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#1 b3.

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Posted 21 June 2012 - 09:40 PM

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Brendan Gaunce

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Born Mar 25 1994  -- Markham, ONT 

Height 6.02 -- Weight 205 -- Shoots L





Selected by Vancouver Canucks round 1 #26 overall 2012 NHL Entry Draft



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Season   Team                        Lge    GP    G    A  Pts  PIM  GP   G   A Pts PIM

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2009-10  Markham Waxers              OJHL    1    0    0    0    0

2010-11  Belleville Bulls            OHL    65   11   25   36   40   4   0   0   0   4

2011-12  Belleville Bulls            OHL    68   28   40   68   68   6   1   2   3   2

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Posted 22 June 2012 - 07:25 PM

Safe pick from the canucks, I like it so far.
I've always liked guys that step it up during harder competition.
It's also interesting to see that they wanted him ealier and were looking into moving up just to grab him

He also seem's like a fast learner, his first year in the OHL he was a -31 the next he was a positive 4
and he almost doubled his previous year in scoring

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Posted 22 June 2012 - 07:25 PM

such a long winded selection too.
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Posted 22 June 2012 - 07:26 PM

How was this thread started yesterday?
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Posted 22 June 2012 - 07:27 PM

Brendan Gaunce
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Born Mar 25 1994 -- Markham, ONT
Height 6'2" -- Weight 215 -- Shoots L

					Regular Season					Playoffs
Season	Team			Lge	GP	G	A	Pts	PIM	+/-	GP	G	A	Pts	PIM
2009-10	Markham Waxers		OJHL	1	0	0	0	0	-2					
2010-11	Belleville Bulls	OHL	65	11	25	36	40	-31	4	0	0	0	4
2011-12	Belleville Bulls	OHL	68	28	40	68	68	4	6	1	2	3	2

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Posted 22 June 2012 - 07:27 PM

Good choice!
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Posted 22 June 2012 - 07:28 PM

nice pick, very happy
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Posted 22 June 2012 - 07:30 PM

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i like it, big man, puts up the points, surprised he slid to us, to be honest. thanks to St. Louis and especially Calgary for throwing away their first round picks.
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Posted 22 June 2012 - 07:31 PM

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Posted 22 June 2012 - 07:31 PM

Was really hoping to get him. Great pick!!
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Posted 22 June 2012 - 07:31 PM

Get to know a draft pick — Brendan Gaunce
James O'Brien Jun 22, 2012, 10:26 AM EDT
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All week leading up to the 2012 NHL Entry Draft in Pittsburgh, we’ll be profiling top prospects who may hear their names called Friday in the first round. Nothing too in-depth. Just enough so you know who they are and what they’re about.

Brendan Gaunce ©

Height: 6’2 Weight: 215 Shoots: Left

Team: Belleville Bulls (OHL)

Country: Canada

NHL Central Scouting ranking: No. 13 among North American skaters

What kind of player is he?

Want proof that the 2012 NHL Draft might be a little weird? Consult the North American skater rankings — Brendan Gaunce is the highest-ranked Canadian forward at No. 13. You have to wade through a bunch of Russian talent and strong defensemen before arriving at the big center from the Belleville Bulls.

Scouts don’t regard Gaunce as a dazzling skill player. He didn’t put up astounding numbers in the OHL, but could be enticing to mid-level teams because of his size and two-way play. For teams that gravitate toward “character guys” and intangibles, Gaunce is a solid pick. His potential likely ranks between a second or third line center.

He also has a family member in the NHL — his brother, Cameron, is a defenseman in the Colorado organization that played 11 games last season.

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“He makes strong decisions with the puck on his stick, and has the ability to place the puck in the right spot of the offensive zone, be it via a pass or by skating it there. He is also one of the strongest positional players available for the draft. He is extremely effective positionally in all three zones, and shows an ability to play a smart, two way game.

“The other aspect of his skill set that impresses is his shot. He has one of the strongest shots in the draft, displaying strong accuracy and speed, but more importantly, a very quick release. He has all of the intangibles that you look for in a future leader at the next level, and looks like a player who will one day be a captain in the NHL.” — Sean Lafortune, The Prospect Blog

http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2012/06/22/get-to-know-a-draft-pick-brendan-gaunce/
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Posted 22 June 2012 - 07:32 PM

Looks like a good physical center I'm excited to find out more about this guy
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Posted 22 June 2012 - 07:32 PM

Where's my main man Miller??!!?

Let's get some Miller time going in this thread!
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Posted 22 June 2012 - 07:32 PM

He reserved it yesterday for the 1st pick.
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Posted 22 June 2012 - 07:32 PM

Welcome bredan! Solid pick!
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Posted 22 June 2012 - 07:32 PM

Love the props for Smyl by LG.
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Posted 22 June 2012 - 07:33 PM

He looked pissed
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Posted 22 June 2012 - 07:36 PM

You beat me to it

Edit: Gaunce did look pissed though

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Posted 22 June 2012 - 07:37 PM

Brendan Gaunce – The Next Ones: 2012 NHL Draft Prospect Profile: Built for the NHL
by Brendan Ross on June 14, 2012.

Brendan Gaunce THW Close Up:

Date of Birth: March 25, 1994
Place of Birth: Markham, ON, CAN
Ht: 6-1.75 Wt: 207 lbs
Shoots: Left
Position: Center/Left Wing
NHL Draft Eligibility: 2012 1st year eligible

THW Ranking(May): 14th

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Gaunce, followed by scouts from a young age, is looking to become an NHLer just like his older brother Cameron (Aaron Bell/OHL Images)


Peer through the history of the NHL Entry Draft and you might be hard pressed to find a class without a Canadian-grown forward occupying one of the top ten spots. In 2012, Markham native, Brendan Gaunce, has been dubbed Canada’s best forward prospect yet the confidence that he can crack the top ten wavers depending on the expert asked.
Gaunce has grown accustomed to being followed closely by scouts as the Belleville Bulls coveted the former Markham Waxer standout after tallying 55 goals and 148 points in his minor midget year. At the 2010 OHL Priority Selection Draft, Gaunce’s wait was short as he was selected second overall behind 2012 draft mate Alex Galchenyuk.
NHL teams have been observing this OHL-trained player develop ever since Gaunce entered the league as a rookie posting a modest 36 points. Statistically, Gaunce’s numbers were not overly eye-catching but he used his used his freshman season to learn the ins and outs of the major junior game. His approach to his hockey career can be attributed to his dedication and commitment to excellence. As the younger brother to Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cameron Gaunce, Brendan has used his siblings’ experiences to ensure success in his own hockey endeavors. During the past two summers, the Gaunce brothers have enrolled themselves into fitness-guru Gary Roberts’ hockey training program, the same one that has facilitated players like Stamkos and Skinner into star status.
Gaunce’s off-ice conditioning has resulted in impressive showings during fitness testing at both the 2012 Top Prospect Game and NHL Scouting Combine. At the February showcase game in beautiful Kelowna, Gaunce finished first in nine categories of testing while scouts witness him rack up twelve top 10 finishes at the recent 2012 NHL Combine. His commitment to all aspects of hockey has paid off as Bulls’ Head Coach Burnett leaned heavily on his star forward using him in all situations. Additionally, the second year center was named an “assistant captain” adopting a leadership role that Gaunce was born to fill.
From my own personal observations in DobberHockey’s Fantasy Prospects Guide,


“The top heart-and-soul player of this draft class, Brendan Gaunce is a player that will contribute in a number of ways at the NHL level. Scouting draft notes for Gaunce will not indicated any elite offensive skills as he earns his points via his pro-caliber shot and strong work ethic in puck battles. Gaunce lacks the ability to handle the puck at top speed but does possess crafty hands inside the hash marks making him a dangerous option in the scoring area. “


Brendan Gaunce is a meat-and-potatoes type of player willing to enter the gritty areas and engage in puck battles. His defensive awareness, positioning on both sides of the puck andfaceoff prowess earn him tough minutes as a shutdown option. Offensively, Gaunce plays a power game complemented by above-average passing skills and an ability to unleash a hot wrist in tight quarters.
Playing on the bigger ice in Belleville, Gaunce’s below-average skating skills have been exposed and he must continue to improve his quickness and lateral mobility. Lacking first line upside, Gaunce’s value lies in his size, intelligence, versatility and attention to detail that makes him, arguably, the draft’s top two-way forward. These qualities combined with his impressive junior pedigree are an attractive package that could see NHL teams sacrificing “upside” for a high character player in Brendan Gaunce, who is already showing the maturity (see video below) and leadership to become an NHL captain.

Scout’s Honour:

Teams will gravitate towards Gaunce’s character, as he plays a 200-foot game and shows consistent efforts both with and without the puck. His hand skills and passing skills are above average and he has an underrated shot. Gaunce can make plays on either his strong side or weak side and provides the requisite size and smarts to play up the middle. Gaunce brings many intangibles to the table including his size, character, hockey sense and ability to do the little things well, which should make him a very effective two-way player at the NHL level.


David Burstyn –McKeen’s HockeyDirector of Scouting

Gaunce has all the tools that you look for in a second line center at the next level. His biggest asset is his intelligent and anticipation skills. He has the ability to read the play two to three plays ahead, and anticipate it. He makes strong decisions with the puck on his stick and has the ability to place the puck in the right spot of the offensive zone, be it via a pass or by skating. He is also one of the strongest positional players available in the draft.


Sean Lafortune – Future Considerations Scout and Founder of The Prospect Blog

Big and powerful, Gaunce is the definition of a power center. He utilizes his smarts and size to be a good playmaking option, but is also very adept at playing all three-zones. He can power his way to the net and create room for his linemates to put the puck in the net.


The Hockey Guys’ Final 2012 NHL Draft Rankings

Gaunce is a bulking two-way power forward who can also finish and distribute the puck at a high level. He is a really smart hockey player with tremendous instincts and vision on the ice. Even though he’s an aggressive checker, he also has the ability to pull up along the side boards, control a power play and be a very effective distributor. Gaunce makes all the little plays consistently with his distribution game and he also is able to show the ability to see and make the difficult passes. Gaunce is a strong player and you see it in his shooting ability as he really leans into his wrist and slap shots, showing plus finishing ability from beyond the blue paint.


Corey Pronman – ESPN and Hockey ProspectusDraft Writer

Despite still not projecting as favorably as some of his 2012 draftmates, Gaunce will be highly sought-after because of his ability to do the ‘little’ things like winning faceoffs, backchecking effectively and contesting puck battles.


Bob Mand – Bruins’ Correspondent at THW and NHLMockDraft.comcontributor

Statistics:

Bio/Interview(s)/Link(s):
Brendan Gaunce Profile on Dobber Prospects
Neate Sager’s Draft Tracker: 5 Questions with Brendan Gaunce, Belleville Bulls

ETA = 1 year

Risk-Reward Analysis:

Risk= 0.5/5 Reward = 4/5

NHL Potential:

Second-line two-way center with leadership intangibles

Strengths:

*See “THW Close-Up” section above.
- Mature Leader with high character
- Strong Positioning
- Elite Conditioning
- Advanced hockey sense
- Imposing size
- Hard accurate shot
- Versatile


Flaws/Aspects He Needs To Work On:
- Improve skating (first step quickness and agility)
- Improve puck handling skills
- Maintain intensity to fully utilize his imposing frame


Fantasy Hockey Potential:
Offensive = 7.5/10 Defensive = 8.5/10
NHL Player(s) Comparison:

- Brandon Dubinsky
- Ryan O’Reilly
- Jordan Staal


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Off The Iron (Interesting Notes):
  • Brendan Gaunce is the subject of a book being published by HockeyProspect dubbed “Draft Year: Brendan Gaunce” following the young prospects journey to the NHL. Written by John Matisz, a reporter covering London Knights local news, this publication will be a great read for any avid hockey fan.
  • Brendan Gaunce’s talents are not limited to the ice as he can be found on the field kicking footballs as his high school teams’ punter. His school pride continues as he also starred in Hairspray on the high school stage.
  • Brendan Gaunce made headlines at the 2012 NHL Draft Combine posting top finishes in several tests including leg power (1st), right (4th) and left hand grip (6th), body weight pushups (7th), pull strength (5th) and upper body power throw (2nd).
THW’s The Next Ones prospect profile template design architect: Chris Ralph

http://thehockeywrit...file-built-nhl/

Edited by avelanch, 22 June 2012 - 08:17 PM.

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Posted 22 June 2012 - 07:40 PM

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He looked pissed

You beat me to it

Edit: Gaunce did look pissed though

he always looks that way.
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Posted 22 June 2012 - 07:43 PM

As soon as Maatta was taken off board I was praying that Gaunce would fall to us.

Sweet pickup.
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Posted 22 June 2012 - 07:48 PM

He might be pissed because he dropped to #26 - I mean, he was ranked #13 NA skater and the best Canadian forward, but 2 guys (Laughton and Wilson) were taken before him.
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Posted 22 June 2012 - 07:48 PM

I was just watching a bunch of highlights of him, and wow does he have a quick release.
It's fast but it has a lot of power behind it.
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Posted 22 June 2012 - 07:57 PM

This kid is MONEY. He's big, he's got hands and put up points on an average team. They say 2/3rd line but I think he's a solid second line centre.

Looking forward to seeing a Canuck on the Canadian World Juniors again!!!!!!!
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Posted 22 June 2012 - 07:59 PM

Awesome pick! Can't wait to see him in camp!
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Posted 22 June 2012 - 07:59 PM

i like it, big man, puts up the points, surprised he slid to us, to be honest. thanks to St. Louis and especially Calgary for throwing away their first round picks.

que

Calgary at this point has to gamble on these high risk/high reward type of players

Sounded like Feaster was going to pick him anyways. To get a 2nd out of it was just bonus
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Posted 22 June 2012 - 08:02 PM

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His size should complement Schroeder well. Imagine this scary kid line in 2 years time:

Jensen - Gaunce - Kassian
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Posted 22 June 2012 - 08:05 PM

He's gonna be awesome, can't wait. Maybe makes the team this year, we're gonna need 2 centres to start the season and with his work pedigree he might be the perfect fit for the 3rd line.
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Posted 22 June 2012 - 08:09 PM

I think he reminds me a lot of Ryan Kesler. Remember when we drafted Kesler they said he would be a solid career 3rd liner?
Similar descriptions of Gaunce and Kesler as they're both regarded as strong 2 way centres with lots of character and skill.
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Posted 22 June 2012 - 08:10 PM

Here's another write up from the Dallas hockey blog, Defending Big D:

This draft profile is on Brendan Gaunce, the top center for the Belleville Bulls this past season in the OHL. Gaunce is perhaps the top two-way forward in the draft this year and gets just as much praise for his intangibles and leadership abilities as he does his ability to put the puck in the net. While Gaunce is expected to be drafted in the middle of the first round, he could be considered a reach #13 -- depending on how the draft shakes out

Corey Pronman, Hockey Prospectus

Gaunce is a bulking two-way power forward who can also finish and distribute the puck at a high level. He is a really smart hockey player with tremendous instincts and vision on the ice. Even though he's an aggressive checker, he also has the ability to pull up along the side boards, control a power play and be a very effective distributor. Gaunce makes all the little plays consistently with his distribution game and he also is able to show the ability to see and make the difficult passes. Gaunce is a strong player and you see it in his shooting ability as he really leans into his wrist and slap shots, showing plus finishing ability from beyond the blue paint. He is also pretty physically advanced in terms of his frame and muscle mass and is at least in that aspect ready for the next level, although I wouldn't be crazy about him making the jump until he's 19 or 20. Gaunce is dangerous on the forecheck with his strength and work ethic, but also shows as much determination in the other end of the rink, where combined with his hockey sense, it makes him quite an effective two-way centerman. His puck skills are average, though, as he's not one to make a good hands play. He is also is a below-average skater as well who isn't that dangerous in transition.

The Scouting Report

Gaunce is an extremely well rounded prospect who processes great vision, hockey sense, as well as leadership qualities. He's not a player who will overwhelm you any in one aspect of the game but he does have the unique ability to be such a complete player at this young of an age. Gaunce is a great decision maker both with the puck on his stick as well as away from the puck on the defensive end of the ice. He has an extremely hard and accurate shot which has the ability to find its way to the net through traffic. Gaunce could very well develop into a player who will be on the ice at all points of the game and never look out of place. At this point in time he seems to have the upside as a strong two-way centerman, he does however have to work on his skating ability to get there.

My NHL Draft:

Brendan Gaunce has great vision, skating ability, hockey sense, a pro calibre shot, and unbelievable leadership qualities on and off the ice. He is the younger brother of Colorado Avalanche prospect Cameron Gaunce, and will most likely be selected in the first twenty picks of the 2012 NHL Draft. He was the highest-scoring AAA minor midget hockey player in Ontario in his OHL draft year with 55 goals and 93 assists for 148 points in 86 games with the Markham Waxers. In his rookie year with the Belleville Bulls, Gaunce had 36 points in 65 games, and will be relied on heavily in the 2011-2012 season. One of Brendan's role models growing up was Brendan Shanahan. Considering his size, Gaunce is an above average skater, however it will need to be improved to be a star at the next level.

Conclusion:

When I first started to hear about Brendan Gaunce earlier this season, the initial descriptions of his game immediately made me think of Brenden Morrow. Gaunce has the reputation as a strong, hulking center who is at his best on the forecheck and possesses incredible intangibles and leadership qualities. However, after seeing a few games with Gaunce late in the season and based upon final rankings and scouting reports -- it's obvious that Gaunce is much more than just the hard-checking center he was initially made out to be.

Gaunce is not a player that possesses a distinct "wow factor," as nothing about his offensive skill or game really stands out as outstandingly special. What Gaunce does do, however, is play exceptionally strong in both ends of the ice as well as on the penalty kill and power play. Perhaps the top two-way forward in the draft, Gaunce combines above-average defensive instincts and ability with superb vision with the puck and excellent distribution skills. He's not the ultimate playmaker at center that the Stars desperately need, but he has the potential to be #2 center that is effective against top compeition -- offensively and defensively.

Gaunce isn't the best skater, however, as that is by far the consensus weak spot in his game. He has above average shot and can score from distance, but he won't be using deft stick-handling skills to deke his way to the net. As much talk as there is about his skills on the ice, Gaunce gets just as much attention for his leadership skills as well and he certainly seems to be a future candidate for a captain in the NHL. While the comparisons to Morrow are certainly valid in some ways, Gaunce has the potential to be much more -- a hard checking center who is just as good in his own zone as he is on offense.

Gaunce is physically mature and could be just a year away from being NHL ready.

Most rankings have Gaunce as a mid-first round pick at best, and he slipped a bit from mid-term rankings after a disappointing second half of the season, and with just three points in six games in the playoffs. While Gaunce could be seen as a bit of a reach at #13, if the top five centers in the draft are already gone and the defensemen left don't force the Stars to go in that direction -- then Gaunce could be seen a legitimate pick that high in the draft.

Gaunce would certainly be significant upgrade to the center position for the Stars organization, but the question is whether the Stars are in more need of pure offensive talent and production rather than another hard-checking power forward with good intangibles.


I hadn't looked at him in too much depth prior to the draft, so wasn't sure about how good a pick he'd be for us. What I think after having had a look at some of the scouting reports is he's a more complete/all-around version of Joseph Labate, or Kesler without as much skating ability/speed.

Labate's taller, and may be more dependent on his skill to become a success at the NHL level, while Gaunce could fall back on his defensive play and intangibles to be successful at a lesser role. Both are in competition for a 2nd/3rd line center role based on their potential, and Shroeder will have to fit in there somewhere too unless his offensive game improves.

Gaunce has already filled out his frame pretty well considering he's a year younger than Labate and they might just be challenging for the same spot at the same time in the next couple of years.

Gaunce seems like he'll end up have a similar development path to Kesler, but plays a less chirpy game so he'll be more focused on playing responsibly rather than trying to get others off their game. He doesn't have Kesler's skating, but seems to be in the right areas for turnovers due to his hockey sense, and could match Kesler's ability as a responsible, two-way forward initially for us.

It'll be interesting to watch him more closely now that he's in our system.

Edited by elvis15, 22 June 2012 - 08:27 PM.

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