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Should Brendan Gaunce be given a serious look for the 3rd line center position


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Should Gaunce be given a shot for the 3rd line center spot?

  1. Yes ( hes better suited for it then shroeder and lappy and manny should stay on the 4th) (45 votes [22.96%])

    Percentage of vote: 22.96%

  2. No (shroeder is more ready) (74 votes [37.76%])

    Percentage of vote: 37.76%

  3. No (manny and lappy should just switch between 3rd and 4th line) (77 votes [39.29%])

    Percentage of vote: 39.29%

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#1 Southpop45

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Posted 21 July 2012 - 09:26 PM

this year we got a rare opportunity to draft one of the prospects that scouts had said was" one of the most NHL ready players in the 2012 draft".

at 6'2'' 215 gaunce is certainly physically ready, the only question is can he translate his skill set to the nhl that qucikly

there is no doubt that guance is a good pick. worst case scenario you probably have a good, hard working, big third line center.

i think he should at least get a shot for the third line because hea raved for his complete two way game. the scouts had said he was the best two way forward available at the draft.

with kes out for the start of the season there is room for both schroeder and gaunce to at least show that they are capable of playing in the NHL.

in the end i think it is a good idea to give gaunce the 7 games and at least see what they have in him, same thing for jensen, if hes not ready send him down no harm done.

im saying this only because im sure if gaunce doesnt make the team this year i think he will the following year with manny likely not going to be resigned.

what do you guys think?

Edited by Southpop45, 21 July 2012 - 09:29 PM.

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Posted 21 July 2012 - 09:27 PM

Spell his name right, or no one will take you seriously
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Posted 21 July 2012 - 09:28 PM

sorry screwed up the name in the title
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Posted 21 July 2012 - 09:32 PM

If he's not excelling in junior..
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Posted 21 July 2012 - 09:32 PM

We shall see if he does well in training camp. Currently, Schroeder, Lapierre and Manny are before him in the depth chart and there is also the possibility of acquiring a third line centre later on.
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Posted 21 July 2012 - 09:35 PM

We will see at training camp.... but no need to rush him in. He has a year or two left of junior eligibility so he can develop his game there and then we can see if he needs time in the AHL or if he can make the jump to the NHL.

also you should add an option in the poll "No - we need to trade for a 3rd line center"
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Posted 21 July 2012 - 09:38 PM

Good luck with AV Coaching, he definitely won't let this happen.
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Posted 21 July 2012 - 09:38 PM

Too inexperienced.

Too physically immature.

Not ready to play against men and NHL speed.

I say no to the 3rd line or any position on the team for at least a minimum of 2 years.


Edit - After further thought, I'll rescind my critique of his physical immaturity. Kid has decent size.

I still stand by my assertion that he's not ready, or at the least, the Canucks have better options at the 3rd line center positions than him.

Edited by Sharpshooter, 21 July 2012 - 10:39 PM.

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Posted 21 July 2012 - 09:39 PM

Yeah if he is good I wouldn't count him out. We should give everyone and anyone who challenges for a roster spot a legitimate chance and a serious look.

But I don't think he's ready.
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Posted 21 July 2012 - 09:42 PM

If he has a really good camp he should be given a look. This team needs to give rookies a chance sometimes
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Posted 21 July 2012 - 09:43 PM

Sheesh have some patience.
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Posted 21 July 2012 - 09:49 PM

Rather have Malholtra/Lapierre on the third line
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Posted 21 July 2012 - 09:52 PM

Nope maybe in 2 years or more.

Schroeder could be an option.
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Posted 21 July 2012 - 09:55 PM

Another option of "Yes, but he has to earn his roster spot just like everyone else." I'm sure that looks would be had, maybe even to give him his 9 games, but as mentioned he needs to earn it, just like everyone else does. Good luck to him though, I like his upside.
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Posted 21 July 2012 - 09:59 PM

I say we shouldn't rush this kid and let him develop in the juniors for a year or two. But only training camp will tell
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Posted 21 July 2012 - 10:15 PM

Schroeder or Manny/Lappy will be in before him.

I think Lappierre will take it.

Edited by thehamburglar, 21 July 2012 - 10:15 PM.

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Posted 21 July 2012 - 10:17 PM

Training camp and pre-season will show the coaches who works best.
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Posted 21 July 2012 - 10:18 PM

not really but who knows
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Posted 21 July 2012 - 10:19 PM

I kinda think he is gonna be a bust
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Posted 21 July 2012 - 10:22 PM

i've been preaching this for a while now so good for you OP in bringing it up again

Like you said, he was one of the most NHL ready prospects in this year's draft. He is already physically mature. The only knock on him at the moment is his skating. But if he has worked hard this off season and has a good training camp he should get at least the 9 games
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Posted 21 July 2012 - 10:42 PM

Vigneault's Golden Rule = [(Player X's age) / 2] + [0.5 * (# of years played in AHL)]

If > or = the legal age to drive, possibly consider giving Player X a roster spot (beginning on the bench)
If < the legal age to drive, might as well trade him now--he will never crack the lineup long enough to make an impression
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Posted 21 July 2012 - 10:43 PM

Too inexperienced.

Too physically immature.

Not ready to play against men and NHL speed.


I say no to the 3rd line or any position on the team for at least a minimum of 2 years.

The same was said about Hodgson last summer. Gaunce has already spent 2 years at Gary Roberts Camp. He's back training there this summer. I think he has a legitimate shot to make the team, but it would be better for his development to play in the WJC and play top minutes in Bellville.
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Posted 21 July 2012 - 10:44 PM

Zero chance he makes the team.
Even if he impresses in training camp.
Rushing him in won't help anybody.
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Posted 21 July 2012 - 10:46 PM

I say no. It is very much possible for Gillis to pick up a third line centre in the Luongo trade that should eventually occur, and even with Kesler out, Schroeder and Lapierre can temporarily centre the 2nd and 3rd lines (interchangeably), with Malhotra on the fourth.

Gaunce is physically ready for the NHL, but there's no need to rush him, as he needs to develop his skating ability. As far as I know, a skater needs to be on the ice to practice skating, so it's best to have him go to the minors for a little while. It also saves us a year on his ELC, should that be a pertinent matter.
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Posted 21 July 2012 - 11:00 PM

Knowing the Canucks, he can be as ready as possible but he won't make it first year with our development team, not a chance except of we got Yakupov or Murray.

Our development process highly restricts players stepping in right away as they will get minimal minutes to none (scratched), especially with AV, so they'd rather have him playing top minutes in the minors / juniors to improve his game.
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Posted 21 July 2012 - 11:13 PM

this year we got a rare opportunity to draft one of the prospects that scouts had said was" one of the most NHL ready players in the 2012 draft".

at 6'2'' 215 gaunce is certainly physically ready, the only question is can he translate his skill set to the nhl that qucikly

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with kes out for the start of the season there is room for both schroeder and gaunce to at least show that they are capable of playing in the NHL.

in the end i think it is a good idea to give gaunce the 7 games and at least see what they have in him, same thing for jensen, if hes not ready send him down no harm done.

im saying this only because im sure if gaunce doesnt make the team this year i think he will the following year with manny likely not going to be resigned.

what do you guys think?


Correct me if I'm wrong but isn't it 9 games.
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Posted 21 July 2012 - 11:18 PM

Correct me if I'm wrong but isn't it 9 games.


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Posted 21 July 2012 - 11:37 PM

Yeah if he is good I wouldn't count him out. We should give everyone and anyone who challenges for a roster spot a legitimate chance and a serious look.

But I don't think he's ready.

Agreed, as he's physically ready for an NHL role but could develop a little more mentally before being put in against NHL players. Unless he surprises it's back to junior.
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Posted 21 July 2012 - 11:49 PM

We'll give Gaunce a look, but the only way he gets a sniff past preseason is if he has a mind-blowing camp. He shouldn't be on the team. I don't think he's ready, and he needs more time to develop.

I think it's more likely Mallet could make the team. He's 2 years older and ready to turn pro.
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Posted 21 July 2012 - 11:54 PM

Our bottom two lines are desperate for secondary scoring and I doubt Lappy or Malholtra will score much if at all..if Gaunce starts off with a hot hand he should get a long look...esp on the power play.
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