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

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01-05-2013, 03:52 AM
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Not only his size. I haven't seen anything special about him. And to be successful in the NHL at that size, their has to be something special.
Lol, seriously? The toe drag top shelf that he's done three times so far isn't special? His elusiveness isn't special? His ability to find the seam every single time isn't special? Those are all qualities that elite players have. He reminds me a lot of Pat Lafontaine and he was pretty special.

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01-05-2013, 03:58 AM
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Playing style still matters in ability to produce on a higher level. There has been tons of guys light up junior or college and not be able to translate to the minor leagues.
Very few guys put up huge points in the NCAA and then cannot handle the AHL. Gaudreau would be able to play right now in AHL. He wouldn't be dominant, but he wouldn't be eaten alive. A lot of guys who out up big numbers but later fail are usually 19 year olds in the CHL which is a lot different. I can't think of the last point per game underclass man who couldn't hack it at the AHL level.

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01-05-2013, 03:59 AM
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Take it for what it is worth, but Flames assistant general manager John Weisbrod recently said in an interview that he believes John Gaudreau could more than handle himself at the AHL level at this very moment. I have not consistently seen him play at BC so I cant personally vouch for that, but it's high praise nonetheless.
He is BC's best player and one of the best if not the best players in college hockey.

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01-05-2013, 04:17 AM
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Not only his size. I haven't seen anything special about him. And to be successful in the NHL at that size, their has to be something special.
I would suggest purchasing a pair of glasses.

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01-05-2013, 04:48 AM
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I don't really follow prospects as I have no means of doing so. But can someone tell me about this kid?

Jesus, he's small.



All I know is what I've seen on his HDb profile. 60 games played, 36 goals, 72 points, lead the team. 17 years old. 5 foot, 6 inches. Supposedly 150 lbs.
The goals I saw Gaudreau score he was standing all by himself at the side of the net.

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01-05-2013, 09:19 AM
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The goals I saw Gaudreau score he was standing all by himself at the side of the net.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzH9o...e_gdata_player

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bQRx...e_gdata_player

you obviously dont watch much hockey.

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01-05-2013, 10:56 AM
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Not only his size. I haven't seen anything special about him. And to be successful in the NHL at that size, their has to be something special.
Either you haven't ever watched BC play or you just choose not to notice him, he just lead this tournament in goals and lead the USA in point. His USHL coach said he was the most skilled American in his draft and he looks like he could be one of the best players in the NCAA. The only knock against him is his size he easily has the skill, speed, and determination to make the nhl as any other prospect.

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He's lightning in a bottle. The kid can fly out there.

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I love this player, so fast and explosive.

I have no idea if he'll have success at NHL level or not but i'll follow his progression closely. He became one of my favorite players during the tournament.

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He's no lock to make it as an NHLer, but just about every little guy had success in the NHL was written off at some point because of his size (St. Louis, Gionta, Andy McDonald, Gerbe, Ennis, Rafalski, Parise, Steve Sullivan, Briere, etc.). Gaudreau certainly has his work cut out for him because of his stature, but he just shined on the world stage against his peers...I'm not certainly ready to write him off yet.

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Not only his size. I haven't seen anything special about him. And to be successful in the NHL at that size, their has to be something special.

Maybe put down the comic books and actually watch a game.

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He's lightning in a bottle. The kid can fly out there.
Bad metaphor is bad.

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01-05-2013, 03:22 PM
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He looked taller than Grimaldi, who is probably still 5'6", if that counts for anything.

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He looked taller than Grimaldi, who is probably still 5'6", if that counts for anything.
He's definitely taller than Grimaldi, but that's not saying much.

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01-05-2013, 03:41 PM
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lets wait for him to turn pro

6 games does not a player

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not really impressive. nowhere near the dominance of kane.

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not really impressive. nowhere near the dominance of kane.
Yea Kane's 9 points in 7 game were much better than JG's 9 points in 7 games.

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Gaudreau is not magically going to change his build. Even if he does put on muscle, there is only so much you can do before its too much.




Andrew Luck is already at the top level there is. NCAA season is what, 34 some odd games? Hard to really compare to the rigors of the NHL like the physicality as well as the travel, etc. All I said was "I hardly expect his game to translate well to the NHL" meaning, I don't think you'll see him dominating the competition like he does against junior players. IMO Grigorenko is the steal of the draft at #12.
Lol I know I was trying to say a random comment. Fair enough, thats your opinion, I was just curious as to why you thought that. Now I know. I respectfully disagree and think he has the IQ to succeed.

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Yea Kane's 9 points in 7 game were much better than JG's 9 points in 7 games.
Kane scored 9 points as a 17 year old, Gaudreau did it as a 19 year old.

And none-the-less I don't think anyone is saying Gaudreau will become the type of player Kane is in the NHL, the only thing people are saying is that their playing styles are very similar.

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Kane scored 9 points as a 17 year old, Gaudreau did it as a 19 year old.

And none-the-less I don't think anyone is saying Gaudreau will become the type of player Kane is in the NHL, the only thing people are saying is that their playing styles are very similar.
Yes I agree but he said it was as dominate and they looked very similar when they played in this tournament maybe he meant Kane's was more impressive but age doesn't change how dominate a player is.

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lets wait for him to turn pro

6 games does not a player
The guy has been playing at a higher level and putting up almost two points per game.

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If Gibson is 6-3, then Gaudreau isn't that small.

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guarantee, he doesn't even become a second liner in the NHL.

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If Gibson is 6-3, then Gaudreau isn't that small.
5'9" seems right

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guarantee, he doesn't even become a second liner in the NHL.
Yeah. He will be a first liner easily.

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