Gilbert in 2009.
January 10, 1983 |
Bloomington, MN, USA
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight||206 lb (93 kg; 14 st 10 lb)|
|National team||United States|
|NHL Draft||129th overall, 2002
Thomas Kelly Gilbert (born January 10, 1983) is an American ice hockey defenseman currently with the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League. He has previously played for the Edmonton Oilers and Minnesota Wild.
Gilbert played his high school hockey for Minnesota powerhouse Bloomington Jefferson and was the captain his senior year (2001). That same year he switched to forward from defense, which he played as a sophomore and junior. He responded by scoring 4 goals in his first game at forward against a strong Hill-Murray team.
Known by most scouts for his two-way ability in both ends of the ice,[according to whom?] He was drafted in the fifth round, 129th overall in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft by the Colorado Avalanche. He was traded to the Oilers on March 9, 2004, in exchange for struggling goaltender Tommy Salo and a sixth-round pick in the 2005 draft.
Gilbert played junior hockey with the Chicago Steel of the USHL. He made his debut at the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2002. In the 2005–06 season, he ranked third on the team in points, and also scored the winning goal in the NCAA championship game against Boston College.
Due to injuries, he was recalled in January 2007, and made his NHL debut on his 24th birthday in San Jose. Gilbert scored his first NHL goal on February 20, 2007, against Ottawa Senators netminder Martin Gerber in the final seconds of the game to send it to overtime.
On March 4, 2008, Gilbert surpassed Paul Coffey and Marc-André Bergeron for the Oilers' franchise record for most goals scored by a rookie defenceman with his 10th goal on the power play against the Nashville Predators goalie Dan Ellis. On April 11, 2008, Gilbert signed a 6-year, $24 million contract extension with the Oilers.
At the NHL trade deadline of the 2011–12 season, on February 27, 2012, Gilbert was traded by the Oilers to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for Nick Schultz. Gilbert finished to season to contribute 5 assists in 20 games.
After the lockout-shortened 2012–13 season, with the Wild experiencing cap constraints, Gilbert was used as compliance buyout of the remaining two-year of his contract, to be released as a free agent on July 3, 2013.
Regular season and playoffs
|2002–03||University of Wisconsin–Madison||WCHA||39||7||13||20||36||—||—||—||—||—|
|2003–04||University of Wisconsin–Madison||WCHA||39||6||15||21||36||—||—||—||—||—|
|2004–05||University of Wisconsin–Madison||WCHA||41||8||9||17||48||—||—||—||—||—|
|2005–06||University of Wisconsin–Madison||WCHA||41||11||19||30||28||—||—||—||—||—|
|Senior Int'l Totals||7||1||3||4||0|