subject: Adam Gaudette showing shades of Ryan KeslerPosted: 10:42pm, Aug 27, 2017
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The top two centres in the Canucks prospect pool come from miles apart. One was picked fifth overall; the other was picked in the fifth round. One is a skilled Swedish playmaker; the other is a gritty American two-way forward. One is already playing professional hockey against men; the other is still in the NCAA.

Adam Gaudette made sure he wasn’t overshadowed by Elias Pettersson at Canucks development camp, however, Gaudette came back and scored a couple pretty goals of his own. And when Pettersson tried to get a bit too fancy behind the net,womens Julio Jones Jersey, making his presence felt at the team’s summer showcase scrimmage. When Pettersson scored two highlight reel goals,womens Devonta Freeman Jersey, Gaudette closed the gap and sat him down hard on the ice.

“He’s definitely a higher pick than me, show everyone that I can play at the same pace he can.”,” he said. “I’d like to show that I can compete at the level he’s competing

In many ways,Authentic Hau'oli Kikaha Jersey, hard-forechecking play is a nice balance to Pettersson’s finesse. It also brought to mind another past Canuck that complemented a highly-skilled Swede: Ryan Kesler., Gaudette showed how he can be a complementary player to Pettersson. His defensively-responsible

Is it unfair to compare Gaudette to a 40-goal-scoring,Authentic Garrett Grayson Jersey, sure-fire-Hall-of-Fame Sedins.,Authentic P.J. Williams Jersey, Selke-winning Kesler? Of course. Just like it’s unfair to compare Pettersson and Dahlen to the Art-Ross-winning

But in the case of Gaudette and Kesler, and,womens Pat Tillman Jersey, there are legitimate reasons to make the comparison. They play a similar style of game,they both have a penchant for powerplay goals, once Gaudette fills out his frame,, they’re likely to be about the same size. Both grew up in suburbia just a little ways outside a major NHL city:Authentic Patrick Peterson Jersey Livonia, MI for Kesler and Braintree, MA for Gaudette.

The similarities don’t end there: just look at each of their freshman season in the NCAA. Kesler scored 11 goals and 31 points in 40 games with Ohio State.Authentic David Johnson Jersey, Gaudette scored 12 goals and 30 points in 41 games for Northeastern. Kesler had 4 power play goals and 1 shorthanded goal. Gaudette had 5 power play goals and 1 shorthanded goal.

The major difference in their freshman years is that Kesler’s came in his draft year, they were only 10 months apart in age., while Gaudette’s came the year after he was drafted. Even still

After their freshman years, Kesler and Gaudette went in different directions. Kesler turned pro right away, splitting the 2003-04 season with the Canucks and Manitoba Moose, however, while Gaudette returned to Northeastern. womens P.J. Williams Jersey,Judging from his subsequent season, Gaudette could have turned pro: he racked up 26 goals and 52 points in 37 games.

One caveat: Gaudette was playing with the Hockey East Player of the Year and Hobey Baker finalist Zach Aston-Reese, so that likely helps his numbers. That said, the Huskies were missing the Stevens brothers for much of the year with injuries, so Gaudette was heavily relied upon and opposing defences could key on the top line with Northeastern lacking scoring depth.

Comparing Gaudette’s NCAA season to Kesler’s professional season becomes complicated, we can estimate how Gaudette would perform the season after his sophomore year., but there’s one way we can do it. Using Rob Vollman’s NHL equivalency numbers

NHL equivalency numbers are calculated by looking at how players have performed after directly making the jump from their respective leagues to the NHL. For the Hockey East conference this year,womens Hau'oli Kikaha Jersey, the number is 0.38: multiplying Gaudette’s points-per-game by 0.38 gives us an estimate of how he might perform in the coming year if he were to make the jump to the NHL.

Running this estimation for Gaudette gives us 0.534 points per game. Over an 82-game season,>womens Garrett Grayson Jersey, that’s 44 points.

Keeping in mind that it’s just an estimation and doesn’t take into account that he would be playing for the offensively-challenged Canucks, scoring 10 goals and 23 points in 82 games.,Authentic Pat Tillman Jersey, that’s a pretty encouraging number. It also dwarfs what Kesler did in his third year after being draftedwomens Larry Fitzgerald Jersey,

Does that mean that Gaudette could have a similar, if not better,womens Patrick Peterson Jersey,' but he definitely looks like he could be a strong third-line centre at the NHL level, future as Kesler? Not necessarily, capable of playing a similar role as Kesler before he erupted and become one of the best second-line centres in the NHL. womens David Johnson Jersey,But the Canucks are incredibly high on Gaudette.

“He’s been somebody I’ve kind of had in my back pocket for a couple years and now I can’t keep him secret anymore, Canucks director of player development.Authentic Larry Fitzgerald Jersey, “it’s amazing to see his strength and his stride coming together the way we thought it would.”,” said Ryan Johnson

Gaudette won’t be making the jump to the NHL this season, however, as he is returning to Northeastern for his Junior year.Authentic Devonta Freeman Jersey, Johnson respects his choice to return to the NCAA, because he knows it’s for the right reasons.

“Could he have come out this year and competed and done well? Yes, he wants to come out and hit the ground running.”,Authentic Julio Jones Jersey,” said Johnson. “But his intention is to put on some more weight and get stronger and he doesn’t want to come out and just survive or compete
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