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Canucks sign first-round pick to entry-level deal

Aug 13, 2012, 4:14 PM EDT

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The Canucks took care of a little business today getting 2012 first-round pick Brendan Gaunce locked into his three-year entry-level deal.

Gaunce is a 6’2″ 205 pound centerman who had a breakout season with the Belleville Bulls of the OHL last season. He scored 28 goals and added 40 assists for the Bulls last season putting him on the map as a top prospect. The Canucks locked him up with the 26th overall pick in the draft.

Chances are most likely he’ll spend another year or two in Belleville before getting a longer look in Vancouver. Having guys like Henrik Sedin and Ryan Kesler at center help bottle things up a bit for younger guys, just ask Cody Hodgson.

  1. elvispocomo - Aug 13, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    While he likely won’t make the team out of camp and will be given time to develop – unless he surprises beyond expectations – it’s nice to see a prospect with size already at his age. He’ll be a good center in future if he’s developed properly.

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