LW John Gaudreau - Boston College, HE (2011, 104th overall, Calgary)
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11-24-2012, 10:39 PM
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No they aren't. I can see it being debatable, but Gaudreau in terms of pure talent is right there with Baertschi if not better. The biggest difference between the pair is Baertschi at this point appears he will be at worst a 2nd line winger. With Gaudreau he will still have to see how his size plays an impact, so his downside is possibly not being an NHLer.
Gaudreau has also shown a clutch ability to score that Baertschi hasn't shown. Gaudreau has more game winning goals this year for Boston College in 11 games than Baertschi had all of last season. Gaudreau has also won a league championship in each of his past 2 years being the MVP for both teams and looks to be on track to do it again. Sven was never able to lead a stacked Portland team to a league Championship in 2 tries in the WHL championship series.
Clutch ability to score? Baertschi lead the playoffs in scoring.
After seeing both players on the same ice surface, it really wasnt even close to me. They have similar talent, but Baertschi just does it easier. He oozed talent and explosiveness that Gaudreau just didn't.
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