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Canucks reassign Adam Gaudette to Utica Comets

Prior to their afternoon meeting with the Florida Panthers, the Canucks assigned centre Adam Gaudette to the Utica Comets:

This move was made to allow the Canucks to activate Josh Leivo from injured reserve and be available for this game. It appears that Leivo will in fact dress for the Canucks against the Panthers.

Gaudette scored in the January 10th game against the Coyotes, which was the final game before being re-assigned. In total, Gaudette has three goals and four assists in 32 games with the Canucks this season. He will head back to the Comets and likely slide back into a top-six centre role for them.

With Elias Pettersson expected to be back soon, another move will have to be made to make room for him on the roster. With that in mind, it was inevitable that Gaudette was going to be assigned to the Comets since he was the only player outside of Pettersson and Brock Boeser that is waiver exempt. So clearly the Canucks will have a decision on their hands in coming days to make room for EP.

Now, we just have to see if they can make more room for Gaudette as he had been playing well and appearing more confident with each passing game with the Canucks, although it was a short recall this time around.


    • truthseeker

      While he hasn’t produced much offensively, he has shown he can handle the work defensively and he hasn’t looked out of place at all.

      I’m hoping a Sutter trade happens, and the sooner the better. I’ve got no issues with Sutter. He’s OK. Strong defensive game and I think you’d have to be blind not to see how when he’s in it stabilizes the line up down the middle. But Gaudette did that too. And with Beagle back in I’m more than willing to lose the very minor advantages that Sutter brings over Gaudette at this point, to have Gaudette in the lineup and learning to contribute in the NHL. I don’t believe the AHL is going to “teach him to score” in the NHL. He’ll only get that (or not) by playing in the NHL.

      • Erik Lonnrot

        I’d rather lose Beagle and Sutter, but when you factor in the return I agree that trading Sutter looks like the right move. I don’t think we’ll see that kind of trade this year though (the kind that has a real return). I doubt the Canucks make the playoffs this year, but they’re close enough that someone whose job depends it so will continue to see it as a possibility and not do anything that might lower those odds.

  • jaybird43

    I am thinking that Tim Schaller will have to go down. Obviously, he would have to clear waivers … second choice would be Granlund, but I think he’s more valuable than Schaller.

  • kablebike

    In the long run, it is probably better for Gaudette to get more practice and playing time in the AHL. He should be the 3rd line centre next year following some trades prior to next season.

    • canuckfan

      Comets need a good center to get some of the other winger prospects going he is going to set the AHL on fire and will help the Comets get on a good run and share some success in the playoffs to get ready for next year.

  • Kootenaydude

    Gaudette has proven he can play with the big club. I’m pretty sure he understands it’s just a numbers game and he’s the guy that has to go down. I would rather see him play some bigger minutes in Utica, than see him back and forth all season. Leave him down until some trades get made. Call up Gaunce if the he’s just going to sit in the press box.

  • krutov

    with gaudette, gaunce, mcewen and maybe schaller shortly all available for call up, benning definitely has the ability to move pieces this tdl without worrying about shoring up the forwards roster.