Apr 10, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Boston College Eagles forward Johnny Gaudreau (13) scores a goal against Union Dutchmen goalie Colin Stevens (30) and defenseman Jeff Taylor (2) during the first period in the semifinals of the Frozen Four college ice hockey tournament at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

2014 Hobey Baker Award Winner Johnny “Hockey” Gaudreau Signs With Flames


Johnny Gaudreau, the 2014 recipient of the Hobey Baker Award (top NCAA mens’ hockey player) has signed an entry-level contract with the

Apr 10, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Boston College Eagles forward Johnny Gaudreau (13) celebrates his goal with teammate forward Bill Arnold (24) against Union Dutchmen goalie Colin Stevens (30) and defenseman Jeff Taylor (2) during the first period in the semifinals of the Frozen Four college ice hockey tournament at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Apr 10, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Boston College Eagles forward Johnny Gaudreau (13) celebrates his goal with teammate forward Bill Arnold (24) against Union Dutchmen goalie Colin Stevens (30) and defenseman Jeff Taylor (2) during the first period in the semifinals of the Frozen Four college ice hockey tournament at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

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.

 

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