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LW John Gaudreau - Boston College, HE (2011, 104th overall, Calgary)

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02-12-2012, 07:50 PM
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Last year his line in Dubuque was down right scary. Zemgus Girgensons at center with Gaudreau and Vinny Saponari on the wings. One of the most complete forward lines I have ever seen in the USHL.

The big red head in the picture is Luke Curadi.......he is now at RPI.
Not sure why but the first thing I thought of when I saw that picture was "That big red head is probably a great student"

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The only thing holding him back is size, if he hits a growth spurt he could turn out to be a steal.

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02-13-2012, 02:25 AM
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The only thing holding him back is size, if he hits a growth spurt he could turn out to be a steal.
Nothing is currently holding him back, he has been the most impressive freshmen in all of hockey east.

But I get what you are saying, size will be the one thing that could potentially hold him back in the future for sure.

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02-13-2012, 12:04 PM
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Nothing is currently holding him back, he has been the most impressive freshmen in all of hockey east.

But I get what you are saying, size will be the one thing that could potentially hold him back in the future for sure.
Flames will probably take it real slow with him. Let him rip up the College level, hopefully gain a little height and weight and learn how to play with some more physically mature players, then some AHL time.

Give him lots of time to learn how to play against players that could pick him and fling him with one hand.

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Flames will probably take it real slow with him. Let him rip up the College level, hopefully gain a little height and weight and learn how to play with some more physically mature players, then some AHL time.

Give him lots of time to learn how to play against players that could pick him and fling him with one hand.
The college guys typically play out their college careers, so Gaudreau has a few years left - 2-3 more years of college and as you said at least one year in the AHL.

So far he looks like he was a solid pick, but it's far too early to tell how his skills might translate to the NHL.

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02-13-2012, 12:27 PM
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What are the rules regarding NCAA players and NHL camps? Are we going to potentially get a chance to watch Gauds play in the development camp/preseason this year?

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02-13-2012, 01:10 PM
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What are the rules regarding NCAA players and NHL camps? Are we going to potentially get a chance to watch Gauds play in the development camp/preseason this year?
they can attend but have to pay their own way, Development camps are fine but most NHL training camps interfere with the college schedule.

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they can attend but have to pay their own way, Development camps are fine but most NHL training camps interfere with the college schedule.
Thanks. That sucks, though. Really hate how draconian some of the NCAA rules are.

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Jeez, I hope I can see him at camp soon

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Yeah but his mother is around 6'5".
Damn..can you imagine how it went down?

This guy is very talented and makes fools of the bigger guys on other teams, hopefully once he hits 23-24 he can be something like St.Louis.

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02-14-2012, 10:08 AM
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Gaudreau was awarded tournament MVP of the Beanpot. This guy is unreal. I have no doubt he will make the show (barring injury). As for all the talk of size, he definitely looks bigger out there (to my unscientific eye watching a couple of BC games).

I'm willing to say he will be the best offensive player on the US WJC team next year. I like his offensive instincts more than Grimaldi's -- who is an absolute sensation himself.


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02-14-2012, 10:13 AM
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Gaudreau was awarded tournament MVP of the Beanpot. This guy is unreal. I have no doubt he will make the show (barring injury). As for all the talk of size, he definitely looks bigger out there (my unscientific eye watching a couple of BC games).

I'm willing to say he will be the best player on the US WJC team next year. I like his offensive instincts more than Grimaldi's -- who is a absolute sensation himself.
Didn't Arnold also pot the game-winner in that tourney?

Flames have some decent U.S. college prospects in Arnold, Gaudreau and Ramage. They're just going to have to wait a bit on them.

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02-14-2012, 10:20 AM
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Didn't Arnold also pot the game-winner in that tourney?

Flames have some decent U.S. college prospects in Arnold, Gaudreau and Ramage. They're just going to have to wait a bit on them.
Yes, Arnold got the winner in OT on a beautiful top shelf shot. It's interesting how guys develop in college. Arnold has surpassed my expectations in development and I think he will be a high-end 3rd line center for the Flames. Gaudreau is an offensive prodigy and it looks like BC was the right choice for him. Kreider hasn't developed as I thought he would but I think he is one of those guys that will moderately produce regardless of hockey level. On the other side, I don't really like the development of the BU guys - Clendening and Nieto, although Nieto has been good for most of the year.

Anyway, this thread is about Gaudreau, so let's stay on topic.

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02-14-2012, 01:44 PM
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Kreider hasn't developed as I thought he would but I think he is one of those guys that will moderately produce regardless of hockey level.

Anyway, this thread is about Gaudreau, so let's stay on topic.
Lol, you make a crazy statement about another player then caution to stay on topic? . Not sure how anyone couldn't be happy with how much better kreider has gotten, unless they're only a stat watcher.

Kreider's gone from looking lost at times as a freshman to the best player on the ice, and he's going to be a very good NHLer. He's a rare type that will be a better pro than college player

As for Gradreau, I've been saying he's filthy since the first game I saw him play. Oozing skill. Size may be an issue but if he gains 15 pounds I see him being an NHLer one day

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02-14-2012, 04:36 PM
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Lol, you make a crazy statement about another player then caution to stay on topic? . Not sure how anyone couldn't be happy with how much better kreider has gotten, unless they're only a stat watcher.

Kreider's gone from looking lost at times as a freshman to the best player on the ice, and he's going to be a very good NHLer. He's a rare type that will be a better pro than college player

As for Gradreau, I've been saying he's filthy since the first game I saw him play. Oozing skill. Size may be an issue but if he gains 15 pounds I see him being an NHLer one day
You're right. As for Krieder, I like him a lot. What I bolded is what I was trying to say about him producing at any level. I wasn't very articulate in my response. But let's stay on topic.

I love Gaudreau's game. USA Hockey doesn't typically produce guys like this so I'm hopeful for the kid.

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02-15-2012, 10:58 AM
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Yes, Arnold got the winner in OT on a beautiful top shelf shot. It's interesting how guys develop in college. Arnold has surpassed my expectations in development and I think he will be a high-end 3rd line center for the Flames. Gaudreau is an offensive prodigy and it looks like BC was the right choice for him. Kreider hasn't developed as I thought he would but I think he is one of those guys that will moderately produce regardless of hockey level. On the other side, I don't really like the development of the BU guys - Clendening and Nieto, although Nieto has been good for most of the year.

Anyway, this thread is about Gaudreau, so let's stay on topic.
I honestly think Clendening and Nieto (both second round picks) are doing quite well now and developmentally.You have to remember that there are a good deal of experienced overagers in college as well, and on top of that the talent pipeline is being distributed pretty evenly. We all can't be Paul Kariya.

As for Gaudreau, the cat is out of the bag. I think we've seen the very last morsel of teams underrating him due to appearance. For the rest of the season, and more so next year, he'll be under a microscope and he'll have to respond accordingly (I know Northeastern is going to be after him for the rest of his collegiate career). Gaudreau certainly has the skill set and IQ but he'll need to toughen up over the offseason. He's an exciting player to watch and I'm glad I can be here for the ride.

On a side note, I don't think he should have been awarded the Beanpot MVP. I feel like Bill Arnold or Brian Dumoulin should have won the award instead.

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03-10-2012, 10:36 PM
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After BC's win over Massachusetts tonight, Gaudreau has 35 points in 38 games, good for third on the team and just three back of the team's leading scorer Chris Kreider. It seems like he really got his feet settled towards the end of January, potting 20 points in the last 15 games. He has played extremley well for a freshmen and is also one of the younger players in his draft.

On the Eagles website, Gaudreau is listed at 5-7/150, while at the draft I remember he was 5-6/~140. I'm not sure if he has grown, or if BC just upped his numbers. Guys can grow up up until they are 21, so if Gaudreau has a late growth spurt, it should really help his chances of being able to translate his game to the pro ranks.

That being said, I'm very impressed with what he has done so far.

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After BC's win over Massachusetts tonight, Gaudreau has 35 points in 38 games, good for third on the team and just three back of the team's leading scorer Chris Kreider. It seems like he really got his feet settled towards the end of January, potting 20 points in the last 15 games. He has played extremley well for a freshmen and is also one of the younger players in his draft.

On the Eagles website, Gaudreau is listed at 5-7/150, while at the draft I remember he was 5-6/~140. I'm not sure if he has grown, or if BC just upped his numbers. Guys can grow up up until they are 21, so if Gaudreau has a late growth spurt, it should really help his chances of being able to translate his game to the pro ranks.

That being said, I'm very impressed with what he has done so far.
also with the lighter playing schedule in NCAA Gaudreau should have more time to spend in the weight room adding a bit of bulk to his frame. I am looking forward to his progression over the next few seasons at BC

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Gaudreau is the H-East Championship MVP as he leads Boston College to a 4-1 victory over Maine with two goals and an assist.

He finishes second in scoring for Boston College behind only Chris Kreider. What a great rookie season for him especially when you think about the other two rookies in Wilson and Karlsson, who are 15 and 32 months older respectively. Some great accomplishments for someone so young.

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cant wait to see what he is going to do in the NCAA tourny. go eagles

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In the last month or so he has really turned it on I hope he continues to get better, gotta think at this point he is a lock of the world jr's for the americans.

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In the last month or so he has really turned it on I hope he continues to get better, gotta think at this point he is a lock of the world jr's for the americans.
He sure has

Last 13 Games Played
10 Goals
11 Assists
21 Points
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Including:
Beanpot MVP
Hockey East Tournament MVP (Only the fifth freshmen to ever win the award)
2012 Hockey East All-Tournament Team
Hockey East 2012 ALL-ROOKIE TEAM

Good Stuff Johnny!

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He sure has

Last 13 Games Played
10 Goals
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Including:
Beanpot MVP
Hockey East Tournament MVP (Only the fifth freshmen to ever win the award)
2012 Hockey East All-Tournament Team
Hockey East 2012 ALL-ROOKIE TEAM

Good Stuff Johnny!
Holy **** I didn't realize we was that good lately. Has he committed to finishing his degree at Boston College for could he potentially leave early for the ahl?

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I doubt the Flames are in any rush to get him to the pros. He'll spending at the very least next season in Boston College.

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I doubt the Flames are in any rush to get him to the pros. He'll spending at the very least next season in Boston College.
I agree, I was more wondering what his opinion was on leaving early for the ahl.

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