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#691 DeNiro

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 07:45 PM

4pts only?
Frk had 8 pts.


Q vs OHL. No comparison.

Helps to play with a future superstar too.
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Posted 22 March 2013 - 08:58 PM

Q vs OHL. No comparison.

Helps to play with a future superstar too.


Don't think that poster was serious. At least I hope he/she wasn't serious...
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Posted 23 March 2013 - 12:07 AM

Q vs OHL. No comparison.

Helps to play with a future superstar too.


Guance is a future superstar....
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Posted 23 March 2013 - 01:00 AM

Holy Frk.
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Posted 23 March 2013 - 04:37 AM

another top defensive forward nomination? oh friesen.
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Posted 23 March 2013 - 11:56 AM

another top defensive forward nomination? oh friesen.


He won.

No longer a nomination.
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Posted 23 March 2013 - 12:07 PM

another top defensive forward nomination? oh friesen.


He's got a lot more offensive ability than Friesen. And he's way bigger.
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Posted 23 March 2013 - 04:09 PM

love how he tries to make a good thing (a league award) sound like a negative, just cant please some people.
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Posted 23 March 2013 - 06:21 PM

Belleville wins Game 2, 4-1 over Mississauga, and now lead the series 2-0. Gaunce had one assist.
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Posted 24 March 2013 - 10:50 AM

Belleville wins Game 2, 4-1 over Mississauga, and now lead the series 2-0. Gaunce had one assist.

Whens the next game?
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Posted 24 March 2013 - 12:08 PM

Whens the next game?


Today. Gaunce has assisted on Belleville's only goal in a 1-1 tie with Mississauga. 13:25 left in the 2nd.
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Posted 24 March 2013 - 01:56 PM

Belleville loses Game 3, 2-1 to Mississauga. Gaunce was +1, with the one assist as mentioned. Belleville leads the series 2-1, Game 4 is Tuesday.
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Posted 25 March 2013 - 10:32 AM

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 02:42 PM

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Standing 6-foot-2 and weighing in at 205 pounds as a 19-year-old, Brendan Gaunce is built for post-season hockey.
Gaunce, the Canucks first round pick at the 2012 NHL entry draft, captains the Belleville Bulls of the Ontario Hockey League. In the first three games of his club’s first round playoff series against the Mississauga Steelheads this month, he’s done nothing but reinforce that perception.
The numbers are sparkling - three games, two goals, four assists and a plus-5 on-ice goal differential - and so is his two-way play. In fact, in Belleville’s three playoff games so far, the Steelheads are yet to score an even-strength goal while Gaunce is on the ice.Major Junior career closely. Certainly the coaches responsible for matching up against him recognize it, recently naming him the best defensive forward in the OHL’s Eastern Conference.
“[Brendan’s] ability to play the game without the puck is among the best in our league,” Belleville coach George Burnett said following his team’s loss on Sunday. “It’s one of the main reasons we've been a tough defensive team all year long.”
But Gaunce isn’t your prototypical defensive specialist. You’ll rarely find him buried in his own end of the rink. On Sunday he started three times as many shifts in Mississauga’s zone as he did in his own team’s, a testament to his two-way value.
“When I was younger I learned to play defense first and that offense comes from defense,” said Gaunce, about his well-rounded game. “I think that's kind of translating right now.”
“Kind of translating” might be a bit of an understatement.
In the first period of Sunday’s game, Gaunce was cycling the puck in the corner with Belleville’s first-line right-winger Scott Simmonds. Gaunce received a return pass from his linemate just below the goal line, and without hesitation sent Belleville centreman Tyler Graovac a pitch perfect slot feed against the grain.
The puck saucered through the skates of Steelheads defender Alex Cord and found the adhesive edging on Graovac’s stick. The pinpoint pass also did the hard work of getting Mississauga goaltender Tyson Teichmann moving side to side, and he couldn’t recover in time to stop Graovac’s blocker side backhander.
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Gaunce may have authored a lovely bang bang play and in doing so set up a gimme backhander for his linemate, but he wasn’t taking any credit for it after the game. Not after his team lost on a goal scored by Mississauga’s Josh Burnside in the final minute.
“If you're going to play with a scorer you have to find him,” said Gaunce, describing the sequence. “Luckily it went right on the tape and didn't hit the d-man's skate, and then [Groavac] put it away pretty easy.”
That wasn’t even Gaunce’s only gasp-worthy setup of the period, even if it was his only dime. Three minutes of game play later, Gaunce entered the Mississauga zone on his off-wing and put on the breaks. Taking advantage of some weak Mississauga gap control, Gaunce took a half step back towards the blue-line before rifling off a backhand pass cross seam through two Steelheads defenders. This puck had eyes and again found the blade of Tyler Graovac, who got all of it and forced Teichmann to make a supremely difficult stop.
"You have to have trust for your teammates, that they're going to be in the space you think they're going to be in,” said Gaunce, explaining how he experiences the opening of these sorts of improbable passing lanes. “If the defenseman's feet are pretty wide, and you have a guy like Graovic who can score from anywhere, you try and get it to him.”
Unfortunately for Gaunce and the Belleville Bulls, the contest got away from them from there. With just a couple of ticks remaining on the clock in the first period, Gaunce won a puck battle against Steelheads defender Stuart Percy, but in his eagerness to hit a buzzer beater took a holding penalty on the play. It was the first of two undisciplined penalties for Gaunce in the game, the second of which earned him a short benching from George Burnett, and the first of four straight minor penalties that went against the Bulls.Posted Image
“I took a penalty, and if you're going to take a penalty that hurts the team you have to pay the price for that,” said Gaunce.
Learning to channel the raw emotions of a tough fought playoff series in a productive way is one of those things that comes with maturity. When speaking with Gaunce, who comes across as polished and well spoken (even immediately following a tough playoff loss), or watching him read the play in his own end - it’s easy to forget that he’s still a teenager.
In addition to his short stint riding the pine on Sunday, Gaunce has dealt with a significant helping of adversity this season. There was his percentage driven rough start to the campaign, there was a separated shoulder that cost him a month worth of games, and he’s also spent the latter half of the season adjusting to playing on the wing for the first time in his junior career. Each time he’s bounced back, made the necessary adjustments and elevated his game.
Burnett, while elaborating on his decision to bench his captain for a couple of shifts in the midst of a tight playoff game, expressed confidence that Gaunce would respond to this latest challenge in much the same way.
“We had a few questionable penalties today and that's not something that's part of our regular makeup,” Burnett explained. “[Gaunce is] a big part of our team, and I'm sure we'll get a great response from him on Tuesday night."
To be an elite two-way player at the Major Junior level - and Gaunce certainly is that, he led all draft eligible OHL forwards in even-strength points per game a season ago - you need perseverance. You need perseverance to work out with noted hard-ass taskmaster Gary Roberts all summer long too. It’s a helpful attribute that Gaunce and his teammates will have to draw on now as they look to recover from Sunday’s momentary postseason stumble this week.
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Posted 25 March 2013 - 03:55 PM

4 points in one game nice for a guy who is more about defense

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 01:01 AM

Its more his accleration, I think his overall skating speed is ok and there is the opportunity to improve since he is a big guy and has long legs, just needs to work on speed in confined area or so was said.

I think he has improved more so hopefully he can continue to improve.


One of his weaknesses was skating with and handling the puck at high speed.

Without the puck his skating should be fine if he keeps working hard to improve it.
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Posted 26 March 2013 - 09:40 AM

One of his weaknesses was skating with and handling the puck at high speed.

Without the puck his skating should be fine if he keeps working hard to improve it.


watching some of the highlights, I don't even think his skating is a problem, personally I think his skating is ahead of Sedins at the same age.
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Posted 26 March 2013 - 04:03 PM

One of his weaknesses was skating with and handling the puck at high speed.

Without the puck his skating should be fine if he keeps working hard to improve it.


I think his regular skating speed with or without the puck is fine.

He just needs to work on handling the puck at his highest speed, and his acceleration. Although both looked to have improved quite alot.
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Posted 26 March 2013 - 06:31 PM

Belleville lost 5-2 to Mississauga tonight. Gaunce had one assist. The series is now tied up 2-2, Game 5 is on Saturday.
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Posted 26 March 2013 - 06:45 PM

Can't remember, are they best of 5 series in the 1st round?
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Posted 26 March 2013 - 07:17 PM

Can't remember, are they best of 5 series in the 1st round?

The AHL is, not sure about CHL/OHL.
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Posted 26 March 2013 - 08:38 PM

The AHL is, not sure about CHL/OHL.


OHL is best of 7 all the way through the playoffs
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Posted 26 March 2013 - 11:39 PM

So Gaunce has points in all 4 games.

2G, 2A in the 1st game, and he has picked up an assist in each of the last 3 games. For 7 Points total in 4 games.

He's tied for 2nd in playoff scoring (With 4 other players, Graovac, Schiefele, Broadhurst and Laughton)
The only person ahead of them is Vince Trocheck with 8 pts.

Nice to see he is preforming when it matters.

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 01:12 AM

So Gaunce has points in all 4 games.

2G, 2A in the 1st game, and he has picked up an assist in each of the last 3 games. For 7 Points total in 4 games.

He's tied for 2nd in playoff scoring (With 4 other players, Graovac, Schiefele, Broadhurst and Laughton)
The only person ahead of them is Vince Trocheck with 8 pts.

Nice to see he is preforming when it matters.


Nice to see that this guy is doing all that, despite him being known for his defensive play.
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Posted 27 March 2013 - 06:21 AM

So Gaunce has points in all 4 games.

2G, 2A in the 1st game, and he has picked up an assist in each of the last 3 games. For 7 Points total in 4 games.

He's tied for 2nd in playoff scoring (With 4 other players, Graovac, Schiefele, Broadhurst and Laughton)
The only person ahead of them is Vince Trocheck with 8 pts.

Nice to see he is preforming when it matters.


You are only watching the score sheets. I follow the Steelheads closely (season tickets) and the Bulls and Guance have been awful the last two games. There is no way they should have lost and the Bulls first line has been completely dominated by Mississauga's in games 2 and 3. This series is a complete shock and Guance as the captain is taking a hit for that. There is still lots of time left but I wasn't impressed with him the last two.
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Posted 27 March 2013 - 06:39 AM

You are only watching the score sheets. I follow the Steelheads closely (season tickets) and the Bulls and Guance have been awful the last two games. There is no way they should have lost and the Bulls first line has been completely dominated by Mississauga's in games 2 and 3. This series is a complete shock and Guance as the captain is taking a hit for that. There is still lots of time left but I wasn't impressed with him the last two.

I don't think you can call him out in the last 2 games stats never lie pal. In the last 2 games he's a 0g 2a -1. I'm not a die hard fan like you claim to be and i havent attended every game like you but I'm pretty positive that one of his - was from an empty net goal last game. Seeing that gaunce has been in on 2 of the 3 goals that Belleville has scored in the last 2 games and has been in on 7 of the 15 goals that the bulls have scored along with being included in a 5 way tie for 2nd in playoff scoring with 7 pts it sure looks as if the bulls are better off with him than without him.

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 07:01 AM

I don't think you can call him out in the last 2 games stats never lie pal. In the last 2 games he's a 0g 2a -1. I'm not a die hard fan like you claim to be and i havent attended every game like you but I'm pretty positive that one of his - was from an empty net goal last game. Seeing that gaunce has been in on 2 of the 3 goals that Belleville has scored in the last 2 games and has been in on 7 of the 15 goals that the bulls have scored along with being included in a 5 way tie for 2nd in playoff scoring with 7 pts it sure looks as if the bulls are better off with him than without him.

STATS DON'T LIE


The Sedins have been scoring at 1PPG the last four playoffs, yet they have taken a lot of heat for underperforming.
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Posted 27 March 2013 - 07:08 AM

The Sedins have been scoring at 1PPG the last four playoffs, yet they have taken a lot of heat for underperforming.

not from me they haven't. Every INTELLIGENT hockey fan knows that this team wouldn't have accomplished anything close to what we have done without the twins.
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Posted 27 March 2013 - 11:08 AM

I don't think you can call him out in the last 2 games stats never lie pal. In the last 2 games he's a 0g 2a -1. I'm not a die hard fan like you claim to be and i havent attended every game like you but I'm pretty positive that one of his - was from an empty net goal last game. Seeing that gaunce has been in on 2 of the 3 goals that Belleville has scored in the last 2 games and has been in on 7 of the 15 goals that the bulls have scored along with being included in a 5 way tie for 2nd in playoff scoring with 7 pts it sure looks as if the bulls are better off with him than without him.

STATS DON'T LIE


But Guance really isn't statistically awesome so you fight your own argument. Lots of guys outscore him. His upside has to do with his all around game. And I can tell you it didn't look good the last couple of games. They had a couple of blowout wins. The team didn't look good at all last night and the Grovac line didn't look good against the Brace line. Going on about how awesome he is in the playoffs based on one big game without objectively looking at it doesn't make him great in the playoffs.

I can't see the Bulls losing this series but it will be one of the biggest upsets in OHL history if they do. That's not a great thing to have on your resume as the team's leader.

I get that you're emotionally attached but objectively the Bulls have lost to twice in a row in the PLAYOFFS to a team that hasn't won ten games since Christmas and has one forward line and three D that you have to watch. Should be a piece of cake for a stacked team like Belleville.
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Posted 27 March 2013 - 12:10 PM

But Guance really isn't statistically awesome so you fight your own argument. Lots of guys outscore him. His upside has to do with his all around game. And I can tell you it didn't look good the last couple of games. They had a couple of blowout wins. The team didn't look good at all last night and the Grovac line didn't look good against the Brace line. Going on about how awesome he is in the playoffs based on one big game without objectively looking at it doesn't make him great in the playoffs.

I can't see the Bulls losing this series but it will be one of the biggest upsets in OHL history if they do. That's not a great thing to have on your resume as the team's leader.

I get that you're emotionally attached but objectively the Bulls have lost to twice in a row in the PLAYOFFS to a team that hasn't won ten games since Christmas and has one forward line and three D that you have to watch. Should be a piece of cake for a stacked team like Belleville.


Maybe cause Subban is overrated?
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