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

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03-17-2012, 10:59 PM
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I agree, I was more wondering what his opinion was on leaving early for the ahl.
i have no idea but i could see him being a guy who stuck around for all four years.

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03-17-2012, 11:39 PM
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i have no idea but i could see him being a guy who stuck around for all four years.
I think he should do that. It would be better for development and would also give him plenty of time to grow. The Flames should be in no rush to develop Gaudreau.

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03-18-2012, 12:07 AM
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I think he should do that. It would be better for development and would also give him plenty of time to grow. The Flames should be in no rush to develop Gaudreau.
would certainly give him time to put some weight on in those world class facilities they have

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i have no idea but i could see him being a guy who stuck around for all four years.
Yeah I don't see him leaving early. The Flames don't typically rush players either so I think they'll be content for him to stay at BC.

When this post was first made I thought it was ridiculously optimistic, but now I'm beginning to wonder. Gaudreau has had the kind of year you don't see from rookies in top college programs.

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Having seen Gaudreau and Pat Kane play at the same level and at the same age, their skills match up pretty closely.

If Gaudreau was born a month later, he would be in the 2012 draft, and undoubtedly be mentioned as a potential first rounder. Hes that skilled. When on the ice against Kenny Agostino, I didnt even think it was that close as far as skills, Gaudreau was better.

Hes basically a 17/18 year old in a 15 year olds body. Which makes what he does even more amazing because hes playing against guys that have grown much more then him.

He will definitely turn heads, and is a lot of fun to watch.
Kane is basically an average sized male- just small by NHL standards. This kid is small even by normal standards for a guy his age.

I mean there's a chance if he really is that skilled but I can't see him becoming a bottom sixer with his size. I guess we'll see. Steal of the draft? A little early to say.

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03-18-2012, 07:43 PM
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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?
I hope he stays for the 4 years, I think the lighter schedule that allows more work out time to add size would be ideal

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03-18-2012, 08:01 PM
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he'll be fine, hes gonna fly by all the guys on the ice... hes to fast and to small for a guy like chara to hit i like him i think he was a great pick for the flames

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he'll be fine, hes gonna fly by all the guys on the ice... hes to fast and to small for a guy like chara to hit i like him i think he was a great pick for the flames
just like MaxPax.

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I hope he stays for the 4 years, I think the lighter schedule that allows more work out time to add size would be ideal
I would be shocked if he were not a 3-4 year player in college

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03-19-2012, 01:35 AM
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I would be shocked if he were not a 3-4 year player in college
so would I and his work ethic sounds like its there, so I think its possible for him to be small but have excellent lower body strength like crosby does when he leaves college. Gaudreau is definitely a project, I am thinking 4 years of college and 2 years in the AHL before getting his chance in the NHL, you know assuming he makes it. If he is an NHLer in 6 years or less I will be shocked, then again if he can score like he has the 2nd half of his freshman season next year he may shock us all and turn pro.

I am now a big NCAA follower, but how often to 50+ point players come along?

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just like MaxPax.
Do you imagine it's easier for a 7 foot man like chara to get leverage and position on skates against a guy who's 6"2 or a guy who's 5"8?

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Do you imagine it's easier for a 7 foot man like chara to get leverage and position on skates against a guy who's 6"2 or a guy who's 5"8?
Forget positioning, just pick the kid up by the scruff of his neck.

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lol

Every year there's this player(s) who's labeled as "most skilled" in his draft but is either really small, has a terrible record with injuries or both. 9 times out of 10 NHL fans don't hear from these guys again.
Exactly.

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03-19-2012, 05:03 AM
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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!
Thats a great resume for an 18 year old kid,I just watched a clip of last game and WOW, he doesn't small out there at all,if anything he looks like a man among boys, he made a lot of defenders look very stupid.

And he's an 18 year old freshman...scary.

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03-19-2012, 06:39 AM
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Having watched him, he is an extremely skilled player. He also goes into traffic areas, hunts down pucks, and plays with possession. He has a great chance to be a top 6 NHL forward.

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He doesn't look as noticeable small out there as he used to. It used to be "that really small kid out there has a ton of skill." now watching him this year, he's blending in as far as size with the rest of the players. He's definitely grown over the last year.

That being said, genetics aren't on his side. He's going to play most of his life at 5'8" 165 lbs. Not big, but there's a handful of successful pros that have played at that size.

Also, I can't see him playing more then 2 years in college. Next year, barring injury, he will be on the US WJC team, and likely rip up Hockey East. With that progression, he should be an AHL player at 20-21.

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03-19-2012, 10:18 AM
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lol

Every year there's this player(s) who's labeled as "most skilled" in his draft but is either really small, has a terrible record with injuries or both. 9 times out of 10 NHL fans don't hear from these guys again.
A point in Gaudreau's favour is that he's doing it in college rather than major junior. A group of 18-24 year olds is going to be more physically similar to the average NHLer than a group of 16-21 year olds.

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I haven't seen him play alot but what I have seen he reminds me of David Desharnais. Small guy with a ton of skill and the drive to win.

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Kid just scored goal of the year in the championship game. He looks like he's 12 years old, but he oozes so much skill.

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Flames fans will take whatever solace we can get right now.

http://www.sportsgrid.com/espn/bosto...rilliant-goal/

Unreal. Completely shrugs off the 2 defenders on him.

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Since he adjusted to the speed and the level of competition in the NCAA, Gaudreau has been absolutely insane. 29 points in his last 21 games.

Also, he must have had a growth spurt. In that highlight clip, he doesn't look small at all (unless the two defenders were 5-6).

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Just sick.

He's going to be a real good player in the NHL. Count on it.

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Kid just scored goal of the year in the championship game. He looks like he's 12 years old, but he oozes so much skill.
That goal made me stand up and yell at my TV. It was pure sexy.

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Since he adjusted to the speed and the level of competition in the NCAA, Gaudreau has been absolutely insane. 29 points in his last 21 games.

Also, he must have had a growth spurt. In that highlight clip, he doesn't look small at all (unless the two defenders were 5-6).
He is said to be 5'8 now and the Ferris State defenders are on the smallish side, I believe most fall between 5'8 and 5'10

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Boston College seems like a great place for a smaller forward to develop his game. Unreal goal last night. He had a seeing eye pass in the semi-final game that I don't think any more than a dozen or two NHL players could have made. Looks like a winner but I'm kind of thinking he's too small to be a center in the NHL--might be better off on the wing.

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