30 Prospects in 30 Days: Brendan Gaunce


With only 13 days left until the first round of the NHL Draft in Pittsburgh, we will be breaking down a prospect each day until June 22nd. Today, we will take a closer look at center Brendan Gaunce.


Courtesy of NHL.com

Center Brendan Gaunce, Belleville Bulls , 18 Years Old

Height: 6’2″, Weight:  215 pounds, Shoots: Left


NHL Central Scouting: 13th among North American skaters
TSN: 37th among all players


2011-12 Stats: 68 games played, 28 goals, 40 assists, 68 points, +4, 68 penalty minutes


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THE SCOOP: The Belleville Bulls of the OHL have been very successful at developing NHL-caliber players over the years. This year,  goaltender Malcolm Subban and his teammate, Brendan Gaunce, are both possible first round picks. Gaunce had a tremendous season with Belleville this past year by notching 68 points (28 goals and 40 assists) in 68 games. Speaking of the number 68, that is also how many penalty minutes he recorded in 2011-12. Many scouts have said that Gaunce is the best Canadian-born forward in this year’s draft. He is a very hard worker and uses his size to his advantage. He wins a lot of battles on the boards and can score in many crowded areas. In addition, he is extremely versatile. He was used on the penalty kill for Belleville in addition to the power play. He is not afraid to deliver hits or block shots, either. Gaunce really matured this year as he was elected as an assistant captain for the squad. What’s not to like about this guy? The one area where he could improve in is his skating. He does not accelerate quickly and does not have fast feet. However, he still should improve as his career goes on. The Scouting Report had this to say about him: “Gaunce is never going to be the type of player to wow you with dynamic offensive flair, but you can rest assured he brings more than enough to the table. As one of the top two-way forwards in the draft, Gaunce has developed into a player that a coach can feel confident in putting on the ice in any situation. He has good size and competes hard, winning lots of puck battles and being a difficult player to contain. His game is centered around his ability to do the little things and his intangibles, such as leadership, are qualities that separate him from others. Gaunce is still a very capable offensive player and has a good scoring touch, especially around the net. His skating still needs to improve, but his game has a lot of parallels to Ryan O’Reilly at the same age.” He has been projected to be taken in the first round by the Calgary Flames, Carolina Hurricanes, and the San Jose Sharks. There is a very good chance that Gaunce will hear his name called in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft. With his leadership skills and his on-ice performance, Gaunce is a great player to have in any NHL team’s system.




Previously Seen in “30 Prospects in 30 Days”:

May 23, 2012: Olli Maatta
May 24, 2012: Sebastian Collberg
May 25, 2012: Brady Skjei
May 26, 2012: Andrei Vasilevski
May 27, 2012: Scott Laughton
May 28, 2012: Jacob Trouba
May 29, 2012: Tomas Hertl
May 30, 2012: Thomas Wilson
May 31, 2012: Mikhail Grigorenko
June 1, 2012: Derrick Pouliot
June 2, 2012: Radek Faksa
June 3, 2012: Zemgus Girgensons
June 4, 2012: Cody Ceci
June 5, 2012: Malcolm Subban
June 6, 2012: Colton Sissons
June 7, 2012: Griffin Reinhart
June 8, 2012: Teuvo Teravainen