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09-11-2012, 05:50 PM
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Weaknesses: Lack of goaltending depth.
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Would love a blue chip prospect here, but you have to give Gillis credit for turning the cupboard around. There's actually something to look forward to, even if most of those players in our top 20 will likely never even play a single game.

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I've watched a whole pile of Gaunce clips, and if he's going to establish himself as a goalscorer, it will be in the mold of Ryan Smyth and Thomas Holmstrom. Gritty goals from gritty areas of the ice. He is never going to be a finesse player. That's not who he is or how he plays. (I'm not insinuating you thought that btw)
Smyth and Holmstrom have weak shots. Gaunce has one of the best wrist shots in junior. His technique is flawless. He wont be a finesse player but he'll be a great two way center that can make plays and has good vision and he'll have the ability to score from the high slot, something Smyth and Homstrom can't do. I think your a bit off there.

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Smyth and Holmstrom have weak shots. Gaunce has one of the best wrist shots in junior. His technique is flawless. He wont be a finesse player but he'll be a great two way center that can make plays and has good vision and he'll have the ability to score from the high slot, something Smyth and Homstrom can't do. I think your a bit off there.
He basically seems like a lesser version of Kesler. Slower, not as good defensively, but still in that mold. Personally, is saw a bit of Mike Fisher in him.

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He basically seems like a lesser version of Kesler. Slower, not as good defensively, but still in that mold. Personally, is saw a bit of Mike Fisher in him.
Much, much better vision and passing though.

I'm going to get flamed, but I was thinking closer to lesser Linden than Kesler

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He basically seems like a lesser version of Kesler. Slower, not as good defensively, but still in that mold. Personally, is saw a bit of Mike Fisher in him.
Well Kesler improved drastically from the age of 21-24 at the age of 18 you could make the argument that Gaunce is more polished. Given his work ethic and his technique on his shot and skating, there's a lot of room for improvement, as was the case for Kesler. If you look at the players the Canucks have drafted over the last two years a lot of them have good mechanics and techniques. I think Gillis sees that players have more room for growth with that. If they have the character and work ethic. A lot can be improved.

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Smyth and Holmstrom have weak shots. Gaunce has one of the best wrist shots in junior. His technique is flawless. He wont be a finesse player but he'll be a great two way center that can make plays and has good vision and he'll have the ability to score from the high slot, something Smyth and Homstrom can't do. I think your a bit off there.
And in any case, this team has been dying to have someone big, strong, and gritty like Smyth or Holmstrom on it, crashing the crease, a force in the tough part of the rink. A Smyth or Holmstrom with better vision, shot, and passing, who is over 200 pounds at age 18 and already described as "hulking," who is known for his work ethic--that guy is going to be the fans' wet dream in a couple of years.

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And in any case, this team has been dying to have someone big, strong, and gritty like Smyth or Holmstrom on it, crashing the crease, a force in the tough part of the rink. A Smyth or Holmstrom with better vision, shot, and passing, who is over 200 pounds at age 18 and already described as "hulking," who is known for his work ethic--that guy is going to be the fans' wet dream in a couple of years.
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Speaking of getting younger and bigger . . . I see that Ludwig Blomstrand hasn't made it onto any of the Top-20 lists, probably because there's been almost zero information about him until a recent, promising blip broke the silence.

But a guy who is in the ballpark with Gaunce and Kassian in terms of height and weight, who is known as a fast skater with aggressive checking instincts, and a hard worker who has begun to pot some goals for his SEL team at a tender age . . . he might start climbing up the Top-20 lists as this coming season unfolds. Blomstrand, Gaunce, and Kassian could all bring somewhat different strengths to a very imposing line several years down the road.

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Speaking of getting younger and bigger . . . I see that Ludwig Blomstrand hasn't made it onto any of the Top-20 lists, probably because there's been almost zero information about him until a recent, promising blip broke the silence.

But a guy who is in the ballpark with Gaunce and Kassian in terms of height and weight, who is known as a fast skater with aggressive checking instincts, and a hard worker who has begun to pot some goals for his SEL team at a tender age . . . he might start climbing up the Top-20 lists as this coming season unfolds. Blomstrand, Gaunce, and Kassian could all bring somewhat different strengths to a very imposing line several years down the road.
His team was demoted last season so they're in the Allsvenskan. They played their first game today and despite playing well the whole pre-season and getting on the scoresheet multiple times, Blomstrand was benched. Not sure why, a few people on Twitter that follow the team were surprised too.

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Blomstrand might be hurt by the lock-out, since Djurgården will bring in players like Zibenejad, who will atke up roster spots.

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