Gaunce was assigned to AHL Utica on Thursday. Gaunce drew into the Canucks' lineup on two occasions during his most recent stay with the big club, tallying a single goal and two shots on goal in those contests. The 21-year-old will head to AHL Utica to continue his 2015-16 campaign, but will likely get another opportunity with the Canucks later this season.
Gaunce will make his NHL debut Thursday against the Stars. Gaunce, who tallied 29 points (11 goals, 18 assists) in 74 games with AHL Utica last season, is expected to skate alongside Jared McCann and Derek Dorsett on the Canucks' fourth line in Thursday's tilt. His stay with the big club may be short lived, however, as Brandon Prust (ankle) could return to action as soon as Monday against Philadelphia.
The Canucks have recalled Gaunce from AHL Utica. Canucks forward Brandon Prust reportedly has an ankle injury that will cause him to miss the next two games, so Gaunce will presumably step in to try and fill the void. At this point, his name is most recognizable in the Junior leagues and the minors, where he posted two points and six PIMs with the Utica Comets through five games prior to the call-up.
Brendan Gaunce has been sent back down to the OHL, News 1130 reports.
Despite remaining consistent in preseason play, it is looking like Brendan Gaunce may not start with the Canucks this season, Team 1040's Matt Sekeres reports. "Not sure the NHL is in his best interest right now", said GM Mike Gillis.
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