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Brendan Gaunce | Center

Team: Vancouver Canucks
Age / DOB:  (20) / 3/25/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 207
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The Vancouver Canucks have sent former first round pick Brendan Gaunce to Utica of the AHL.
The Canucks selected Gaunce with the 26th pick of the 2012 Draft. He had 31 goals and 72 points in 65 games split between Belleville and Erie of the OHL and then managed five goals and 16 points in 14 playoff games for the Otters. He needs at least a season of seasoning in the minors but could contend for a job with the Canucks as early as next year. Sep 27 - 11:42 AM

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Brendan Gaunce had two assists on Sunday after he was moved from center to the left wing.

The Canuck prospects down the Edmonton Oiler prospects 4-2 on Sunday with Gaunce getting Vancouver started setting up a goal that cut the Oilers lead in half at 2-1. He had struggled early on as he was less than stellar in the Canucks first rookie game after a rather mediocre performance during Team Canada's U20 get-together in August in which coach Brent Sutter said that Gaunce was "a ways away from being a pro player". He has not been using his size and physicality and that has been an issue with Team Canada and early in camp. Gaunce projects to be a third line center with the chance to move up to the second line at a certain point in his career. He had 33 goals and 60 points in 60 games with Belleville of the OHL last season.
Mon, Sep 9, 2013 09:33:00 AM

Canadian national junior coach Brent Sutter was not impressed with Vancouver Canucks prospect Brendan Gaunce during the national team's get-together last month.

"He’s a big guy and he’s a ways away from being a pro player yet," Sutter said. "He’s a very defensive-oriented guy as far as understanding the game. He knows his limits offensively, but he’s a big power forward who’s a decent skater and he’s got some good skills. But I see him more as a third- or fourth-line player in the National Hockey League, more of a power guy." Gaunce's response: "Everyone has their opinions and he is obviously an established coach for the NHL and junior levels, and he knows what he’s talking about. And if that’s his opinion, that’s his opinion, I can’t change that. I think I’m pretty close. I mean, I want to see at camp and see day to day how I do, but I think I’m pretty close and I think I prepared this summer to be pretty close. That’s not something I should probably comment on further because I’m not a coach and I don’t want to comment on someone else’s opinion."
Sat, Sep 7, 2013 11:28:00 AM

Center Brendan Gaunce is a possibility to make the Vancouver Canucks next season, though the 19-year-old still has a year’s junior elegibility remaining and has yet to attend an NHL training camp.

Speaking about Gaunce, Vancouver general manager Mike Gillis said: "He’s going to be given every opportunity to make our hockey team. He’s really moved along. He’s very responsible at the junior level. But he’s a young player and when you start introducing young players into your lineup, people need to be patient. He and others are going to be given great opportunities and we’ll see what they do with them." Gaunce is an intriguing prospect because he already has an NHL body – 6-foot-2, 215-pounds.
Sat, May 25, 2013 11:08:00 AM

Brendan Gaunce had a goal and two assists in the Belleville Bulls' 3-2 win over the Kitchener Rangers.

This was Gaunce's second straight three-point showing. He has 12 goals and 24 points in 28 OHL games.
Sat, Dec 29, 2012 09:49:00 PM

Brendan Guance notched a goal in Belleville's 2-1 shootout win over Guelph on Wednesday night.

This was his first game in just over three weeks after being sidelined with a separated shoulder. The Canucks' top pick from the 2012 draft has 10 points in 12 games.
Wed, Nov 14, 2012 09:48:00 PM

Vancouver prospect Brendan Gaunce will be out of action for three to six weeks with a second degree shoulder separation.

The injury occurred late in the third period of Friday's 3-2 loss to Sudbury. Gaunce has notched four goals and five assists in 11 games with Belleville to start the OHL season. The Canucks chose him with the 26th overall pick in the 2012 draft.
Tue, Oct 23, 2012 05:25:00 PM

Brendan Gaunce potted a goal in Belleville's 3-1 win over Oshawa on Saturday.

The Canucks' 2012 first-round pick now has four goals and four assists on the year. The center put up 68 points in 68 games last year.
Sat, Oct 13, 2012 09:26:00 PM

Brendan Gaunce had an assist in Belleville's 2-0 win.

The Canucks' first-round pick in this past draft has three goals and four assists on the year.
Fri, Oct 12, 2012 10:04:00 PM

Brendan Gaunce notched a goal and an assist for Belleville in its 5-3 win over Ottawa on Saturday.

The goal was his first of the season, to go along with four points. He was selected No. 26 by the Canucks in the 2012 draft and had 68 points in the OHL last year.
Sat, Oct 6, 2012 09:45:00 PM

Brendan Gaunce collected two assists in Belleville's 3-1 win over Sarnia on Friday night.

Gaunce was selected 26th overall in the past draft by the Vancouver Canucks, and he had 68 points last season in the OHL. Alex Galchenyuk, the 2012 third-overall pick by the Canadiens, had an assist for Sarnia in the losing effort.
Source: OHL.com
Fri, Sep 21, 2012 09:30:00 PM

Brendan Guance reached an agreement with the Canucks on a three-year, entry-level deal.

The 26th overall pick in the 2012 draft had 68 points and 68 penalty minutes in the Ontario Hockey League last season. Terms of the deal were not released.
Mon, Aug 13, 2012 05:04:00 PM

Brendan Gaunce has been taken by the Vancouver Canucks with the 26th selection in the 2012 draft.

Gaunce has one of the best work ethics in the draft class. He is a high-character player and a fierce competitor, willing to play at both ends of the ice. He was used in almost every situation this past season with Belleville and was one of the most valuable players in the OHL. He doesn't excel in any particular area in his offensive game, but he still managed to produce at a point per game pace in the 2011-12 campaign. He projects to add secondary scoring at the NHL level, which would be especially helpful for an already deep Vancouver team. The biggest question mark with Gaunce is his skating, as he doesn't possess great speed. However, he makes up for it by doing all the little things that NHL teams covet. Look for Gaunce to have an impact as a consistent two-way forward at the next level.
Fri, Jun 22, 2012 10:29:00 PM

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