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11-14-2012, 10:11 AM
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Originally Posted by superhakan View Post
I completely agree that Flames fans need to cool their expectations for this guy and I am a flames fan who owns a "Gaudreauby Baker" shirt.

He is a nice prospect with very good offensive skill.

Players his size are rarely successful in the NHL, those that are are the exception not the rule

If people are patient with him does he have a decent chance at being an NHLer? Yes

Is he one of the best prospects in the world? Not a chance

If Johnny Gaudreau becomes an above average second liner in the NHL, flames fans should rejoice. Excellent use of a 4th round pick.

One thing I will state is there is a massive difference between undersized players that accomplish what Johnny is at a freshman level, than those who do it later in their college careers. Gaudreau is following a Gerbe type career arc and that is an encouraging sign.
Good summary, you're right. I do think that Johnny does have that high end clip that guys like Gerbe didn't even at the college level. Time will tell though.

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