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Will Gauncer make the team this year? Seem's like a good chance if he can pickup his scoring in the first 9 games of the season.

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I like the way he gets in on the forecheck and retrieves the puck, IMO the strongest asset of his game last year. His board play was also strong for a rook, looking forward to seeing him on the 4th line next year. Hopefully he can improve his skating and go from there. 

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I once had high hopes for Gaunce; looks like he'll make the NHL, but any offense we hoped from him likely won't appear. Still, if he can play a shutdown 4LW role, and maybe chip in on occasion, that's all you can hope for.

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16 hours ago, Captain Woodget said:

I once had high hopes for Gaunce; looks like he'll make the NHL, but any offense we hoped from him likely won't appear. Still, if he can play a shutdown 4LW role, and maybe chip in on occasion, that's all you can hope for.

I think it's too soon to give up on his offensive potential. He probably won't score 30 goals or 60 points but I think he can still chip in 20 goals and 40-50 points.

 

If we sign a legitimate RW to play with the Sedins, we can use Sutter as a shutdown center. I think Gaunce-Sutter-Hansen will be an effective checking line. 

 

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4 hours ago, khay said:

I think it's too soon to give up on his offensive potential. He probably won't score 30 goals or 60 points but I think he can still chip in 20 goals and 40-50 points.

 

If we sign a legitimate RW to play with the Sedins, we can use Sutter as a shutdown center. I think Gaunce-Sutter-Hansen will be an effective checking line. 

 

I would be absolutely shocked if he gets close to 20 goals and 40-50 pts. Not trying to put him down or anything.

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seems to trust anyone he plays with. so it's easy for his teammates to trust him and build chemistry with... who does'nt like a guy that always passes them the puck?

and for that reason i can see him play on any line for the canucks.

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On 31 May 2016 at 10:54 AM, Captain Woodget said:

I once had high hopes for Gaunce; looks like he'll make the NHL, but any offense we hoped from him likely won't appear. Still, if he can play a shutdown 4LW role, and maybe chip in on occasion, that's all you can hope for.

He does think that he is more suited to play in a shutdown role at C4.  When Granlund signed Benning made the comment that he noticed other teams are using their 4th line to develop top-9 players.  It kind of suggested a different role for the 4th line with Granlund at C4.  

 

Gaunce played mostly with Horvat before injuries moved him to C.  It sounds like WD wants to keep Horvat in his checking role but this time around with defensive wingers, so maybe LW3 could be a spot for Gaunce next year.

 

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Gaunce is our Higgins replacement with a better ability to play center. 

 

I could see him being a tweener that gives us depth and strong 2 way play. He could get 20 goals if he played more top six minutes, but would be good anywhere in the line up depending on injuries. 

 

Producing tweener forwards has been a Vancouver specialty. Gaunce is the latest version,  He will be underrated, un. Appreciated and extremely valuable in the coming years. 

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20 hours ago, Eastcoast meets Westcoast said:

Gaunce is our Higgins replacement with a better ability to play center. 

 

I could see him being a tweener that gives us depth and strong 2 way play. He could get 20 goals if he played more top six minutes, but would be good anywhere in the line up depending on injuries. 

 

Producing tweener forwards has been a Vancouver specialty. Gaunce is the latest version,  He will be underrated, un. Appreciated and extremely valuable in the coming years. 

That is very sad. Not that Vancouver hasn't ever produced any skilled players, but in past years it's been grinder city in here. I really hope we draft someone with world class skill and let him flourish here.

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3 minutes ago, suitup said:

That is very sad. Not that Vancouver hasn't ever produced any skilled players, but in past years it's been grinder city in here. I really hope we draft someone with world class skill and let him flourish here.

Gaunce has plenty of skill.  He's just a sluggish skater, so he can't play the rush skill game.  Plus, define skill.  JV is one of the best body checkers, and fastest skaters in the league.  Are these not skill world class skills?  OV has world class skill for scoring goals.  Has he won a Cup?  What's Toews' world class skill?  

Gaunce has a really high hockey Q.  Is that not a skill?  

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Just now, Alflives said:

Gaunce has plenty of skill.  He's just a sluggish skater, so he can't play the rush skill game.  Plus, define skill.  JV is one of the best body checkers, and fastest skaters in the league.  Are these not skill world class skills?  OV has world class skill for scoring goals.  Has he won a Cup?  What's Toews' world class skill?  

Gaunce has a really high hockey Q.  Is that not a skill?  

You're right Alfy, perhaps I should've been more clear. Skill I meant as in playing a more finesse game. Like the Sedins, Kane, Crosby, Malkin, Kuznetsov, Tavares, Giroux, McDavid, and like you mentioned, Ovechkin and etc... Does it make more sense now? 

 

Gaunce is a great prospect, but he's definitely not skilled in THAT way...

 

Also I'm not really sure what you're trying to imply by asking me if OV has ever won a cup. Are you trying to insinuate that we don't need skill to win a cup? If so, I'm not really sure how you got there from my post. All I'm saying is that I wish in the last decade and a half or so, we develop a player with elite skills (yes, the kind that I just explained to you) because I recognize that in order to win a cup, you need both skill AND toughness.

 

And quite frankly, I'm starting to get a little tired of you putting down other posters for wanting more skill on our team. What's wrong with wanting more skill on our team? All we've got are the Sedins and that's pretty sad. Nobody is saying if we ice a team of skilled players with no physicality on the roster, we'll be able to win a cup. If we want to win a cup, we need a blend of both.  

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6 minutes ago, suitup said:

You're right Alfy, perhaps I should've been more clear. Skill I meant as in playing a more finesse game. Like the Sedins, Kane, Crosby, Malkin, Kuznetsov, Tavares, Giroux, McDavid, and like you mentioned, Ovechkin and etc... Does it make more sense now? 

 

Gaunce is a great prospect, but he's definitely not skilled in THAT way...

 

Also I'm not really sure what you're trying to imply by asking me if OV has ever won a cup. Are you trying to insinuate that we don't need skill to win a cup? If so, I'm not really sure how you got there from my post. All I'm saying is that I wish in the last decade and a half or so, we develop a player with elite skills (yes, the kind that I just explained to you) because I recognize that in order to win a cup, you need both skill AND toughness.

 

And quite frankly, I'm starting to get a little tired of you putting down other posters for wanting more skill on our team. What's wrong with wanting more skill on our team? All we've got are the Sedins and that's pretty sad. Nobody is saying if we ice a team of skilled players with no physicality on the roster, we'll be able to win a cup. If we want to win a cup, we need a blend of both.  

I am not intending to insult anyone's opinion.  My apologies if my comments gave that impression. :rolleyes:

i see elite "finess" as useless, unless that player is also mentally tough.  Gaunce is clearly mentally tough.  I think that's part of JB's getting guys with character - mental toughness. 

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He's going to make the team and pick a better number than 50.

 

Sedin Sedin Hansen

Baertschi Sutter (UFA)

Virtanen Horvat Etem

Granlund Gaunce Dorsett

Rodin, Burrows

 

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Benning said all season in regards to Gaunce and Shinkaruk he'd like to leave them in Utica for 2 or 3 years until they're over ripe and can step right into an impact role in Vancouver.

Shinkaruk is gone now but I won't be surprised if the same plan remains for Gaunce. He'll probably be injury call up #1 but if their choice is to have him in Utica or as a 13th skater in Vancouver, my bet is he goes to Utica.

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10 hours ago, Alflives said:

I am not intending to insult anyone's opinion.  My apologies if my comments gave that impression. :rolleyes:

i see elite "finess" as useless, unless that player is also mentally tough.  Gaunce is clearly mentally tough.  I think that's part of JB's getting guys with character - mental toughness. 

Haha yeah mental toughness is one of the things that separates the ones that make it and the ones that don't right?

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3 minutes ago, suitup said:

Haha yeah mental toughness is one of the things that separates the ones that make it and the ones that don't right?

You don't think guys like the Twins, P.Kane and Johnny hockey aren't mentally tough?  

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51 minutes ago, Alflives said:

You don't think guys like the Twins, P.Kane and Johnny hockey aren't mentally tough?  

I do, I was agreeing with you in my post. 

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11 hours ago, Alflives said:

I am not intending to insult anyone's opinion.  My apologies if my comments gave that impression. :rolleyes:

i see elite "finess" as useless, unless that player is also mentally tough.  Gaunce is clearly mentally tough.  I think that's part of JB's getting guys with character - mental toughness. 

as opposed to the shady character, mental weaklings other GM's covet?

 

Brilliant!! Thank you for pointing out the genius of JB, Gillis would have never come up with a strategy that clever.

 

Hey, maybe we'll just collapse 5 guys right to the net off every face off this year, just block shots, like having 5 goaltenders? We are bound to score a couple when the puck deflects off our players faces and goes the length of the ice to catch the other goalie napping.

 

That would REALLY be putting our mental toughness to good use, only character guys block shots right? Sweet! Renew my Seasons tickets pronto! This will be so much fun to watch...

 

 

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On 31/05/2016 at 4:54 AM, Captain Woodget said:

I once had high hopes for Gaunce; looks like he'll make the NHL, but any offense we hoped from him likely won't appear. Still, if he can play a shutdown 4LW role, and maybe chip in on occasion, that's all you can hope for.

 

On 01/06/2016 at 1:50 AM, shazzam said:

I would be absolutely shocked if he gets close to 20 goals and 40-50 pts. Not trying to put him down or anything.

Look at the growth in his production in just his second year in the A. 

It would seem to suggest that there's some room for growth at the NHL level as well.

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