Gaunce dealt with a torn labrum in his left shoulder toward the end of the season, and it will require offseason surgery to repair, Jon Abbott of TSN 1040 reports. We now know the exact ailment that caused Gaunce to miss the final 15 games of the Canucks' season, but it remains to be seen how long rehabilitation from the surgery will keep him sidelined. Overall, it was a disappointing sophomore campaign for Gaunce, who managed no goals and five assists while averaging 9:29 of ice time over 57 games. Assuming he's totally healthy at the start of the 2017-18 campaign, he'll begin a quest to carve out a bigger role.
Gaunce (undisclosed) had a disappointing practice Thursday and remains day-to-day, likely ruling him out for Friday's contest against the Kings. Gaunce's mystery ailment is likely to keep him out for a 10th consecutive game, though it's quite possible that most fantasy owners haven't noticed. The 23-year-old has notched just one assist in the last 27 games he's played, so he's not worthy of consideration in basically any format.
Gaunce (undisclosed) will remain back in Vancouver, making him unavailable for the Canucks' next four games. At best, Gaunce will have seven more opportunities to tally his first goal of the season once Vancouver return to Rogers Arena on March 28. The winger has nearly tripled the amount of games he's played in this season, but is still averaging less than 10 minutes per contest and will continue to be a low-end fantasy option until he can secure more regular ice time.
Gaunce will be out for around a week due to an undisclosed injury he sustained during Thursday night's game against the Islanders. While the area of the injury itself is unknown at this point, Gaunce appeared to get hurt late in the first period Thursday when Nikolay Kulemin knocked Gaunce over and he slid hard into the boards. The 22-year-old was able to grit his way through the rest of the game. Regardless, he has no points since being recalled in mid-February, so he's not on the fantasy radar anyway.
Gaunce was called back up to the Canucks on Monday, John Shannon of Sportsnet reports. Gaunce had spent the entirety of the season in the NHL prior to being sent down to AHL Utica on Feb. 6. It wasn't a surprise to see him demoted, as the 2012 first-rounder only compiled a disappointing five points in 47 games with the big club, but he's nonetheless back to provide insurance in case Bo Horvat (leg) can't play Tuesday against the Penguins.
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