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

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01-03-2013, 06:21 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.
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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01-03-2013, 06:32 PM
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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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01-03-2013, 06:33 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
I find this very hard to believe.

Very.

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01-03-2013, 06:34 PM
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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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01-03-2013, 06:39 PM
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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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01-03-2013, 07:14 PM
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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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Looks like he hasn't even hit puberty yet.
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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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01-03-2013, 10:10 PM
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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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01-03-2013, 10:20 PM
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if he trains hard enough he can make it. dehairnais is 5`6 no? Went undrafted and put up 60 or so points. If john is dedicated he will train and get stronger and better. It is up to a team to give him a chance to play.

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Growth spurt. Hilarious.

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01-03-2013, 10:56 PM
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He will be a superstar....in the AHL. He is not built for the NHL, especially in the Western Conference with likes of LA Kings that suffocate you with size. Today's NHL is about puck protection, getting in front of the net, and down-low board play. Rarely do you see plays that manifest by deking a few guys and sniping it on a rush which is what Gaudreau is good at, he would be destroyed against the boards.

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He will be a superstar....in the AHL. He is not built for the NHL, especially in the Western Conference with likes of LA Kings that suffocate you with size. Today's NHL is about puck protection, getting in front of the net, and down-low board play. Rarely do you see plays that manifest by deking a few guys and sniping it on a rush which is what Gaudreau is good at, he would be destroyed against the boards.
Great players always find a way. I'm not worried. This kid will make the NHL.

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He really needs to work on his skating if he's to make the NHL. I think that's more of his issue than size. Many small players can overcome size issues. Skating, though correctable, will make or break him as an NHLer.

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01-03-2013, 11:08 PM
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Great players always find a way. I'm not worried. This kid will make the NHL.
I wouldn't consider him a 'great player'..

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I wouldn't consider him a 'great player'..

He is currently a "great player" in the league (and U20) he is playing in.

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01-03-2013, 11:13 PM
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I wouldn't consider him a 'great player'..
You're right, his performance in college and the WJC hasn't been "great", it's been "excellent".

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He really needs to work on his skating if he's to make the NHL. I think that's more of his issue than size. Many small players can overcome size issues. Skating, though correctable, will make or break him as an NHLer.
I would agree with this and it's often overlooked.

small guys ahve to be excellent skaters turn on a dime and have explosive 1st steps.

Johnny is an above average skater no doubt but a slight improvement in 1st step quickness will definetely help his cause which is still as a bit of a longshot at this point.

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I wouldn't consider him a 'great player'..
Steve Spott would.

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I think it's ridiculous people would suggest he's only worth a second rounder. He's a top scorer in the WJC and NCAA. Why would the Flames trade that sort of promise for a 2nd or even a 1st rounder? They should keep him, he's worth more to them than to any potential suitors.

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01-03-2013, 11:53 PM
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Tyler Ennis was a first rounder and he has very similar body type to Gaudreau. The only difference is that Ennis had a full year of development on Gaudreau in their respective draft years. Gaudreau was one of the youngest players taken in the 2011 draft, while Ennis was one of the oldest taken in 2008. Would anyone doubt that Gaudreau would have been a first rounder in the 2012 draft after coming off a PPG season in the NCAA, and a National Championship?

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He'll make it at the NHL level. I don't have any doubt about him. He's just too skilled. Of course, he'll have to compete harder than everyone to get out with the puck in the corners but he looks like he's willing to commit for the puck.

Honestly, he's going to make it, he looks like a fierce competitor, a little bit like Martin St-Louis and he's been used to fight against biggest players... he'll adapt to the NHL, he just have too much talent to not make it. Flames finally have some legit prospects with Gaudreau, Baertchi, Jankowski, Brodie etc.

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