Johnny Gaudreau, the 2014 recipient of the Hobey Baker Award (top NCAA mens’ hockey player) has signed an entry-level contract with the
Calgary Flames, who own his rights. College teammate Bill Arnold also signed with the Flames.
Gaudreau put up an astonishing 80 points in 40 games for Boston College this season, and also went on a 31-game point streak. Although he is only 5 foot 9 and 159 lbs, Arnold is 6 feet tall and weighs 218 lbs, which gave their team an incredible blend of size and skill. If the two play on the same line for the Flames down the road, you can bet that line will have great chemistry.
“Johnny Hockey” was drafted in the fourth round in the 2011 NHL Draft by the Flames and likely slipped because of his size. He then put up three impressive campaigns at Boston College and in 2013 played for USA in the World Juniors. He was also named to the tournament’s aAll-Star Team.
Although his size has been an obstacle for him, current Buffalo Sabre Cory Conacher can act as an inspiration. At 5 foot 8, Conacher worked his way up the ranks after going to a little-known Canadian college.
Gaudreau, along with Arnold, are just a couple of the rising young prospects in the Calgary Flames system.