Gaunce posted his first goal of the season - and second of his NHL career - while also adding an assist in Friday's 4-3 loss against the Islanders. The light-scoring defenseman entered the game with just one goal and three points across 27 NHL contests, so this was a very unexpected offensive showing. Don't get terribly excited about this multi-point performance. He is not worth using in most fantasy pools.
Gaunce was promoted from the minors Wednesday. Gaunce's call-up comes at the expense of Derrick Pouliot, who was sent back to the Baby Pens in a corresponding roster move. With the infusion of experienced defenders at the trade deadline, Gaunce has found himself on the outside looking in. In order to crack the lineup, the 26-year-old would need to knock off Chad Ruhwedel, which might be a tough task.
Gaunce was reassigned to AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Wednesday. With the Penguins acquiring defenseman Mark Streit from the Flyers (through the Lightning) and Derrick Pouliot receiving a recall Wednesday, there was no more room for Gaunce in the NHL. The Ontario native was largely ineffective during this stint with the big club, posting just two shots on goal, four penalty minutes and a minus-2 rating in three games.
Gaunce was called up from AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Friday. Gaunce's promotion comes at the expense of Olli Maatta (hand), who was lost for the next six weeks. The 26-year-old Gaunce logged three games in mid-January in which he averaged just 13:17 of ice time, but still managed to record a pair of helpers. The Ontario native will likely be competing for ice time against fellow blueliners Chad Ruhwedel and Steven Oleksy.
Gaunce was reassigned to AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Tuesday. Gaunce impressed during his three-game stint in Pittsburgh with a pair of helpers and a plus-3 rating. However, with Kris Letang cleared to return to action, Gaunce was the odd man out and will return to the minors where he will likely spend the rest of the season, barring additional injuries.
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