|No this isn't one of the players sons practicing with the team, he is a prospect.|
Gaudreau grew up playing hockey in The Swamp (New Jersey) until he left to play for the Dubuque Fighting Saints in the United States Hockey League. In his only season with the Fighting Saints, he led his team in scoring with 36 goals and 72 points in 60 games and finished 4th in league scoring. Gaudreau's offence helped the Fighting Saints win the USHL Championship (the Clark Cup) and for his efforts Gaudreau took home the USHL Rookie of the Year honours. It's worth noting that Gaudreau looks to be the same size as the Clark Cup:
lead all freshmen in scoring and finished just one point behind New York Rangers prospect, Chris Kreider, for the team lead. Kreider went on to join the Rangers for their playoff run and didn't look out of place in the NHL playoffs just to give you an idea of what type of season Gaudreau put up as a rookie.
The Boston College Eagles were a powerhouse last season and finished their season by winning their last 19 games of the season. It was no surprise that Boston College won the 2012 Beanpot Tournament and then won the National Championship Frozen Four tournament with Johnny Gaudreau playing a big role in these victories. Gaudreau once again picked up some offseason hardware and was awarded the Bill Flynn Trophy as Hockey East MVP in addition to being named the MVP at the Beanpot. Check out this beauty goal he scored in the National Championship game to give Boston College some insurance:
Gaudreau has the hockey IQ and blazing speed to get in and out of the heavy traffic areas without getting levelled and has been compared to another small-skilled player, Martin St. Louis. Gaudreau will have to add some muscle and bulk up if he wants to make it all the way to the NHL (now he's 5'8" and 153lbs!), but so far he has scored and put up points at every level he has played so this might not be a problem if he's going to be Marty St. Louis 2.0.
The 2012-13 NCAA Division 1 hockey season is just starting up and John Gaudreau will be one of the players I will be stat watching for as Boston College looks to repeat their great 2011-12 season. Gaudreau might not be a lock on a talented USA team at the 2013 World Juniors, but we hope he makes it as he would bring back memories of Nathan Gerbe at the tournament.