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Player Profile: Johnny Gaudreau

We take a closer look at one of the Flames bright spots this season.

Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Johnny Gaudreau
Left Wing
5'-9" 157lbs.
Shoots Left
Born August 13, 1993 in Salem, New Jersey
Drafted 104th Overall in the 4th Round by the Flames in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft

(Stats from the Flames website)

In his last 5 games Johnny potted 2 goals and 3 assists for a total of 5 points and averaged just over 3 shots on goal per game in that stretch..

According to the Flames website, Gaudreau appeared in 79 games this season and had 30 goals and 48 assists to lead the team in scoring with 78 points. That was also good enough to place him 7th in NHL scoring and he played 3 games less than almost everyone ahead of him.

Johnny's post-season comments included him mentioning that he is frustrated not making the post-season for the possibly first time in his career.

Johnny Hockey was a big part of the Flames offense this season, and was especially exciting to watch in the new 3-on-3 overtime set-up as talked about in an earlier Matchsticks article by Mark Parkinson.

Gaudreau and fellow linemate Sean Monahan enjoyed great success this season together, as they did last season and, coincidentally, both players are up for new contracts, as discussed in my earlier article where Craig Conroy talks about the Flames future.

Johnny played college hockey for the Boston College Eagles where he was consistently averaging at least a point per game. His best season by far was the 2013-14 season where he scored 36 goals and 44 assists for 80 points in just 40 games.

An article by Traci Kay here on Matchsticks talks about one of the biggest highlights this season for Flames fans and the social media world which came on April Fool's Day when a young recipient of a prank gone wrong was rewarded big time by Johnny.

I have no doubt in my mind that Johnny will definitely be back for another great season...question is will it be short-term or long-term as the Flames have a lot of contract negotiating to do this off-season.