Yanni Gourde, Will AND Skill

How TBL37 became a mainstay

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Yanni Gourde is one of my favorite player development stories in the NHL.

As a draft-eligible coming out of the QMJHL, the 5’9” Gourde has the reputation of a high-effort guy with good speed but questionable pro potential. Too small. Won’t play.

He goes undrafted.

Eight years of hard/smart work later, TBL37 evolves from AHL/ECHL…

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