Adam Gaudette

Hometown:

Braintree Massachusetts

Currently Playing In:

NCAA

Birthday:

1996-10-03

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2015

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2015

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

5th round (149th overall), 2015

Weight:

168 lbs.

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History

2011-12: Adam Gaudette played in 15 games for Thayer Academy in Massachusetts as a freshman and played for the Boston Advantage Tier 1 U16 team. In 16 games for the Tigers in Keller Division play he scored 1 goal. Gaudette scored 2 goals with 1 assist and no penalties in seven games for Boston Advantage.

2012-13: Gaudette skated in 11 games for Thayer Academy as a sophomore and played six games with the Boston Advantage U16 team. He scored 2 goals with 3 assists skating for Thayer. The Tigers reached the semifinals of the New England Large School Division tournament, falling 3-2 to Avon Old Farms. Gaudette scored 2 goals with 2 assists and 2 penalty minutes playing for Boston Advantage.

2013-14: Gaudette had a breakout season for Thayer Academy in his junior season. In 27 games for the Tigers he scored 29 goals with 38 assists. Thayer reached the Elite 8 Tournament for New England prep schools — entering the tournament as the #3 seed — but was upset 3-1 by sixth-seed Berkshire. Gaudette was one of two players from Thayer along with defenseman Jon Barry that was named to the All-New England prep team by the league’s coaches. He was drafted by Cedar Rapids in the seventh round (116th overall) in the 2014 USHL Entry Draft and in June committed to playing college hockey at Northeastern in 2015-16.

2014-15: Gaudette left Massachusetts to play for the USHL’s Cedar Rapids RoughRiders — foregoing his senior season at Thayer — and played for the USA U19 team at the 2014 World Junior A Challenge. In 50 regular season games he scored 13 goals with 17 assists and was +23 with 55 penalty minutes. Cedar Rapids finished second in the Eastern Conference, falling to Dubuque in a first-round series. Gaudette was -4 with no points and 4 penalty minutes in three playoff games.
In four games for the USA at the WJAC he had no points nor penalties. The USA defeated Denmark, 3-2, in overtime in the gold medal game. Gaudette was ranked 108th amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by Vancouver in the fifth round (149th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft.

Talent Analysis

Gaudette has good hockey sense and awareness and plays a sound two-way game. He has a strong shot release and isn’t afraid to get his nose dirty in puck battles. Playing against older, bigger players in the NCAA should give his career path a clearer direction.

Future
NCAA. He is a long term prospect and will likely play several seasons in the NCAA before turning pro. Long-term he could develop into a lower line two-way forward in the NHL but it will be a long road ahead for Gaudette.

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