Matt Gaudreau, the younger brother of Calgary Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau, on Tuesday signed an amateur tryout contract with Bridgeport, the American Hockey League affiliate of the New York Islanders.
Matt Gaudreau had 35 points (eight goals, 27 assists) in 40 games with Boston College this season, leading them in assists and finishing second in scoring. The 22-year-old forward had 63 points (16 goals, 47 assists) in four seasons at Boston College.
"It's great," Johnny Gaudreau said after Flames practice Monday. "We're really close. I'm really happy for him. I know he's went through some ups and downs throughout his career in college. He started his freshman and sophomore year not playing much. This season he worked hard. He deserves it. I'm really happy for him and wish him the best. Hopefully he gets into a couple games here the rest of the season and I can watch and see how he does."
Johnny Gaudreau, 23, who played at Boston College from 2011-14 and was selected with the No. 104 pick in the 2011 NHL Draft, has 58 points (17 goals, 41 assists) for the Flames this season.
"Just have fun with it right now," Gaudreau said. "Not many players get to sign a professional contract and play in a professional league like he's getting the chance to do. Just enjoy it and make the most of it because there aren't many games left in the season and have a good summer. I'll be pushing him to hopefully make a spot and have a good spot next fall."
NHL.com Correspondent Aaron Vickers contributed to this report.