|Assets:||Has ideal size (6-2, 215 pounds) for the center position, as well as plenty of two-way acumen. His playmaking skills also stand out. Can line up on the wing, as well.|
|Flaws:||Must continue to work on his skating stride, since he isn't always as fluid as he should be. Must also learn how to become a more consistent performer as a pro.|
|Career Potential:||Talented two-way forward with upside.|
|9/27/2013||Returned to his junior team (Belleville-OHL).|
|5/02/2013||Recalled from Belleville (OHL).|
|9/14/2012||Returned to his junior team (Belleville-OHL).|
|8/13/2012||Signed by the Vancouver Canucks to a three-year entry-level contract.|
|6/22/2012||Drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in the 1st round (26th overall) in 2012.|
Brendan Gaunce scores after moving to wing | 09/09/2013 9:33 AM
NewsBrendan Gaunce scored on Sunday after he was switched from center to the left wing.
ImpactThe Canuck prospects down the Edmonton Oiler prospects 4-2 on Sunday with Gaunce getting Vancouver started as his goal cut the Oilers lead in half at 2-1. Gaunce also chipped in with two assists. He had struggled early on as he was less than stellar in the Canucks first rookie game after a rather mediocre performance during Team Canada's U20 get-together in August in which coach Brent Sutter said that Gaunce was "a ways away from being a pro player". He has not been using his size and physicality and that has been an issue with Team Canada and early in camp. Gaunce projects to be a third line center with the chance to move up to the second line at a certain point in his career. He had 33 goals and 60 points in 60 games with Belleville of the OHL last season.
Brendan Gaunce doesn't impress junior coach | 09/07/2013 11:28 AM
NewsCanadian national junior coach Brent Sutter was not impressed with Vancouver Canucks prospect Brendan Gaunce during the national team's get-together last month.
Impact"He's a big guy and he's a ways away from being a pro player yet," Sutter said. "He's a very defensive-oriented guy as far as understanding the game. He knows his limits offensively, but he's a big power forward who's a decent skater and he's got some good skills. But I see him more as a third- or fourth-line player in the National Hockey League, more of a power guy." Gaunce's response: "Everyone has their opinions and he is obviously an established coach for the NHL and junior levels, and he knows what he's talking about. And if that's his opinion, that's his opinion, I can't change that. I think I'm pretty close. I mean, I want to see at camp and see day to day how I do, but I think I'm pretty close and I think I prepared this summer to be pretty close. That's not something I should probably comment on further because I'm not a coach and I don't want to comment on someone else's opinion."
Canucks eye adding Brendan Gaunce next season | 05/25/2013 11:08 AM
NewsCenter Brendan Gaunce is a possibility to make the Vancouver Canucks next season, though the 19-year-old still has a year's junior elegibility remaining and has yet to attend an NHL training camp.
ImpactSpeaking about Gaunce, Vancouver general manager Mike Gillis said: "He's going to be given every opportunity to make our hockey team. He's really moved along. He's very responsible at the junior level. But he's a young player and when you start introducing young players into your lineup, people need to be patient. He and others are going to be given great opportunities and we'll see what they do with them." Gaunce is an intriguing prospect because he already has an NHL body - 6-foot-2, 215-pounds.
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