The Canucks have summoned some help from the farm today:
— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) January 8, 2019
Gaudette had appeared in three games for the Comets since being reassigned to the farm on December 29th. He scored one goal and two assists in this three games with all of those points coming in the January 5th contest against Cleveland. What also stood out about that performance in that game was a team-leading eight shots on goal, he as a force for that Comets in that game.
At this moment, we know that Elias Pettersson and Josh Leivo are unlikely to dress for the Canucks on Thursday night against the Coyotes, so it will be interesting to see how the Canucks deploy Gaudette. It’s fair to believe that he could get inserted into a top-six role and be looked upon to help create offence rather than being leaned on as a defensive centre, which is what he was doing with Brandon Sutter and Jay Beagle out. With both of those guys back and Gaudette showing some impressive skills in Utica, albeit in a limited sample, maybe the plan changes.
Gaudette has two goals and four assists in thirty-one games with the Canucks thus this season. To make room for Gaudette on the 23 man roster, the Canucks placed Elias Pettersson on injured reserve
— CapFriendly Transactions (@CF_Transactions) January 8, 2019
Pettersson will need to be on IR for a minimum of seven days but it’s fair to assume that they have backdated to when he suffered the injury.
As mentioned, the Canucks host the Coyotes on Thursday night and then the Florida Panthers on Sunday afternoon.