Johnny Gaudreau was drafted in the 4th round, 104th overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by the Calgary Flames. Not many NHL stars were drafted in the 4th round and especially not point per game players. According to the Calgary Flames web site, Johnny stands 5’9″ tall. He looks shorter than that and that is on skates. We will just have to believe the Flames web site until proven differently.
2017-18 marked the first season with his new contract which will pay him $6,750,000 through the 2021-22 season. In his fourth full season with the Calgary Flames, Johnny enjoyed his most productive season to date, posting 24 goals and 60 assists for 84 points. His 84 points led all Flames in scoring, Sean Monahan was second in scoring with 64 points. 24 of his points came on the powerplay, another career best.
The Calgary Flames made a few changes in the off season. The Flames acquired James Neal from the Vegas Golden Knights as a free agent. They also made a huge trade with Carolina bringing in Elias Lindholm and Noah Hanifin. The main player on his way out of Calgary is Dougie Hamilton.
Johnny Gaudreau played on a line with Sean Monahan and Michael Ferland at even strength last season. With the departure of Ferland to Carolina that means newly acquired James Neal could see top line action with Gaudreau and Monahan. This would be the best case scenario for Johnny, even he wants it to happen.
“I think he’s gonna be a great addition to, hopefully, our line. I think that would be a great fit for me and Mony — a strong player who can shoot the puck,” Gaudreau said in an interview with the Cherry Hill Courier-Post. “Me and Mony have played together for four or five years now. We know each other really well on the ice and Neal would just be a great addition to our line. “Hopefully we can do some big things together.”
The Flames didn’t make the post season last year. With the new additions and the subtraction of troubled defenseman Dougie Hamilton, the Flames chances of returning to the playoffs have increased. I wish Johnny all the luck next season, except when he plays the provincial rival Edmonton Oilers. 🙂