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A former leading scorer at prep power Thayer Academy, Adam Gaudette brought his game to a whole new level in his draft year with the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders.

The Braintree, Mass. native really stood out at the Beantown Summer Classic and then again at the USHL Atlantic Challenge. He was active in the offensive zone, won a lot of battles for loose pucks and had a quick, hard release. Mark Carlson, his coach in Cedar Rapids, believes Gaudette will become even more of a threat once he bulks up.

"His upside is very high. Once he adds more muscle to his frame, he'll be able to get to the net more and win more puck battles," explained Carlson.

Gaudette, who finished the season with 13 goals and 17 assists in 50 USHL games for Mark Carlson's team, made a sharp climb from the midterm to final rankings. He was ranked 187 by NHL Central Scouting at the midterm before soaring to 108 in the final listing.

Perhaps most impressive was his +23 plus/minus, a remarkable number for a rookie in the USHL. Gaudette was a player that Carlson felt comfortable rolling out onto the ice in all situations.

"His +/- was exceptional. He was dependable. His hockey sense is very good at both ends of the rink," said Carlson, who also raved about his exceptional work ethic. "He just gets after it."

Gaudette was originally slated as a 2016-17 recruit for Northeastern, but with the recent departure of Mike Szmatula from the Huskies program, he could be brought in early. Gaudette is a good prospect who will likely be given the chance to grow in college hockey before signing a deal.

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lol, Some folks around here need to look past the end of their noses. These players being picked are in the development stages of their careers, they're not NHL ready, few are. Many of the up and coming prospects the Canucks have have had to be developed over time.
Even then ,few make it.

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Here's hoping.

lol, Some folks around here need to look past the end of their noses. These players being picked are in the development stages of their careers, they're not NHL ready, few are. Many of the up and coming prospects the Canucks have have had to be developed over time.

Even then ,few make it.

And they all have a limited chance to even play in the NHL ever. Doesn't mean we have to be excited about it.

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Yeah, this pick is giving me good vibrations.

Good Vibrations Gaudette

works for me

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Can you make a better OP please? Would like some more info on this kid. Doubt he ever makes it. Wonder why Benning picked a player that looks like he'll never make it.

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Benning is pissing me off. Hes not taking a chance on a homerun pick and keeps takingng safe players. We already have too many of these players

Think he took quite a risk on that russian Dmitri Zhuderov (w/e it is) that was a 4th pick ?

Benning shouldn't take all risky players all the time....

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I did a little "web scouting" on Gaudette this morning:

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http://digital.hockeyjournal.com/nxtbooks/seamans/nehj_201506/#/16


An intense, hard-working forward who shows a lot of character in not backing down under adversity. A mobile and edgy skater, but needs to improve his explosiveness with the puck. Makes smart plays under pressure, never wanting to make a mistake; sometimes a bit too careful, holding onto dead plays, but this is not a problem that will be hard to curb. Likes to go hard to the nets. Needs to get stronger and more physically astute along the boards. Never backs down and never gives up; he thrives under adversity and pressure, and finds ways to come up big in the game's critical moments. All-in-all, a forceful two-way forward that can be counted on for stability and energy when his team is lacking the spirit to surge forward. (Curtis Joe, EP 2015)

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=203361#sthash.UN6kUvoF.dpuf

23. Adam Gaudette, RC, 6-0/172, ’96 – It’s hard to believe Gaudette, a junior at Thayer, has not received more attention than he has after an impressive season during which he led Thayer to the Elite 8 and finished second in the league in scoring with a 29-38-67 line in 27 games played. Gaudette, from Braintree, Mass., is a fluid skater with excellent hockey instincts. He is clever and has good lateral movement but lacks high-end speed. He is also slight and, at the Beantown, was not a factor in the dirty areas, despite his efforts. Gaudette was injured for practically all of his junior season, so this past season, in which he was one of the elite forwards in prep hockey, was a bit of a coming-out party for him.

http://www.ushr.com/news/20140301

96 F Adam Gaudette – Cedar Rapids Rough Riders – Northeastern

Height: 6’1, Weight: 175

Athletic playmaker with offensive tools and a ton of upside. As he grows into this frame, Gaudette could be a revelation in the USHL with the Rough Riders, as he is an offensive force with the ability to create high-percentage plays in stride and play physical as well.

http://overtheboards.net/recruiting-notebook-recruits-shine-at-the-beantown-classics-pro-division/

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^ Thanks for posting!

Seems like a bit of a project but he is a hard worker so that will help him overcome all the work he needs to do to make the NHL. Unfortunately it seems like if he does in fact make it, it will be as more of a energy forward. Which isn't bad but you'd always like someone with a little more upside.

I could be wrong though, I can't wait to see how he progresses over the next year.

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I think with some time, and even physical maturity his game could easily emulate somewhat of an abrasive David Backes.

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5th Round 28th Pick.149th Overall.

USHL.

2014-15 stats_arrow.gif Cedar Rapids RoughRiders stats_arrow.gif USHL 50 13 17 30

Centre.

why bother. this is such a disgusting prospect thread. oh good for you, you clicked post first, now everyone gets to witness your laziness for years.

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why bother. this is such a disgusting prospect thread. oh good for you, you clicked post first, now everyone gets to witness your laziness for years.

Sorry but I'm not sorry. I couldn't find much to post on him when I was on my phone and was hoping others could contribute which is the entire point of the thread. But hey, if you want to be a condescending and patronizing morceau de merde over an online post for a 5th round prospect with slim chance of making it to NHL then be my guest! Edited by NHL'er

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Anyone see that tweet (Deleted now) Saying the only thing he hates more than Canadians is the Canucks....

"Grew up a Bruins fan, hard not to hate a rival team growing up!! #peoplearemean #GoCanucks"

Think he is saying this to cover himself now...

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Anyone see that tweet (Deleted now) Saying the only thing he hates more than Canadians is the Canucks....

"Grew up a Bruins fan, hard not to hate a rival team growing up!! #peoplearemean #GoCanucks"

Think he is saying this to cover himself now...

This is why Canucks fans are some of the most hated in the NHL. LEAVE THE KID ALONE HE IS ONLY 18 and was probably younger than that when he posted that tweet.......

Stupid Canucks fan giving us all a bad reputation

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Anyone see that tweet (Deleted now) Saying the only thing he hates more than Canadians is the Canucks....

"Grew up a Bruins fan, hard not to hate a rival team growing up!! #peoplearemean #GoCanucks"

Think he is saying this to cover himself now...

He said that because idiots on twitter were bashing him.

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Anyone see that tweet (Deleted now) Saying the only thing he hates more than Canadians is the Canucks...."Grew up a Bruins fan, hard not to hate a rival team growing up!! #peoplearemean #GoCanucks"

Think he is saying this to cover himself now...

If you got drafted by the Bruins you'd be a Bruins fans. Stop over analyzing a kids Twitter. Of course he hated the canucks he was a Bruins fan.

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