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#20 Gleason Fournier
Pos: Defense
D.O.B.: 9/8/91
From: St Fabien, PQ.
Height: 6'
Weight: 184
Shoots: Left
Drafted: 2009 draft 3rd rnd 90th overall by Detroit (NHL)
Acquired: Signed to 3-yr contract by Detroit (NHL) 11/29/10
Plus: An elite level skater in terms of speed, agility, acceleration and balance... Rushes the puck up ice well...
Minus: Undersized... Can be rushed into bad decisions in his own end... Needs to work harder and compete more...
Organizational Comments: Red Wings GM Ken Holland: "Very impressed with his skill level, He's a great skater. He's learned to play better defensively. He played about 30 minutes a night. He's one of those guys who can skate all night and day because he never needs to come off the ice."
What GRC says: 2012-13: Played well enough in the second half to nail down the sixth spot on the blueline going into the playoffs. He held his own in the first round before coming out when Lashoff came back. Time is running out for the former junior scoring ace to establish his offensive game, and he will have a difficult time staying high enough on the depth chart to stay out of the ECHL next season.
2011-12: Fournier saw spot duty down the stretch, subbing for injured players and recalls between stints in the ECHL. The smooth skating blueliner was not an impact player, but looked good at times. His propensity for bad penalties cost him more playing time as he adjusted to the speed of the AHL while still recovering from off-season shoulder surgery. He should challenge for a spot on the Griffins backend next season especially if he can quarterback the stagnant powerplay. Fall 2011: An offensive defenseman with elite wheels, Fournier will have a lot of work ahead of him to learn how to play defense. He can move around the ice like Paul Coffey and should be an ace on the powerplay if he plays in GR this season. Fournier is currently recovering from shoulder surgery.
Role: Offensive Defenseman
Projection: NHL Powerplay Specialist


11/29/10 Signed to 3-yr contract by Detroit (NHL)
9/27/11 Assigned by Detroit (NHL)
10/5/11 Assigned to Toledo (ECHL)
11/17/11 Recalled from Toledo (ECHL)
11/22/11 Assigned to Toledo (ECHL)
11/26/11 Recalled from Toledo (ECHL)
11/28/11 Assigned to Toledo (ECHL)
3/1/12 Recalled from Toledo (ECHL)
3/27/12 Assigned to Toledo (ECHL)
4/1/12 Recalled from Toledo (ECHL)
9/14/12 Assigned by Detroit (NHL)