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Brian Gionta  #12

Buffalo Sabres  Right Wing
NUMBER: 12 BIRTHDATE: January 18, 1979  (AGE 35)
HEIGHT: 5' 7" BIRTHPLACE: Rochester, NY, United States
WEIGHT: 176 DRAFTED: NJD / 1998 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Right ROUND: 3rd   (82nd overall)

Totaled 2 points (1-1-2) and a +2 differential on Oct. 24 vs. ANA… Recorded 2 assists and a +2 differential on Nov. 29 at WSH… Compiled 2 points (1-1-2) and a +2 differential on Dec. 4 at NJD… Produced 1 goal, 5 shots and a +2 differential on Jan. 4 vs. OTT… Tallied the winning goal on Jan. 6 vs. FLA… Harvested 1 goal, 2 shots and 2 hits on Jan. 18 at TOR… Produced 6 shots on Nov. 12 vs. TBL and on Jan. 24 at DET… Scored a goal on 6 shots on Feb. 26 vs. DET… Recorded 2 points (1-1-2) and a +3 differential on March 15 vs. OTT… Obtained 2 points (1-1-2) on March 22 at TOR… Played 7:13 on the penalty kill and blocked 4 shots on March 24 at BOS… Produced 2 goals (including the game winner) and a +2 differential on April 5 vs. DET… Led the team in April with 2 winning goals… Was the 2013-14 Jacques Beauchamp-Molson Trophy recipient… Recorded 2 points (1-1-2) on April 16 at TBL… Played his 100th career playoffs game on May 1 at BOS…

MTJHL Player of the Year (1997) Hockey East Rookie of the Year (1998) Hockey East Second All-Star Team (1998) NCAA East Second All-American Team (1998) WJC-A All-Star Team (1999) Hockey East First All-Star Team (1999, 2000, 2001) NCAA East First All-American Team (1999, 2000, 2001) Hockey East Player of the Year (2001) Signed as a free agent by Montreal, July 1, 2009. Missed majority of 2011-12 due to arm injury vs. St. Louis, January 10, 2012.
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We want to make sure that whoever makes our team really makes our team by earning it and not putting them in situations where they get preference because of their status as a first-round pick or whatever it might be. That's not going to happen. Everybody has to earn their way on our team.

— Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen on the team's prospects at development camp