Cameron Gaunce
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Cameron Gaunce


Sudbury Ontario

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2nd round (50th overall), 2008


203 lbs.

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2006-07: Cameron Gaunce, Markham Waxers (OPJHL) defenseman, netted a pair of goals and 14 points through 45 games this season, his first with the club. Expect to see him with Mississauga (OHL) next season.

2007-08: This marked Gaunce’s debut season with Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors (OHL), which saw him tally 10 goals and 40 points, along with 99 penalty minutes in 63 games. Gaunce was chosen by the Colorado Avalanche in the second round, 50th overall, of the 2008 NHL Draft.

2008-09: In his second year with the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors (OHL), Gaunce set several career-highs, including goals (17), assists (47), points (64) and penalty minutes (110). He also put up numbers in the postseason, racking up 10 points (4g+6a) in 11 games.

2009-10: Gaunce skated in 55 of 68 games for Mississauga St. Michael’s in his third OHL season; missing time with a shoulder injury. A leader on defense for the Majors, he had the second-best plus/minus on the team (+29) and scored 6 goals with 37 assists. Gaunce was second on the Majors behind Rob Flick (CHI) with 112 penalty minutes. In 16 playoff games he led all Majors skaters with 13 assists and finished +4 with 34 PMs as the team reached the OHL semifinals.

2010-11: Gaunce made his NHL debut in February 2011 and skated in 11 games for the Avalanche after spending the bulk of his first pro season with AHL Lake Erie. Averaging just under 13 minutes of ice-time, Gaunce scored one goal and was -3 with 16 PMs during his brief stint with Colorado. In 61 AHL games with Lake Erie he scored 2 goals with 20 assists and was +13 with 84 PMs. Gaunce missed the AHL playoffs due to a hand injury suffered while with the Avalanche.

2011-12: Gaunce spent his second pro season with Colorado’s AHL affiliate Lake Erie. He was a team-best plus-17 and scored 6 goals with 21 assists in 75 games. Gaunce’s 90 penalty minutes were fourth-most on the Monsters. Lake Erie finished third in the North Division – missing the playoffs by two points.

2012-13: Gaunce skated in 61 games for Colorado AHL affiliate Lake Erie before being obtained by Dallas in exchange for Tomas Vincour in a trade with the Avalanche in April 2013. He finished the year in the AHL with Texas and had five points in nine games. Gaunce scored 2 goals with 14 assists in 70 AHL games with the two teams and was -1 (+7 with Texas) and had 98 penalty minutes (all with Lake Erie). The Texas Stars finished first in the South Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Gaunce had no points nor penalty minutes and was -5 in nine playoff games. He was re-signed by Dallas to a one-year contract in June, 2013.


Talent Analysis

While not as polished as some of the Avs' defensive prospects, Gaunce has a well-rounded game that includes a gritty, physical side. He has a strong slapshot, makes smart decisions with the puck and has a great work ethic.



Gaunce looks like a second or third-pairing defenseman at the pro level.

Gaunce was dealt by the Colorado Avalanche to the Dallas Stars in April of 2013 in a deal that sent Tomas Vincour to the Avalanche.


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