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12-30-2012, 06:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Noori View Post
He plays on larger ice in the NCAA as well, no? I don't think we have to make excuses for Gaudreau. By no means does a handful of games imply that Gaudreau is a bust, but it's not unfair to assess his level of play thus far in the tournament as being rather poor.
I don't think so. From what I understand both the NCAA and NHL play on 200x85 ice surfaces. Although the NCAA recommends that every facility abides by this, it is not mandated like it is in the NHL.

It is fair to say his play/production has been underwhelming by his standards, but not awful or poor (especially in relation to the rest of the American forwards). He has created high scoring opportunities in every game he has played in and has been very unlucky to not have any points to this point.

Gaudreau is not a player that will dominate a game with speed or physicality. He is a cerebral player that flourishes in the offensive zone. To this point that is what he has shown.

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