Johnny Gaudreau
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Johnny Gaudreau

Hometown:

Carney's Point New Jersey

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1993-08-18

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2011

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2011

Height:

5-7

Acquired:

4th round (104th overall), 2011

Weight:

155 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2008-09: John Gaudreau scored 16 goals with 29 assists in 30 games for the Philadelphia Little Flyers of the Atlantic Youth Hockey League's U16 Midget National division.

2009-10: Gaudreau skated for Team Comcast (Pennsauken, NJ) in the Atlantic Youth Hockey League (Midget AAA)). In 46 games he had 29 goals with 27 assists. Gaudreau led all scorers at the 2010 USA Hockey Select 17 Player Development Camp with 5 goals and 7 assists and competed for Team USA at the 2010 Ivan Hlinka Tournament and had 2 goals with 2 assists in five games for the silver medal-winning US squad.

2010-11: Appeared in 60 games with the USHL’s Dubuque Fighting Saints and posted an impressive 36 goals and 36 assists. He then posted 11 points (5 goals and 6 assists) in 11 playoff games for the Fighting Saints. His season was good enough to see him named the USHL’s Rookie of the Year.

2011-12: Gaudreau burst onto the college hockey scene as a freshman – finishing second in scoring for national champion Boston College. Gaudreau's 44 points were one behind junior Chris Kreider (New York Rangers) for the team lead on an Eagles team that won its final 19 games; capturing the Hockey East regular season and playoff titles and defeating Ferris State, 4-1 in the Frozen Four Final. Gaudreau scored 21 goals with 23 assists and was plus-20 with 10 penalty minutes in 44 games. Gaudreau was invited to the USA evaluation camp for the 2013 U20 World Junior Championship.

2012-13: Gaudreau was one of the top forwards in college hockey as a sophomore and skated on the top line for the gold medal-winning USA squad at the 2013 World Junior Championship. In 35 games with Boston College he scored 21 goals with 30 assists and was +19 with 29 penalty minutes and was one of the three finalists for the prestigious Hobey Baker Award. The Eagles finished second to Massachusetts-Lowell in Hockey East and received an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament after a loss to Boston University in the Hockey East semifinals. BC lost to Union, 5-1, in the NCAA East Regional semifinals. Skating on a line with J.T. Miller (NY Rangers) and Harvard's Jimmy Vesey (Nashville) at the WJC, Gaudreau scored 7 goals with 2 assists and was +2 with 4 penalty minutes in seven games. The USA defeated Sweden, 3-1, in the gold medal game.

 

Talent Analysis

Gaudreau has really quick hands, shifty moves; explosive speed and this really small centerman could stickhandle in a phone booth. He has the determination and big time skill to prove the doubters wrong about his size, similar to Martin St. Louis. The teenager can make bigger players miss their checks while sliding off them with his elite edge control and quick skating. The small player will need to add muscle mass and weight to be able to play at the more physical NHL Level but he has time to mature. Gaudreau has scored goals at every level of hockey as he's a pure scorer which is an asset that can't be taught.

 

Future

Gaudreau returns for his third year at Boston College as the 2013-14 season begins. The natural goal scorer will seek to continue his offensive success while fine tuning his skills to excel in the next level of his career. The 20-year-old is considered to be one of the top collegiate players and has the potential to win the Hobey Baker Award. If Gaudreau continues with his successful progression as a player, then the New Jersey native could make a strong case for a roster position with the Flames in the near future.

 

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