No. 1 – Adam Gaudette (C) (Utica Comets, AHL)
Last, but certainly not least is Adam Gaudette. I lamented that the new editions to the Canucks would block Gaudette from a roster spot and I was partially correct. Unfortunately, the young centre didn’t blow the doors off of training camp as I hoped, but due to Jay Beagle’s broken forearm, another door has opened.
Oliver Thompson did a great job covering the call up and tracking Gaudette’s brief time in the NHL and AHL season so far.
Gaudette was very busy this week. He scored his first career AHL goal on the power play, thanks to a nice feed from Kole Lind. But where he took off was that 7-4 game against the Marlies, scoring another goal and finishing the night with three points.
Four points in two games is a damn good week and the timing of injuries on the Canucks gives Gaudette an incredible opportunity. Based on the first game he played last night, it looks Travis Green will stick to sheltered minutes, which is the best course of action.
Special teams could be interesting as Gaudette played in all situations at Northeastern and it is a little early to determine his role at the professional level. Although, judging by that quick one timer, he could have a nice spot on a future power play unit.
We do have a few interesting players with a lot of potential. The NHL can come as a shock for many prospects and few have what it takes to stick. I do think Gaudette has the tools to do that, but he has to make sure to capture the coach’s attention with gusto this time. The work Gaudette puts in now is part of his audition for next year’s lineup. And who knows, if Jim Benning trades for futures at the deadline, he may get to finish the season in Vancouver.