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BLOG: Gaudreau looking to hit next gear in his game

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

CALGARY, AB -- In his first three NHL pre-season games, Johnny Gaudreau has fired off 13 shots on net and generated a handful of scoring chances.

Not too shabby for a 21-year-old who is going through his first training camp.

And while he is pleased with his performance thus far, Gaudreau is far from satisfied.

"I've had an alright training camp," he mused after Tuesday's pre-game skate at the Scotiabank Saddledome. "I think there's definitely better in me. Hopefully these next few games I can show that I am better than what I have been.

"I'd like to create a couple more scoring chances throughout the game. I've had a few the past three games but I've got to put some in the back of the net and create a couple more opportunities throughout the game."

Gaudreau will get a chance to generate a bit more offence tonight. The winger is slated to skate in the Flames pre-season battle with the Colorado Avalanche (7:00 PM MT, SN960 The FAN).

"I've been fortunate throughout training camp. I've had a lot of opportunities to play with a lot of talented players, play on the power play. They're giving me all the chances that I need to succeed.

"They're giving me another chance tonight. Hopefully I can show them that I can succeed at this level."

Gaudreau was the Flames' fourth round pick in the 2011 NHL Draft. He spent the past three seasons at Boston College, signing an entry-level contract with the Flames after his junior season came to a close this past August.

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