Adam Gaudette signed a one-year, $950,000 contract with the Vancouver Canucks on Monday.
The 24-year-old forward, who was a restricted free agent, scored 33 points (12 goals, 21 assists) in 59 regular-season games for the Canucks last season, and no points in 10 postseason games.
Gaudette said one of his areas of focus during the offseason has been improving his two-way game.
"I want to be like a Patrice Bergeron," he said Tuesday. "I grew up watching him play and he's [as] good offensively as he is defensively, in the [face-off] dot. That's somebody who I want to model my game after and I'm going to put in that work in the offseason to get myself to that level. Might not happen this year, it might not happen next year, but I know it'll come year after year."
Gaudette said he believes one way he can get there is by continuing to add muscle to help him win battles along the boards and in front of the net.
"It's the same thing every summer," Gaudette said. "I've got to fill out more and get stronger. That's always a major focus for myself. I think things come easier to myself when I put on weight (6-foot-1, 170 pounds) and I get stronger, it helps me with the speed. Every time I have time to work out and train and I come back for another season I feel better than I did at the beginning of the offseason, so I'm approaching this offseason the same way as every year. I know what works, so trust the process and I'll be in a good spot come whenever the season starts."
Selected by Vancouver in the fifth round (No. 149) of the 2015 NHL Draft, Gaudette has scored 45 points (17 goals, 28 assists) in 120 games. He won the Hobey Baker Award, given to the top men's player in NCAA ice hockey, in 2017-18, when he led all players with 60 points (30 goals, 30 assists) in 38 games as a junior for Northeastern University.
"Adam has been an excellent young player for us and we are happy to have him continue his progress for another year in Vancouver," Canucks general manager Jim Benning said. "We look forward to his intensity and compete level continuing to be a great source of energy for our team."
Jayce Hawryluk also signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Canucks. The 24-year-old forward scored 22 points (10 goals, seven assists) in 26 games for the Florida Panthers and Ottawa Senators last season. He's scored 22 points (10 goals, 12 assists) in 68 NHL games.