Canadian national junior coach Brent Sutter was not impressed with Vancouver Canucks prospect Brendan Gaunce during the national team's get-together last month.
"He’s a big guy and he’s a ways away from being a pro player yet," Sutter said. "He’s a very defensive-oriented guy as far as understanding the game. He knows his limits offensively, but he’s a big power forward who’s a decent skater and he’s got some good skills. But I see him more as a third- or fourth-line player in the National Hockey League, more of a power guy." Gaunce's response: "Everyone has their opinions and he is obviously an established coach for the NHL and junior levels, and he knows what he’s talking about. And if that’s his opinion, that’s his opinion, I can’t change that. I think I’m pretty close. I mean, I want to see at camp and see day to day how I do, but I think I’m pretty close and I think I prepared this summer to be pretty close. That’s not something I should probably comment on further because I’m not a coach and I don’t want to comment on someone else’s opinion." Sep 7 - 11:28 AM