Gaunce developing leadership skills after return to Belleville

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    It took a couple of days for Vancouver Canucks’ 2012 first-round draft pick Brendan Gaunce to get over the surreal experience of suiting up with guys that he had previously only seen as pixels or images on a TV screen. But it’s all part of the growing process for the 19-year-old centre and will help in his continued development as one of the OHL’s top players.



    “It’s kind of crazy to see the guys that you watched on TV for so long and now you get to skate with them. After a while you just get used to it — it’s still hockey after all.… read more



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    I've been high on this kid from day one. I think he's going to be our 3rd line Center for years to come.
     
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    Really impressed me at camp. Its nice to think that we have 2 teenage centers in our system who look like they will be able to play in our top 9 for many years going forward
     
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    PRNuck Sell the team.

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    Too bad he's not developing his getting traded to a better team skills :S
     
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    Hi Mike, this is Brendan's dad calling.
     
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    PRNuck Sell the team.

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    :laugh: Not sure if you're yanking my chain (sarcasm detector's in the shop), but I meant junior team :p:
     
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    Much better suited on the wing and his play when moved there showed that
     
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    He looked like he saw the game well enough and has good size. He just needs to get his pace up to a higher level to really be an effective bottom six player. I'd also like to see flashes of assertiveness from him. He seemed to play a very cautious game in training camp.
     
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    As a young player moving up to the NHL, it is ALWAYS going to be easier to move to the wing. It does attest to his versatility as a player though.

    I could see him being a solid 3C, along with being able to move up and down the lineup to fill any needs we have
     
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    Barring injury, he'll play in the NHL... and be a good player in the NHL. Hopefully with the Canucks.

    Book it.
     
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    He has really disappointed so far in Belleville. Has not dominated like he should be. Really seems to be going through the motions and not stepping up.
     
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    Have you actually watched the games? Or are you just looking at stats?
     
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    Watched the games. I live in the area
     
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    what leadership, i read from some bulls fans that he looks kinda disinterested this year
     
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    In his look in the preseason this year, I'll agree that Gaunce did look better on the wing. If he does make a move there, he certainly won't be the last player to play center in junior then move to the wing. A lot of the time though its because that's the fastest track to the NHL as its a lot less responsibility, learning to be a center at the NHL level will come with a lot of growing pains.

    He has NHL size and perhaps the team doesn't project him as that all-around 3rd or 2nd line type center. If they think he's more effective as a role player perhaps a shift to the wing would be best as it would allow him to focus on playing as a physical role player and develop at the NHL level without hurting the team.
     
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    canuck4life16 It what it is-mccann

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    probably because he wants to play for NHL and nothing to prove in junior?
     
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    I haven't been too high on him.

    He's just...average.

    I don't know how else to say it.
     
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    He has a lot more to prove in junior. He's never been more than a PPG. That's pretty respectable but unless he shows more offensive improvement it's hard to imagine his ceiling being higher than a third liner. He needs to dominate junior.
     
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    Book what?
     
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    He's not going to wow you with skill, but looks like he'll be a steady, dependable top-9 guy.
     
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    Gaunce does not wow me. Hopefully he can carve a niche as a 3rd line centre in the future, but I fully expect him to stay in the AHL for a couple years before possibly making the team.
     
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    I thought he was impressive for a 19 year old in the pre season games, Im glad he will one day be in our bottom 6 at least.
     
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    I was hoping he would use this year to develop his creativity on offense... haven't been able to watch any games yet, but it's disappointing to hear this isn't the case.
     
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    Guy could probably play on our 4th line right now. Hopefully we see him get moved to a contender.

    And this quote:

    :laugh:
     
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    Hopefully he doesn't think that. He's never dominated Junior and that's a terrible attitude to have.
     

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