No. 3 – C Adam Gaudette (Northeastern, NCAA)
The scouting reports on Adam Gaudette always focused on his two-way play. He was never labelled as an elite sniper or puck distributor, let alone a possible top-six scoring threat in the NHL.
I am not going to suggest that Gaudette has the elite skill that a scoring playmaker like Elias Pettersson possesses. I am just going to suggest that Gaudette knows how to make goalscoring easy for himself.
Gaudette had two goals in a single game against Boston University. Now he is up to eight goals and 15 points in nine games, good enough to be the team leader in goals and in points. He is fourth in the entire NCAA in points, fifth in terms of points-per-game.
The Braintree, Massachusetts native had 52 points in 37 games last year. At the current rate, Gaudette is set to reach 52 points in 31 games and end the season with nearly 65 points.
Both goals show how Gaudette can seemingly elude defenders and find himself in a prime scoring situation with the puck. He shows once again that he possesses a heavy and accurate shot to go along with that scoring instinct.