Calgary Flames GM Jay Feaster told Sportsnet in December that he hoped the World Junior Hockey Championships would be Johnny Gaudreau’s coming out party.
Well Jay, if that last week is any indication…he’s out.
The Boston College star and Hobey Baker candidate, after a slow start, is ripping up the World Juniors and has seven goals to show for it. Not to mention slicing up a little humble pie for our Canadian Kids Thursday, much to our chagrin.
Gaudreau, a later round draft-pick, seems to play his best when it matters most. Another example was his play for the Golden Eagles in the NCAA Frozen Four in 2012. He may not be big, but his heart and hands are something special.
Feaster says when other NHL teams come talking trade, they mention Gaudreau first and often. Well they can forget it. His next home will be Scotiabank Saddledome when the time is right.
Here in the land of Oil, we often hear of Nuge, Nail, Hallsy, Schultz and Ebs, and rightly so. Yet in Calgary Johnny G is coming of age and will be welcomed with open arms, and you’re going to hear a lot more about him in the coming years.