22-Year-Old Left Wing – Calgary Flames
Johnny Gaudreau Contract Information:
Gaudreau agreed with the Flames on a three-year, $5.55 million contract in April of 2014.
Gaudreau returned from the All-Star break in style, scoring a goal and adding an assist in Wednesday's 4-1 win over Carolina.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
The reigning Hobey Baker winner was downright dominant at Boston College his senior year, delivering 36 goals and 44 assists in only 40 games. He also scored in his Calgary debut, setting high expectations for the start of 2014-15. The slight (5-foot-7, 150 lbs.) winger could use some more muscle on his frame, but has a good chance of making the Flames in the fall. There's no question of his talent level, but it remains to be seen if he can endure the rigors of an NHL campaign.
Gaudreau is perhaps the top prospect remaining in the Flames' organization, but he will return to Boston College for his junior season after registering 51 points in 35 games in 2012-13. His star is on the rise after a sensational 2013 World Junior Championship where he led the tournament -- and his age group -- in goals.
Gaudreau seemed like just another small, fourth-round draft pick (2011) out of the USHL. That is, until he finished second in team scoring (Boston College) last year, one point behind the sexy Chris Kreider. Fast forward to the 2013 World Junior Championship and everyone knows his name. He was named to the tournament's all-star squad while representing the gold-medal winning US squad and his seven goals led the tournament. His combination of speed, skill and tenacity (and size) smack of Marty St. Louis. He has first-line upside, but is a few years away.