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Gaudreau to sign with Flames, make NHL debut Sunday in Vancouver

Apr 11, 2014, 5:16 PM EDT

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From the Boston Herald:

“Johnny Hockey” is headed to the NHL.

Boston College junior forward Johnny Gaudreau, who is all but assured to win the Hobey Baker Award as the nation’s top collegiate hockey player tonight at the Loews Hotel, has opted to skip his senior season with the Eagles. He will sign with the Calgary Flames.

Gaudreau will be picked up, along with his senior teammate Bill Arnold, and flown in the Flames’ corporate jet to Vancouver, where he and Arnold will begin their NHL careers Sunday in a game against the Canucks.

Gaudreau was drafted 104th overall in 2011 by Calgary. The 20-year-old is an immensely talented offensive player, but his size — hockeydb.com lists him at 5-foot-7, 150 pounds — has led to doubts about his ability to pile up the points in the NHL like he did at B.C.

Related: Gaudreau highlights Hobey Baker Hat Trick finalists

  1. atwatercrushesokoye - Apr 11, 2014 at 5:21 PM

    I’m looking forward to watching the game on Sunday to see a glimpse of what he can do. It’ll be interesting to see if the Flames keep him and Arnold together for the game and if so who they other winger on the line will be.

    In my opinion the benefit of him signing now is that he’ll get a glimpse, albeit very brief, of what an NHL paced game looks like, it’ll also give him a chance to work with the Flames strength coach for the entire summer to see if they can put a little more weight on his frame.

    • hockeyflow33 - Apr 11, 2014 at 11:17 PM

      Not to mention picking up a nice signing bonus before you start your summer.

  2. muckleflugga - Apr 11, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    as long as mcgrattan’s close-by things should be good

    could be a wide open affair with the intoxicating smell of persimmon polish filling the air

    six fore flames

  3. everyonesuksbutme - Apr 11, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    CRUNCH!!!

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