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

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01-03-2013, 04:34 PM
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He's sick but I see him as a career AHL'er, should he choose the professional route. He's just too small.

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01-03-2013, 05:58 PM
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He's sick but I see him as a career AHL'er, should he choose the professional route. He's just too small.
He's 5'9". Tyler Ennis is the exact same size as him and he seems to be doing fine

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01-03-2013, 06:00 PM
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He's sick but I see him as a career AHL'er, should he choose the professional route. He's just too small.
As a Habs fan, he reminds me a lot of David Desharnais. They share many of the same qualities and faults. That being said, what enables Desharnais to be successful in the NHL that Gaudreau has yet to develop is lower body strength. You need to be able to buy yourself some time and space in the NHL to play the type of game that they both play. Agility goes a long way, but you still need to be able to spin/bounce off checks to buy yourself that extra second or two and let the play develop, and he has struggled in this aspect of the game in this tournament against players his own age. He has his work cut out for him, but it's not impossible.

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01-03-2013, 06:02 PM
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His hockey IQ is obviously very high. He may be one of the little guys that does succeed. I think saying his IQ is the highest since Leetch and Hull is a stretch. Is his IQ better than current stars like Parise, Kane, Statsny and Ryan Suter? Or what about past players like Doug Weight and Mike Modano?

Big shoes to fill that kind of statement.
Why not? Are you rejecting the claim because you find it hard to believe?

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Never meant to imply that and did say I was impressed by that aspect of him. I just find him less spectacular for his puck skills and more of an intelligent player. Which is usually a good thing too, players lauded for their puck skills tend to lack in the IQ area, whereas I see the opposite watching Gaudreau's offensive positioning.
Thanks for your posts. I find myself agreeing with you. I think his puck still are still above average (I know you didn't say they aren't.) and can have his moments where he mesmerizes his opponents.

All in all, I hope he finishes this U20 & NCAA season strong. He has a bright future ahead of him.

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Hes way to small for nhl. I bet you that he wont make it to the nhl.. people use other small nhl players for example but really how many of them are in the nhl??? a few.

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01-03-2013, 06:14 PM
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He's 5'9". Tyler Ennis is the exact same size as him and he seems to be doing fine
The odds are heavily against any player that size. For every player that makes it, 100 don't.

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The odds are heavily against any player that size. For every player that makes it, 100 don't.
none of those 100 have the talent of Gaudreau.

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01-03-2013, 06:16 PM
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Hes way to small for nhl. I bet you that he wont make it to the nhl.. people use other small nhl players for example but really how many of them are in the nhl??? a few.
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He's 19. He's young, and still growing into his frame. He will put on muscle mass. Yes, it is more difficult for smaller players to make the NHL, but it's not impossible. Where Johnny lacks for size, he more than makes up for in Hockey IQ and skill.

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He's 5'9". Tyler Ennis is the exact same size as him and he seems to be doing fine
He's not 5'9". The Flames website lists him as 5'6", HF lists him at 5'7", and BC/IIHF list him at 5'8". I'd say he's 5'7" at the most.

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He's not 5'9". The Flames website lists him as 5'6", HF lists him at 5'7", and BC/IIHF list him at 5'8". I'd say he's 5'7" at the most.
I think he's 5'7 too. maybe 5'7 1/2. I highly doubt he's 5'9 seeing him out there... Though, you'd think BC would have the most accurate/up to date measurements?

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He's awesome, he really reminds me of Ennis a lot with a better shot. So fun to watch him play.

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Hes way to small for nhl. I bet you that he wont make it to the nhl.. people use other small nhl players for example but really how many of them are in the nhl??? a few.
The days of big oafs being the mainstay in the NHL are gone. It is a skill game now, that is why Gaudreau will be a steal pick while Tyler Biggs will be a big bust.

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The days of big oafs being the mainstay in the NHL are gone. It is a skill game now, that is why Gaudreau will be a steal pick while Tyler Biggs will be a big bust.
It's possible, but defensemen are still massive and mean, and unless Gaudreau hits a growth spurt, he's going to have some problems adjusting. Let's not forget that almost every short guy in the league is an absolute tank physically. Gaudreau is not only short but frail. He'll have to do a lot of work.

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He's 5'9". Tyler Ennis is the exact same size as him and he seems to be doing fine
I find this very hard to believe.

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It's possible, but defensemen are still massive and mean, and unless Gaudreau hits a growth spurt, he's going to have some problems adjusting. Let's not forget that almost every short guy in the league is an absolute tank physically. Gaudreau is not only short but frail. He'll have to do a lot of work.
I don't think he's frail. He got hit good a few times but came right back into the game and scored some goals. No biggie

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Can you imagine if Johhny DOES hit the growth spurt...

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Can you imagine if Johhny DOES hit the growth spurt...
If he magically became 5'10 or so, about 27 teams would be kicking themselves.

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Jerry York knows how to get small guys like him into the NHL. His track record speaks for itself.

The problem for Gaudreau is that he definitely needs another year at college to build up strength.

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He's 5'9". Tyler Ennis is the exact same size as him and he seems to be doing fine
No way he's 5'9"

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No way he's 5'9"
If he's 5'9, I'm 8'9.


He's no taller than 5'7 out there.

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Just look at top scorers in previous World Juniors. Doesn't always mean NHL.He is skilled.Wait until he gets hit.

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He's a hard working kid, he obviously knows his size is an issue and he is regularly in contact with the Flames about his progress. There is no reason why he will not put on muscle especially to his lower body over the next 2 years. He is not a sure thing to make the NHL, but it is definitely a possibility and Gaudreau has proven he is one to defy the odds.


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