Canucks draft F Brendan Gaunce 1st Round, 26th Overall
Welcome to the Canucks, Brendan!
TSN's Craig Button:
Brendan is big, strong two-way center. He is a good skater with a good stride and he moves well. He can improve his quickness and by doing so, he will become more difficult to stop because with his size, when he gains a step, an opponent is faced with a losing proposition. He is smart and plays the game well both with and without the puck. He makes plays and because he's smart he gets scoring chances and an improved shot can make him that much better offensively. He works without the puck and is also capable of playing on the wing which adds a component of versatility to his game. He will assert with his body, hold off defenders and create advantages for himself and the team with his approach but is not going to be the punishing type. He has shown the ability to raise the level of his play when the games become more demanding and important. He's a very effective player and because he can find a way to contribute in multiple ways, this enhances his play and adds value to a team.
ISS Rank - 11
THN Rank - 17
CSB Rank - 13 (North America)
Bob's Rank - 20
Last edited by Mr. Canucklehead: 06-23-2012 at 02:42 AM.
Admittedly, I haven't seen him play, but I'm a bit confused with the questionable offensive upside being said of Gaunce. Put up a PPG on a low scoring team when there weren't a whole lot of CHL players in this draft to hit that type of production.