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Flames Prospect Profile: Johnny Gaudreau

by Jeff Clemens / Calgary Flames
Johnny Gaudreau collected 39 points in 40 games as a freshman at Boston College in 2011-12

Flames Prospect Johnny Gaudreau is making quite a name for himself in the NCAA at Boston College.

A smaller player much like former Flames star Theoren Fleury, Gaudreau is only 5’6” and 141 pounds, he has shown that this may be a benefit by having people underestimate his skills.

“I really don’t like hearing that I’m too small and so I tend to let it go in one ear and out the other,” said Gaudreau.

“I use these comments as motivation to prove to people that they are wrong.”

This proof can be seen from the many awards and phenomenal play in college.

Gaudreau is a freshman and has already made his mark on the team by helping to lead the Boston College Eagles to their third straight conference crown.

It was Gaudreau’s two early goals that put the Eagles ahead and gave them what they needed to win the game.

It was Gaudreau’s performance that earned him the Hockey East MVP award; Gaudreau is only the fifth freshman to ever receive this coveted William Flynn award.

This has been a great year for Gaudreau as he also won the Beanpot MVP award in the annual Beanpot tournament that pits the four Boston schools against one another.

Despite having such a strong season Gaudreau has remained humble over the accolades he has received.

“It’s been a great experience, I’ve been playing with great players,” said Gaudreau.

“The position I’ve been in with great coaching and players have helped me to be successful.”

Boston College was not the first location that Gaudreau was going for college but it was a place he always hoped to attend.

“It was definitely the Coach (Jerry York) that helped me make my choice, I grew up watching him and Boston College,” said Gaudreau.

“I’ve just always wanted to go there and the whole coaching staff helped me make my decision.”

It was Flames prospect camp that Gaudreau feels helped him to be in a better position for playing at the high level of NCAA hockey.

“It was a really great experience being at camp, I think it helped a lot in getting me ready for college,” said Gaudreau.

“I was really excited to be there and to play.”

Thanks in part to Gaudreau, Boston College enters the NCAA at the top seeded spot and is a favorite to win the annual Frozen Four tournament.

“I’m very excited for the tournament, we’re a very close team and we’ve been playing very well together,” said Gaudreau.

“There’s always pressure in being number one but we’re just going to take it one game at a time.”

Boston College played their first game against Airforce on Saturday.

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