice, he is known for his skating ability and scoring touch, as evident with 68 points in 43 games in his last year with Boston College. During his tenure with the Buffalo Sabres, the local fans began to call him the "Tasmanian Devil," a reference to his smaller size, but rough style of play. He has also been called "The Gerbil" by local fans in reference to a confrontation with Daniel Carcillo of the Philadelphia Flyers during the 2011 NHL playoffs.[citation needed]

In an interview, Gerbe revealed that he models his game based after retired NHL players Martin St. Louis and Danny Brière, both of whom are also known for their small size and on-ice ability.[citation needed]

 
Gerbe with the Sabres in 2012

On May 6, 2008, Gerbe signed his first professional contract, a three-year, $2.55 million contract with the Buffalo Sabres.[4] He scored his first NHL preseason goal in a loss to the Montreal Canadiens on September 22. On December 6, 2008, he was recalled by the Sabres, and played in his first NHL regular-season game, a win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. On December 13, Gerbe recorded his first NHL point against the New Jersey Devils by assisting a Drew Stafford goal.[5] Gerbe was awarded the Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award for rookie of the year in the 2008–09 season of the AHL. He scored his first career NHL goal on December 9, 2009, against the Washington Capitals.[6] On April 26, 2010, he scored his first NHL postseason goal against the Boston Bruins.[7]

On January 21, 2011, he scored two goals in five seconds against the New York Islanders, setting a franchise record for the fastest two goals by one player.[8] On June 29, 2011, Gerbe re-signed with the Buffalo Sabres to a three-year deal worth $1.42 million per season.[citation needed]

Upon completion of the lockout-shortened 2012–13 season, Gerbe was placed on waivers by the Sabres on July 3, 2013, with the intention of buying out the remainder of his contract.[9] A free agent, Gerbe later agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with the Carolina Hurricanes on July 26, 2013.[10]

On June 24, 2014, Nathan Gerbe re-signed with the Hurricanes on a two-year, one-way contract. The deal pays Gerbe $1.5 million in 2014–15, and $2 million in 2015–16.[11]

On July 1, 2016, having left the Hurricanes as a free agent, Gerbe signed a one-year deal with the New York Rangers.[12] However, Gerbe did not make the Rangers roster out of training camp and was sent down to the Rangers' AHL team, the Hartford Wolf Pack.[13] When Gerbe refused to report to the Wolf Pack, the Rangers placed him on unconditional waivers for release in order to terminate his contract.[14]

On October 14, 2016, Gerbe agreed to a three-year contract with Genève-Servette HC of the National League A (NLA).[15] Gerbe made his NLA debut on October 21, 2016, on home-ice against HC Ambrì-Piotta. Gerbe scored his first NLA goal on October 29, 2016, on home ice against HC Lugano in a 5-0 win. He finished his first season in Geneva with 28 points (11 goals) in 26 games, before adding two assists in four playoffs games. Gerbe appeared in 13 regular season games with Geneva in the 2017–18 season, scoring five points (one goal), before being taken out of the lineup as a healthy scratch. He racked up an impressive 79 PIM in those 13 games and put up a -4 rating. After an injury sustained during a team practice, Gerbe was put on the trade bloc by Geneva.[16][17] He went on to play an additional 6 games, before being released by Geneva on January 20, 2018, in order to get rid of his remaining CHF 1.3 million salary. In his playing time with Geneva, he put up 35 points (13 goals) in 45 games, over 2 seasons.[18]

On January 24, 2018, it was announced that the Columbus Blue Jackets signed Gerbe to a one-year, two-way contract for the rest of the 2017–18 season.[19] After clearing waivers, Gerbe was assigned to the Cleveland Monsters of the AHL.[20] However, after Markus Nutivaara was placed on injured reserve, Gerbe was called up to the NHL on February 21, 2018.[21] He was reassigned to the Monsters a few days later on February 26, 2018, after recording no points in two games.[22] In adding to the depth within the Blue Jackets organization, Gerbe agreed to a two-year, two-way contract extension on March 15, 2018.[23]

Before the 2018–19 season, the Monsters named Gerbe team captain after going without one the previous season.[24]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2002–03 River City Lancers USHL 25 3 3 6 49 7 1 1 2 2
2002–03 U.S. National Development Team NAHL 6 2 0 2 8
2003–04 U.S. National Development Team USDP 58 25 19 44 153
2004–05 U.S. National Development Team USDP 50 22 25 47 91
2005–06 Boston College HE 39 11 7 18 75
2006–07 Boston College HE 41 25 22 47 76
2007–08 Boston College HE 43 35 33 68 65
2008–09 Portland Pirates AHL 57 30 26 56 63 5 0 0 0 4
2008–09 Buffalo Sabres NHL 10 0 1 1 4
2009–10 Portland Pirates AHL 44 11 27 38 46 4 1 1 2 4
2009–10 Buffalo Sabres NHL 10 2 3 5 4 2 1 1 2 0
2010–11 Buffalo Sabres NHL 64 16 15 31 34 7 2 0 2 18
2011–12 Buffalo Sabres NHL 62 6 19 25 32
2012–13 Buffalo Sabres NHL 42 5 5 10 14
2013–14 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 81 16 15 31 36
2014–15 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 78 10 18 28 34
2015–16 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 47 3 4 7 14
2016–17 Genève-Servette HC NLA 26 11 17 28 22 4 0 2 2 2
2017–18 Genève-Servette HC NL 19 2 5 7 85
2017–18 Cleveland Monsters AHL 24 4 14 18 16
2017–18 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 2 0 0 0 0
2018–19 Cleveland Monsters AHL 41 10 22 32 40
NHL totals 396 58 80 138 172 9 3 1 4 18
Medal record
Representing   United States
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
  2007 Mora
IIHF U18 Championships
  2005 České Budějovice
  2004 Minsk

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2004 United States WHC17 4th 5 5 5 10 4
2004 United States WJC18   6 0 2 2 20
2005 United States WJC18   6 4 4 8 14
2006 United States WJC 4th 7 0 0 0 6
2007 United States WJC   7 0 6 6 2
Junior totals 31 9 17 26 46

Awards and honorsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved 2019-02-15.
  2. ^ Chambers, Mike (April 13, 2008). "Boston College wins title". The Denver Post. Retrieved 2008-05-06.
  3. ^ Marrapese-Burrell, Nancy; Barbara Matson (April 12, 2008). "Porter, not Gerbe, wins Hobey Baker". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2008-05-06.
  4. ^ "Sabres sign Boston College forward Nathan Gerbe to 3-year deal". The Canadian Press. May 6, 2008. Archived from the original on May 13, 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-06.
  5. ^ "NHL.com - Game Boxscore - Buffalo @ Devils - 12/13/08".
  6. ^ "NHL.com - Game Boxscore - Capitals @ Buffalo- 12/9/09".
  7. ^ "NHL Scores - Buffalo Sabres vs. Boston Bruins". ESPN. 2010-04-26. Retrieved 2010-04-28.
  8. ^ Wawrow, John (2011-01-21). "Grabner scores 2 goals, Isles beat Sabres 5-2". Associated Press. Yahoo Sports. Retrieved 2011-01-21.
  9. ^ "Agent: Sabres inform F Nathan Gerbe they intend to buy out final year of contract". National Hockey League. 2013-07-03. Retrieved 2013-07-03.
  10. ^ "Hurricanes sign Gerbe to one-year, two-way contract". The Sports Network. 2013-07-26. Retrieved 2013-07-26.
  11. ^ "Canes Agree to Terms with Nathan Gerbe". Carolina Hurricanes. 2014-06-24. Retrieved 2014-06-24.
  12. ^ "Rangers agree to terms with Nathan Gerbe". New York Rangers. 2016-07-01. Retrieved 2016-07-01.
  13. ^ "Rangers' Nathan Gerbe: Waived for AHL reassignment". CBS Sports. 2016-10-07. Retrieved 2017-12-21.
  14. ^ Fortunato, Joe (2016-10-11). "Nathan Gerbe Refuses To Report To Hartford; Contract Will Be Terminated". Blueshirt Banter. Retrieved 2017-12-21.
  15. ^ "Nathan Gerbe signs three-year contract with Genève-Servette HC". Swiss Hockey News. 2016-10-14. Retrieved 2016-10-14.
  16. ^ "Genève-Servette HC's American Nathan Gerbe injured". Swiss Hockey News. 2017-10-12. Retrieved 2017-12-21.
  17. ^ "Due to financial problems - Genève-Servette HC offering three players on the market". www.swisshockeynews.ch. 2017-11-26. Retrieved 2017-11-26.
  18. ^ "Nathan Gerbe leaves GSHC" (in French). Genève-Servette HC. 2018-01-20. Retrieved 2018-01-20.
  19. ^ "Columbus Blue Jackets sign Nathan Gerbe". NHL.com. Columbus, Ohio. January 24, 2018. Retrieved January 24, 2018.
  20. ^ "Columbus Blue Jackets activate Atkinson, assign Gerbe to Monsters". NHL.com. Columbus, OH: Columbus Blue Jackets. Retrieved January 25, 2018.
  21. ^ "Columbus Blue Jackets place Nutivaara on IR, recall Gerbe". NHL.com. Columbus Blue Jackets. February 21, 2018. Retrieved February 26, 2018.
  22. ^ "Blue Jackets assign Nathan Gerbe to Monsters". NHL.com. February 26, 2018. Retrieved March 7, 2018.
  23. ^ "Blue Jackets extend Nathan Gerbe on two-year deal". Columbus Blue Jackets. 2018-03-15. Retrieved 2018-03-15.
  24. ^ "Monsters Taking Lead from the Captain this Season". clevelandmonsters.com. November 13, 2018. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
  25. ^ a b "NCAA Frozen Four Records" (PDF). NCAA.org. Retrieved 2013-06-19.
  26. ^ "2013-14 Hockey East Media Guide". Hockey East. Retrieved 2014-05-19.

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