Final Grade: C+
Vitals: 6'1" / 203 / Age 21 / Shoot L
Drafted by Avalanche, 2nd round (50th overall) of 2008 Draft
Joined Avalanche: Debuted against Nashville, February 12th, 2010
MHH Nicknames: Cameron Awesome
- Hunwick 5gp 0g 0a 0pt -2
- Holos 4gp 1g 0a 1pt -1
- Liles 2gp 0g 0a 0pt Even
Avs with Gaunce in the lineup: 0-9-2 (.090 pt %) 2.0 GF 4.18 GA
- TTOI 12:43 (15th)
- EV 11:09 (15th)
- PK 1:28 (12th)
- PP 0:06 (14th)
Career Highlights: Gaunce scored his first NHL goal (and point) against Pittsburgh's Marc-Andre Fleury on February 16th, 2011
Report: Cameron Gaunce was once a sort of forgotten prospect, stuck somewhere in-between the star prospects like Kevin Shattenkirk, Colby Cohen, and Stefan Elliott. The only guy in the prospect hopper with significant defensive upside, Gaunce showed up in an Avalanche uniform swinging. This is a guy who perceived malfeasance against one of his teammates while he was still in the penalty box and promptly stepped onto the ice and attempted to kick the guy's ass (he didn't succeed but that isn't the point), earning him 5 more minutes of isolation. A decent decision maker with a good outlet pass, Gaunce is a guy whose offense might reach 20-25 points in his prime but whose defense and physicality should make him a very valuable stalwart along the blueline for years to come. From his recent appearance at the OHL awards ceremony, we also know Gaunce handles pressure well and has a decently quick wit about him. A solid rookie season in which he played very well for Lake Erie and showed glimpses for the Avalanche, Gaunce should only continue to improve his game and his chances of making the Avalanche roster permanently.
Fun Fact: AJ loves him.
The Cameron Gaunce Drinking Game: Drink if Gaunce is your favorite player Drunk potential: Only for one of us
2010 Cap Hit: $845,833
2011 Status: Signed for two more years
Outlook for Next Season: Gaunce seems to have a lot of supporters out there in ‘Lanche Land. Based on his meager ice time (only Liffiton and Koci had less ice time on D), we're not sure that Joe Sacco is one of them. We kind of liked what we saw - especially his willingness to drop the gloves even if it meant getting his ass kicked - but we're not the ones making the decisions. We're just the ones doling out grades on some mystery curve and making passive aggressive suggestions to give guys like Gaunce more ice time.
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