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1 hour ago, Phat Fingers said:

Granlund is our current Hansen who also plays center.  He doesn't have the same motor as Hansen, but better hands.  

 

Honestly I think its Sutter that needs to go.  He is where plays die.  Gaunce needs to do something.  He is consistent, but can't turn up the dial.  One speed isnt enough.  

 

He will always find a home as a pro player, but not in the NHL unless he plays every game like it is his last.  

 

Gaunce isnt better than Granlund.  Schaller was a miss, thank goodness Beagle and Rousel have worked out so well.  

 

Schaller over Gaunce... meh.  I hope Schaller gets moved at the TDL just to free up the space for McEwan who just might be better than anyone named in  the post.  

I'm hesitant to move Sutter until we have Gaudette fully up to speed. Feels more like a next year move to me. He hasn't had a great year (particularly since coming back from injury) but the guys a solid defensive player. And to be fair, 'offense' isn't really his role.

 

I view Schaller as our 13th, so I don't really want Mac replacing him only to sit in the press box (where I'm not opposed to seeing Gaunce there - with occasional spot duty).

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On 1/31/2019 at 6:55 AM, Phat Fingers said:

Gaunce needs to do something.

He's been probaby the Comets best two-way forward.  That should be enough to merit at least a callup.  At least over the likes of Schaller who's just collecting his paycheck after lucking out in having a career year in the last year of a contract.  Gaunce could've just pouted & sulked after being set down...but he had the right attitude and had a more consistant game in the AHL this season.  That kind of ethic should be rewarded.  Schaller on the other hand provides nothing that will be missed if he's out of the roster.

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5 hours ago, NewbieCanuckFan said:

He's been probaby the Comets best two-way forward.  That should be enough to merit at least a callup.  At least over the likes of Schaller who's just collecting his paycheck after lucking out in having a career year in the last year of a contract.  Gaunce could've just pouted & sulked after being set down...but he had the right attitude and had a more consistant game in the AHL this season.  That kind of ethic should be rewarded.  Schaller on the other hand provides nothing that will be missed if he's out of the roster.

That's great.  I hope Gaunce gets another look and plays with urgency.  He has all the right tools, but the intensity he showed pushing Trymakin up the Grind doesn't show on the ice.  

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Gaunce is doing great in Utica. Positive plus/minus, couple of shorties, tied for most GWG, filling up some part of the stat sheet every night. Too bad he can't catch a break.

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5 minutes ago, Where'd Luongo? said:

Gaunce is doing great in Utica. Positive plus/minus, couple of shorties, tied for most GWG, filling up some part of the stat sheet every night. Too bad he can't catch a break.

Gaunce needs to accept, that to be an NHL player, he needs to add being an agitator to his tool box.  He needs to be a bottom six guy, how (occasionally) fights, and always is hard to play against.  

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4 minutes ago, Where'd Luongo? said:

Gaunce is doing great in Utica. Positive plus/minus, couple of shorties, tied for most GWG, filling up some part of the stat sheet every night. Too bad he can't catch a break.

This is exactly what is supposed to happen if a team has lots of good/great prospects, i.e. many prospects don't have the opportunity to be called. This speaks volumes just how great of a job J.B. has done to fill the prospect pool and generate internal competition. 

 

I follow the Oilers. If Gaunce is an Edmonton property he would have been slotted to play with McDavid or centre the 2nd line. Edmonton fans would have gushed over his incredible ability to skate and back check and banter they should keep Gaunce and trade Jesse Puljujärvi. I am not joking. This is how pathetic Oilers' prospect pool is. 

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7 minutes ago, Maddogy said:

This is exactly what is supposed to happen if a team has lots of good/great prospects, i.e. many prospects don't have the opportunity to be called. This speaks volumes just how great of a job J.B. has done to fill the prospect pool and generate internal competition. 

 

I follow the Oilers. If Gaunce is an Edmonton property he would have been slotted to play with McDavid or centre the 2nd line. Edmonton fans would have gushed over his incredible ability to skate and back check and banter they should keep Gaunce and trade Jesse Puljujärvi. I am not joking. This is how pathetic Oilers' prospect pool is. 

Totally agree.  JB has brought in players, who are clearly better than Gaunce.  I could see Gaunce getting lots of love from Hitchcock.  Hitch likes players he can trust defensively.  That's Gaunce for sure.  

Gaunce for Poolparty?

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Canucks going to the Playoffs are going to need Gaunce.  A calm professional player with size like Gaunce is going to be a great black ace ready to roll.    

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8 minutes ago, Comeback_Kings said:

Canucks going to the Playoffs are going to need Gaunce.  A calm professional player with size like Gaunce is going to be a great black ace ready to roll.    

After the TDL, are we allowed to bring up players without worrying about them needing to clear waivers, when sending them back down again?

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5 minutes ago, Alflives said:

After the TDL, are we allowed to bring up players without worrying about them needing to clear waivers, when sending them back down again?

I think "black aces" are players who are called up from the AHL when NHL teams can expand their rosters when they make the playoffs.

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7 minutes ago, Alflives said:

After the TDL, are we allowed to bring up players without worrying about them needing to clear waivers, when sending them back down again?

I think so, but not 100%. I know they have to be "papered" down somewhere around game 65 or so, or they can't go down at all.

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1 hour ago, Where'd Luongo? said:

Gaunce is doing great in Utica. Positive plus/minus, couple of shorties, tied for most GWG, filling up some part of the stat sheet every night. Too bad he can't catch a break.

The problem is there are a lot of players who will play well in the AHL but can't see to translate that success to the NHL level. At least Gaunce has the defensive side of this game working for him, but in this day and age that's pretty much the minimum of what a player need to have to succeed. If we just wanted him to not be a defensive liability and didn't care about anything else, we might as well have just stuck with Megna.

 

Simply put, he hasn't brought anything that other players don't have. Horvat first stayed on the team largely because he could do faceoffs where our other centers could not. otherwise he may have been sent back to the CHL. Motte has stayed because he's arguably the hardest working player on the ice at times. Gaunce needs to find his niche because right now he doesn't have one.

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2 hours ago, Alflives said:

Totally agree.  JB has brought in players, who are clearly better than Gaunce.  I could see Gaunce getting lots of love from Hitchcock.  Hitch likes players he can trust defensively.  That's Gaunce for sure.  

Gaunce for Poolparty?

Hitch has Kassian playing with McDavid so Gaunce should find a spot on the 3rd or 4th line. 

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Was anyone else conscious of the fact Gaunce put up 3 pts in 3 games with the Canucks this season?

 

I knew he found his scoring touch in the A, but this was pretty surprising to me

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If and only if Gaunce has the hockey IQ of Beags....

 

I don't think the management has given up on Gaunce yet. 

If he develops into a prototypic 4th line center logging big minutes in defensive zones, that is the kind of the role they expect Gaunce to fill in for us. 

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26 minutes ago, LowerMainLander18 said:

If and only if Gaunce has the hockey IQ of Beags....

 

I don't think the management has given up on Gaunce yet. 

If he develops into a prototypic 4th line center logging big minutes in defensive zones, that is the kind of the role they expect Gaunce to fill in for us. 

His IQ is fine. He needs more bite and attack to his game.

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The truth with Gaunce is that he's probably not long for this organization after this year. There's a couple of things that he's gotta overcome at the end of this season that I don't think he will.

 

1) Gaunce was a Gillis pick. Not a Benning pick. So Benning doesn't have much of a "connection" to Gaunce, in terms of feeling a need to keep him. Much like Jensen, moving on from Gaunce won't be a hard decision for Benning. Evan McEneny is in a similar boat.

 

2) Schaller. If Schaller wasn't signed, Gaunce would have his spot right now. If the Canucks can't move Schaller by the deadline, chances are Gaunce will stay in the AHL for the rest of the year. Schaller doesn't appear to have any value right now, so I don't see him being dealt unfortunately.

 

3) Gaunce has played 116 NHL games yet only has 15 points to show for it. I think there's a legit argument to be made that Gaunce got rushed into the NHL in the 2016-2017 season. But I don't think that stat line makes upper management feel much better. Sure, Gaunce appears to have put it together at the AHL finally this year scoring at a nearly a PPG pace but he's also turning 25 in a month. He's getting on the old side for being a prospect.

 

That said... I won't be surprised if Gaunce either gets added as a piece to a deal on TDL or gets called up if a guy like Granlund/Schaller get moved.

 

I also expect the Canucks won't re-sign him this summer unless he gets called up and then goes on a career making run with the Canucks.

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He's never going to amount to much more than what we've already seen. Just another soft playing big body. Every team has half a dozen Gaunces playing in the AHL. Good enough in the AHL, not good enough in the NHL.

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14 hours ago, RonMexico said:

He's never going to amount to much more than what we've already seen. Just another soft playing big body. Every team has half a dozen Gaunces playing in the AHL. Good enough in the AHL, not good enough in the NHL.

Just like his brother.

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