LW John Gaudreau - Boston College, HE (2011, 104th overall, Calgary)
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01-03-2013, 11:36 AM
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Is that how he looked against Canada? Every game I've watched (DVR'd that game for tonight) Gaudreau has been more of a 'right place, right time' kind of guy. He hasn't blown me away with his puck skills moreso just simply impressed me by knowing where to be to make the 'easy' play.
In fact, against the Czechs he had two fortunate bounces due to being in the right place, leading to virtually empty netters (still a good shot) and the third goal was an excellent cross ice feed from I believe Miller.
Also think Grimaldi gets unfair blame, he was puck hounding it very well before being benched.
He's not in the right place at the right time by accident. Knowing where to be to make the easy play is what defines great players.
Gaudreau has really good skills with the puck, to be sure, but his ability to disappear in coverage and then be exactly where he needs to be to finish the play is something you cannot teach.
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