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Brendan Gaunce | Center

Team: Vancouver Canucks
Age / DOB:  (21) / 3/25/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 207

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The Vancouver Canucks have assigned Brendan Gaunce to the AHL.
The 21-year-old was Vancouver's first round pick, 26th overall, in 2012. He has one goal in two NHL games this season. He also has a goal and an assist in five games with the Utica Comets this season. Nov 5 - 7:53 PM

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Brendan Gaunce and Alex Biega will once again be scratched against the Pittsburgh Penguins Wednesday night.

This will make the second straight scratch for Gaunce who was recalled from the AHL Utica Comets on October 28. He made his NHL debut the following night and scored his first NHL goal against Arizona in his second NHL contest. Biega has yet to dress since being recalled from Utica in late October.
Nov 4 - 8:40 PM

Brendan Gaunce and Alex Biega will be healthy scratches in Monday's game against Philadelphia.

Gaunce, 21, has was Vancouver's first round pick, 26th overall, in 2012. He has one goal in two games this season. Biega, 27, played in seven games with the Canucks in 2014-15, but he hasn't played this year.
Nov 2 - 10:07 PM

Brendan Gaunce has one for the books, but the replay shows something slightly different.

It may look like a ripper from the slot, but the puck actually was a rebound that redirected off his skate and in. But hey, there's a reason why they say going to the net makes good things happen. And really, a goal is a goal is a goal. Congrats to the 21-year-old.
Oct 31 - 1:37 AM

Brendan Gaunce is set to make his NHL debut Thursday night.

Gaunce was called up by Vancouver on Wednesday. He has a goal and an assist in five AHL games this season.
Oct 29 - 12:59 PM

Brendan Gaunce has been summoned by the Vancouver Canucks.

This move was presumably made in response to Brandon Prust suffering an ankle injury on Tuesday. Gaunce has a goal and an assist in five AHL games in 2015-16.
Oct 28 - 4:41 PM

The Vancouver Canucks have sent Brendan Gaunce to the minors.

The 21-year-old was drafted in the first round in 2012. He spent the entire 2014-15 season with Utica of the AHL where he had only 11 goals and 29 points. If he is called up this season, it will be as an injury replacement.
Oct 3 - 10:32 AM

Brendan Gaunce scored two goals for Vancouver’s Young Stars team.

An important first step for him as he looks to make a strong impression to make the NHL roster. "I would not come outright and say I should be on the (Canucks)," Gaunce said. "But I definitely feel I can play at the NHL level. I want the Canucks to believe in me as well." There is some opportunity for younger players to make this roster, but the Canucks won’t rush their 21-year-old. Gaunce had 11 goals and 29 points last season.
Sep 13 - 11:04 AM

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.
Sat, Sep 27, 2014 11:42:00 AM

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

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