Looking for a player to dazzle you with pure offensive skill? Johnny Gaudreau is your guy. The diminutive winger turned more than a few heads during his freshman season with Boston College, racking up 44 points in 44 games.
In addition to sublime vision, Gaudreau handles the puck extremely well and is an excellent skater. He can be described as a pure scorer – as his goal totals will attest to – but his commitment to developing the defensive of his game has allowed coaches to place him in all situations.
To get the upper hand against players larger than him, Gaudreau has worked diligently on his strength training. He has put in a lot of work on improving his core strength, allowing him to dodge or absorb checks effectively.
2014-15: Played in all 11 playoff games for the Flames where he led the team with nine points and was tied for most goals with four ... Picked up three points (1G, 2A) and was a +3 in the clinching Game 6 tilt on Apr. 25 vs. VAN ... Recorded his first career postseason point (assist) on Apr. 17 at VAN and his first goal on Apr. 21 vs. VAN ... In the regular season, he was nominated for the Calder Memorial Trophy for NHL Rookie of the Year after leading freshmen in assists (40) and tying for the most points with 64 ... Led all NHL rookie forwards in ice time with 17:43 per game ... Recorded 14 multi-point games, including four multi-goal efforts ... Voted NHL Rookie of the Month for March and December ... Was chosen as one of six rookies to play in the NHL All-Star Game Skills Competition and was an injury replacement in the All-Star Game where he had two assists for Team Toews.