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C Brendan Gaunce (2012, 26th, VAN)

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12-04-2011, 09:15 PM
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C Brendan Gaunce (2012, 26th, VAN)

What's this kid's offensive upside?

He seems to be exactly the type of prospect the Sabres need in their system. A big center with a lot of character, a high motor, and some good two-way play...surely his offensive game has got to have some kind of upside or he wouldn't be a first round projection, no?

Can you tell me about his offensive game a little? Can be be a 30 goal guy, or is maxing out at ~20 more likely?

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12-04-2011, 10:23 PM
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What's this kid's offensive upside?

He seems to be exactly the type of prospect the Sabres need in their system. A big center with a lot of character, a high motor, and some good two-way play...surely his offensive game has got to have some kind of upside or he wouldn't be a first round projection, no?

Can you tell me about his offensive game a little? Can be be a 30 goal guy, or is maxing out at ~20 more likely?
IMO, this kid's potential is sky high. When it's all said and done, he could go as high as top 5 at the NHL draft. He can pass, he can score, he can hit, he can fight, he can do everything. I would say that he's the best forward prospect after Yakupov, Grigorenko and Forsberg.

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What's this kid's offensive upside?

He seems to be exactly the type of prospect the Sabres need in their system. A big center with a lot of character, a high motor, and some good two-way play...surely his offensive game has got to have some kind of upside or he wouldn't be a first round projection, no?

Can you tell me about his offensive game a little? Can be be a 30 goal guy, or is maxing out at ~20 more likely?

The Habs and the Sabres are so similar, almost the exact same needs and players! Habs fans are very interested about Gaunce too, a big center with character and skills. Would Backes be a good comparable in terms of potential and style of play?

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An ideal draft for the Oilers would be him + one of the many defenseman available.

Reminds me of Mark McNeil.

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How does he compare to Boone Jenner?

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Could become a poor man's Ryan Getzlaf. Getzlaf didn't put up huge numbers back in the WHL with the Hitmen.

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IMO, this kid's potential is sky high. When it's all said and done, he could go as high as top 5 at the NHL draft. He can pass, he can score, he can hit, he can fight, he can do everything. I would say that he's the best forward prospect after Yakupov, Grigorenko and Forsberg.
Yeah.....no.

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12-05-2011, 03:58 AM
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Has an NHL ready shot already and uses his size really well in the offensive zone. Pretty good vision of the offensive zone. The area he has to improve more in, and has done so, but still needs work in it, is his skating.

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What's this kid's offensive upside?

He seems to be exactly the type of prospect the Sabres need in their system. A big center with a lot of character, a high motor, and some good two-way play...surely his offensive game has got to have some kind of upside or he wouldn't be a first round projection, no?

Can you tell me about his offensive game a little? Can be be a 30 goal guy, or is maxing out at ~20 more likely?
His skating is still suspect, fine for the OHL, but not NHL caliber. I would think maybe he could top out around 20, but sometimes players just have that knack, and he may be one. Its hard for me to judge because anytime I've seen him in Ottawa he has been fairly invisible. No doubt he is starting to put up good numbers though. At one time he was on pace for about 25 goals, but now a 40 goal season looks possible.

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Yeah.....no.
Then who is better than him? Girgensons? Collberg? Aberg? The only one who might be better than him that I've forgot is Galchenyuk, but even then, Gaunce has all the rest of the season to prove he could be better. He's last week's OHL player of the week. 5g 1 a for 6 pts in 3 games. Not bad offensively.

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IMO, this kid's potential is sky high. When it's all said and done, he could go as high as top 5 at the NHL draft. He can pass, he can score, he can hit, he can fight, he can do everything. I would say that he's the best forward prospect after Yakupov, Grigorenko and Forsberg.
Can you take this guy serious after saying he might go top 5 after it's all said and done.
I might see him getting draft from mid to the end of the 1st. Also how can you exclude Alex Galchenyuk fromt he top 5 and include Gaunce. By the way the pro are predicting that Gaunce should get snab from 7th to arround 22nd. Like you can notice it's a bit too hard to predict where a player will get snab.

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Btw, for those who dont know hockeyprospect will release a book on Brendan draft year in the spring of 2012

http://hockeyprospect.com/index.php/...an-gaunce.html

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Btw, for those who dont know hockeyprospect will release a book on Brendan draft year in the spring of 2012

http://hockeyprospect.com/index.php/...an-gaunce.html
Gaunce is a player whose game I have always liked when I have seen him playing, and obviously he is playing very well in the OHL.

By the way, I am very likely going to buy that book on Gaunce. CanŽt wait untill IŽll get it!

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Gaunce's game isn't all the different from Ryan Johanson, except I'd call RJ the better playmaker and Gaunce more of a goalscorer. I also think RJ would be a better skater but Gaunce looks to have a bit more bulk. I think Gaunce will be that guy on draft day who someone really likes and ends up going top 5-10.

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Can you take this guy serious after saying he might go top 5 after it's all said and done.
I might see him getting draft from mid to the end of the 1st. Also how can you exclude Alex Galchenyuk fromt he top 5 and include Gaunce. By the way the pro are predicting that Gaunce should get snab from 7th to arround 22nd. Like you can notice it's a bit too hard to predict where a player will get snab.
If my team has a top 5 pick, there's no way I want them to take a player who has missed his entire 17 year old season with an injury, no matter how good he was at 16. I'd rather have Gaunce than Galchenyuk at this point. Just my two cents.

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Can you take this guy serious after saying he might go top 5 after it's all said and done.
I might see him getting draft from mid to the end of the 1st. Also how can you exclude Alex Galchenyuk fromt he top 5 and include Gaunce. By the way the pro are predicting that Gaunce should get snab from 7th to arround 22nd. Like you can notice it's a bit too hard to predict where a player will get snab.
Everybody has their opinion on these boards. There's no need to be arrogant here. TBH, I had Gaunce going top 15 in August. Be honest, did you think that Mark Scheifele woulg as high as 7th overall at last year's draft? No. Gaunce seems to be that kind of player. As for Galchenyuk, I've already explain myself on an earlier post.

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Has an NHL ready shot already and uses his size really well in the offensive zone. Pretty good vision of the offensive zone. The area he has to improve more in, and has done so, but still needs work in it, is his skating.
Agree. It's not really so much just his skating, but more so his ability to handle the puck at a higher speed too. He's not one of those effortless skaters, and it seems to effect his offensive game at times. He can fumble passes or lose control of the puck when things are unfolding a bit too fast.

But when the game slows down and he's able to get possession of the puck in the offensive end, he can really go to work and is a very complete offensive player. Big shot, like you said. But also seems to read and react to plays well and does a great job of using that size to get his teammates opportunities to score.

I think he has a ton of potential. But he's also got a relatively low complete bust factor. I could easily see him developing into a 30-30 guy at the next level...or a hard working third line center who chips in a 15-20 line every year.

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Gaunce's game isn't all the different from Ryan Johanson, except I'd call RJ the better playmaker and Gaunce more of a goalscorer. I also think RJ would be a better skater but Gaunce looks to have a bit more bulk. I think Gaunce will be that guy on draft day who someone really likes and ends up going top 5-10.
Agreed with your post. That's what I was thinking when I wrote that he could end up being a top 5 selection. Because after Grigorenko, Yakupov and Forsberg are gone, teams that need forwards might take a chance on Gaunce. I think he'll finish the year in the OHL with a similar production as Johansen and Scheifele did back on their draft year.

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Just needs to improve his skating. All other facets of his game are in place.

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IMO, this kid's potential is sky high. When it's all said and done, he could go as high as top 5 at the NHL draft. He can pass, he can score, he can hit, he can fight, he can do everything. I would say that he's the best forward prospect after Yakupov, Grigorenko and Forsberg.

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3Forsberg,FilipRW8/13/1994R*6.02181LeksandsSweAl
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If my team has a top 5 pick, there's no way I want them to take a player who has missed his entire 17 year old season with an injury, no matter how good he was at 16. I'd rather have Gaunce than Galchenyuk at this point. Just my two cents.
I really hope Timmins disagrees with you if he's on the table and Grigorenko/Yakupov are gone.

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When and Where do you think he will go?

I hope he goes #7th overall to the

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When and Where do you think he will go?

I hope he goes #7th overall to the
Thats if Grigorenko, Galchenyuk and Faksa have not already been taken. he has pottential, needs to improve skating. Could end up being a good #2 C / eric cole or a david steckle

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Thats if Grigorenko, Galchenyuk and Faksa have not already been taken. he has pottential, needs to improve skating. Could end up being a good #2 C / eric cole or a david steckle

Faksa not necessarily > Gaunce though

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When and Where do you think he will go?

I hope he goes #7th overall to the
I would use a top 7 pick to pick a potential 2 C

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