Originally Posted by ericdaoust
If that happens it's probably best to sell high. A short tournament won't suddenly cut a few years off of his development time. And in fantasy hockey time is important.
Even though the OP is a Flames fan, it would be better to use Gaudreau's raised status in a trade. He's got some time before he hits the NHL (if he does).
But as to what I think of him? The kid is real smart. I've heard lofty comparisons of his IQ to being the best for an American prospect in a long time. I'm not sure whether I agree or not, but the point being his IQ is incredibly high. He's also very shifty, which is important for a small player.
Yes he is small, but he's hard to get a bead on for defenders. And he's playing quite successfully against competition that is generally regarded as bigger and stronger than the CHL.
So far the kid has succeeded everywhere he's gone. Will he continue? It's definitely a high possibility but he's got a chance at missing like almost every other prospect.
Like others said, in a deep league I'd keep an eye on him/store him on the prospect bench. In a shallower league you might want to wait as you can get stronger prospects. But he's definitely one to watch. I mean he's 4th in the entire NCAA for scoring, one of only three player's in the top twenty who have less than two year's previous NCAA experience, and the second youngest of the top 20 scorers (Riley Barber is the youngest, with 15 points in 12 games)
14T BiWeekly H2H. 4 C/RW/LW, 6 D, 2 G
Cats:G(3), A(1.5), +-(1), PIM(0.2), PPP(1), SOG(0.2), GWG(1), SHP(2), Hits(0.3), BkS(0.4). W(2), SO(2), OTL(0.5), SV(0.2), GA(-1), L(-1).
LW - Pactches, Benn, Ott, Foligno, Belesky
C - Staal, Thornton, M Richards, Giroux
RW - Ovie, Hossa, Callahan, Tara, Neil
D - Weber, OEL, Shatty, Seidenberg, Suter, Wiz, Beauch, Wiz, MacDonald
G - Lundqvist, Varlamov, Allen
Prospects - Schultz, M Rielly, Ramo, Brodin, RNH, Forsberg, D Shore, Trouba, Bjugstad
IR- RNH, Kulikov