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Johnny Gaudreau Of Boston College, Calgary Flames Prospect


They call him “Johnny Hockey” and for good reason. He’s not even twenty-one years old and he’s already made his mark in the hockey world.

Gaudreau was selected in the fourth round (104th overall) in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by the Calgary Flames and has attended the Flames development camp twice, but has yet to play a game in the NHL. With stats like Gaudreau’s, I can’t help but wonder what’s keeping him back from the professional league.

This season, “Johnny Hockey” led Team USA to a gold medal at the 2013 World Junior Hockey Championship where he led the team with the most goals (7) and tied for the lead in points (9).

This is Gaudreau’s third year playing for Boston College and he has improved significantly each season. During his first year, he played 44 games, earning 21 goals and 23 assists. Good numbers for a freshman.

Last season, while playing 35 games for the Boston College Eagles, Gaudreau acquired 21 goals and 30 assists. This season, in 31 games so far, he’s earned 27 goals and 34 assists.

As is explained on the Flames.com website, Johnny Gaudreau is on a 26 game point streak as of three days ago. The next Eagles game is scheduled for February 21st, and I’m confident that he will increase his game streak once again.

He’s consistent with his scoring, he’s lightning on his skates, and he has a set of mitts to outplay almost any other player at his level. I think we will be seeing a lot more of “Johnny Hockey” in the near future.

 

Tags: Calgary Flames

  • JC

    I’ve been a fan of the kid since his USHL days. Such a crafty and fluid skater with hands like Kane. I have a feeling they’re running the whole NCAA Div1 development with Johnny due to his size. It can’t hurt. Many high draft and solid NHL’s have benefited from this route as bad as us fans want to see them jump ship.
    Go Johnny!

  • http://www.flameforthought.com/ Traci Kay

    I was looking at his stats during his time in the USHL, when he played for the Dubuque Fighting Saints, and I was impressed – 72 points in 60 games. He has an undeniable goal-scoring talent that will take him far.

    Considering his small stature (5’8″ and 153lbs), I agree with you, JC. I believe he’s probably being developed to gain experience and muscle before he is bumped up to the pro league. It can’t do him any harm to spend time gaining weight and strength before he he makes his debut.

    My only hope is that his talents are utilized in the right way once he’s part of the show. I’d hate to see all that skill go to waste (a la Iginla, during his brief time with Pittsburgh).

    Thanks for your comments, JC!