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tfong 06-25-2011 11:47 AM

Calgary Flames Round 4 Pick #104 John Gaudreau
 
http://www.hockeysfuture.com/article...e_of_the_year/
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John Gaudreau named USHL Rookie of the Year
Written by: League Press Release on 04/25/2011 0digg

The United States Hockey League today announced that Dubuque Fighting Saints forward John Gaudreau has been selected as the 2010-11 USHL Rookie of the Year as determined by a vote of League coaches and general managers.

Also named to the USHL All-Rookie Team, Gaudreau was the second in the USHL during the regular season with 36 goals. He played in all 60 regular season games and helped the Saints finish first in the Western Conference standings. Despite entering the League standing just 5-6 and weighing 141 pounds, the 17-year-old quickly had a big impact in his first USHL season. He scored a goal on his first shot in his first USHL game on October 1st. Six games later, Gaudreau recorded a hat trick in the 4-1 victory against Youngstown, the first of two three-goal games he would register during the season.

The Carneys Point, New Jersey native was fourth overall in USHL scoring with 72 points (36g, 36a). He led the League with 15 power play goals and finished third with seven game-winning goals. His plus-21 rating was the ninth highest total in the USHL. Gaudreau was also efficient as he scored his 36 goals on 154 shots to post a League best .234 shooting percentage. At one point during the season, he compiled a seven-game point streak totaling 12 points in that span (8g, 4a). He also twice put together six-game point streaks and had two five-game point streaks.

"I join all the League's General Managers in congratulating John on one of the best rookie years we've seen in the USHL in quite a while," said USHL Commissioner Skip Prince. "He was a great player on one of the USHL's strongest teams. He may not be the biggest player on the ice - but as he's heard and will continue to hear throughout his career, no one plays a bigger game."

Gaudreau is committed to play collegiately hockey at Northeastern University following the conclusion of his USHL career. He has also caught the eye of NHL scouts as he was ranked 193rd among North American skaters when NHL Central Scouting released its final rankings of draft-eligible players in advance of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Other accolades for Gaudreau this season including twice being named CCM Offensive Player of the Week and being one of 44 players named to the midseason CCM USHL All-Star Teams.

Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its ninth season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2010-11. With over 250 players this season already committed to NCAA Division I schools and 18 NHL Entry Draft picks currently on League rosters, the USHL is the nation's foremost producer of junior hockey talent. For more information, visit us on the web at www.USHL.com.
Hmm USHL rookie of the year, but this guy is as short as 5'6. I wonder how he compared to Grimaldi. Very interesting pick here.


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#82 John GAUDREAU – LW – Dubuque USHL – 5’6″ 141lbs

I like to throw size out of the equation in a lot of instances and look at a player’s actual skill. But you’d have to think that Gaudreau is too light to play in the NHL. He’s a full 20lbs lighter than Grimaldi, and Rocco is a kid that people have always doubted because of his size. Gaudreau is not as talented as Grimaldi (though that’s not saying anything at all), but his skill is clearly up there with at least the prospects likely to go in the mid-1st and that’s why he made this list. You draft him hoping that he puts on at least the 20lbs he would need to be effective in the NHL, and if he does, you got an absolute steal in the later rounds of the draft. Upside is as an All Star-caliber scorer, but he’s a very risky pick anywhere before the 3rd round simply because of his weight.
Hes got mid 1st rounder offensive skill!!! I love how we're drafting skill now at least :D

Steven 06-25-2011 11:48 AM

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Originally Posted by tfong (Post 34069181)
http://www.hockeysfuture.com/article...e_of_the_year/


Hmm USHL rookie of the year, but this guy is as short as 5'6. I wonder how he compared to Grimaldi.

Not only is he just 5'6", but only 137lbs... wow...

tfong 06-25-2011 11:51 AM

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Originally Posted by Steven (Post 34069331)
Not only is he just 5'6", but only 137lbs... wow...

I'd rather we risk this instead of a safe 6'2 bozo that can't skate or do anything :D

If the kid can put on weight who knows? Hes just 17, adding 20-30 pounds in a few years is quite easy.

Steven 06-25-2011 11:53 AM

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Originally Posted by tfong (Post 34069735)
I'd rather we risk this instead of a safe 6'2 bozo that can't skate or do anything :D

If the kid can put on weight who knows? Hes just 17, adding 20-30 pounds in a few years is quite easy.

Oh I agree completely. Feaster has seriously impressed me with his picks.

Flames Fanatic 06-25-2011 11:55 AM

Not overly thrilled, but we'll see how it pans out. I'm willing to give this one some time and see if it pans out. If not, its a 4th round pick, it's worth the gamble.

DouglasQuaid 06-25-2011 11:56 AM

Fun fact, my 13 year old brother is both taller and heavier. :laugh:

tfong 06-25-2011 12:06 PM

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Originally Posted by DouglasQuaid (Post 34070545)
Fun fact, my 13 year old brother is both taller and heavier. :laugh:

He's NHL bound then :)

Phaneufed 06-25-2011 12:10 PM

WHY are we drafting so SMALL?

Steven 06-25-2011 12:12 PM

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Originally Posted by Phaneufed (Post 34072285)
WHY are we drafting so SMALL?

Feaster has probably drafted more skill today than Sutter did his entire tenure. If guys like Kane and St. Louis can flourish in the league, why can't this kid? If he puts on a couple pounds in the few years he sounds like he could be a huge steal.

Stewie Griffin 06-25-2011 12:13 PM

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Originally Posted by Phaneufed (Post 34072285)
WHY are we drafting so SMALL?

While cleaning out Sutter's office, Feaster found a dusty old memo about the "NEW NHL" and how it would be more of a speed / talent based game now. Must have fallen behind that old bookcase or something...

FLAMES666 06-25-2011 12:24 PM

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Originally Posted by Steven (Post 34072647)
If he puts on a couple pounds in the few years he sounds like he could be a huge steal.

By a couple you mean like 50-60 pounds

Steven 06-25-2011 12:33 PM

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Originally Posted by FLAMES666 (Post 34074101)
By a couple you mean like 50-60 pounds

Kane only weighs 175. Same as St. Louis. Claude Giroux is 172. Krejci just led all players in scoring in the playoffs and he's listed at 177. I'm not saying it isn't a stretch for this kid to make it one day, but we shouldn't discredit him because he's small. He should be able to put on 30-40 pounds if he works hard. And if he doesn't, and he never makes the NHL, at least we actually tried to pick a player with big potential. He's no Kris Chucko, that's for sure...

FLAMES666 06-25-2011 12:39 PM

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Originally Posted by Steven (Post 34075199)
Kane only weighs 175. Same as St. Louis. Claude Giroux is 172. Krejci just led all players in scoring in the playoffs and he's listed at 177. I'm not saying it isn't a stretch for this kid to make it one day, but we shouldn't discredit him because he's small. He should be able to put on 30-40 pounds if he works hard. And if he doesn't, and he never makes the NHL, at least we actually tried to pick a player with big potential. He's no Kris Chucko, that's for sure...

I do like the risk pick that it was I just would be really shocked to see him make the NHL. When your that small you really have to have a feisty never give up attitude so hopefully this kid has it.

Phaneufed 06-25-2011 12:43 PM

Not every small player has the potential to be a Kane or St. Louis

I Hate Chris Butler 06-25-2011 12:43 PM

He probably never makes the NHL.

Flames 1st pick 06-25-2011 12:53 PM

He makes Byron look like a giant.

Hard to imagine but hey dumbass Feaster at work anything possible....Iginla + 2012 pick for Andrew Coligano coming soon.

FlamesFan6612 06-25-2011 12:56 PM

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Originally Posted by I Hate Jay Feaster (Post 34076369)
He probably never makes the NHL.

Probably not, but think of his upside if he does.

I Hate Chris Butler 06-25-2011 01:00 PM

His upside will equate to a 15 goal, 40 point career high.

Flames Fanatic 06-25-2011 01:02 PM

Not quite sure what most of you seem to be expecting from a fourth round pick...

Steven 06-25-2011 01:04 PM

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Originally Posted by Flames Fanatic (Post 34078489)
Not quite sure what most of you seem to be expecting from a fourth round pick...

Boom-or-bust potential?

FLAMES666 06-25-2011 01:08 PM

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Originally Posted by Flames Fanatic (Post 34078489)
Not quite sure what most of you seem to be expecting from a fourth round pick...

40 goal, 100 point player!!!! **** you Feaster!

AfricanHerbsman 06-25-2011 02:32 PM

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Originally Posted by I Hate Jay Feaster (Post 34078235)
His upside will equate to a 15 goal, 40 point career high.

love your positivity

WhereIsIt 06-25-2011 03:00 PM

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Originally Posted by FLAMES666 (Post 34079073)
40 goal, 100 point player!!!! **** you Feaster!

hahaha

Feaster is such a bum, can't believe he didn't find a first line center to play with Iggy in the the 4th round.

SmellOfVictory 06-25-2011 06:44 PM

I'm praying for a late-puberty growth spurt of 3-4 inches. Haha. Nothing wrong with smaller players, but a little size still tends to help.

Backlund 06-25-2011 06:48 PM

5'6" :facepalm:

I'm taller than him and I'm 15. Why are we drafting so small this year.


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