PITTSBURGH, PA -- It appears Calgary Flames fans will have to wait at least another year to see Johnny Gaudreau turn pro.
The 19 year-old Carneys Point, NJ product tweeted “Excited for my junior year with #bchockey” on Apr. 9, indicating he will wait until next spring to make his decision on whether or not to leave school to continue on with his hockey career. Until recently, he had been undecided on his plans for the 2013-14 season.
After wowing fans with a 44-point freshman season at Boston College, Gaudreau put together a career-season in his sophomore year. In 35 games in the 2012-13 campaign, the dynamic forward potted 21 goals and 51 points to lead all Hockey East skaters in scoring and his 1.46 points-per-game average led the nation. He scored six power play goals this past year and his six game-winning tallies is tied for second in the NCAA.
His outstanding performance with the Eagles this season has led to him to being named one of the three Hat Trick 2013 Hobey Baker finalists.
The finalists were selected from the initial list of 10 players by a 23-person selection committee and an additional round of online fan balloting. Criteria for the award includes displaying outstanding skills in all phases of the game, strength of character on and off the ice, sportsmanship and academic achievements. The winner will be announced Friday, Apr. 12 during the NCAA Frozen Four tournament in Pittsburgh.
Gaudreau missed just two games this season, suiting up for the USA in the 2013 World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia. He led the tournament in scoring with seven goals and captured gold.
The Flames selected Gaudreau in the fourth round (104th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft.