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.
Gaunce was reassigned to AHL Utica on Monday. The 2012 first-round pick had spent the entire 2016-17 campaign with Vancouver, going goalless with five assists in 47 games. The Canucks will be hoping that Gaunce rediscovers his offensive touch in the minors, where he tallied 38 points in 46 games last season.
Gaunce has no goals and just four assists with a minus-1 through 45 games. Gaunce has obviously struggled offensively, but he has a 50.4 faceoff-win percentage. The youngster has also delivered 68 hits to help fantasy owners in pools with extremely deep rosters.
After Gaunce (undisclosed) took part in morning skate Saturday, he told reporters that he's hoping to play in the evening's contest against the Capitals. It's not clear what kind of ailment Gaunce has picked up, but the first-round pick of the 2012 draft hasn't been playing meaningful minutes anyway -- the 22-year-old is averaging 9:36 of ice time through eight games this season. The Canucks will shed light on his status closer to puck drop Saturday.
Gaunce has appeared in all seven of Vancouver's games, however he is only seeing an average of 9:44 of ice time per game. The 22-year-old just isn't seeing enough ice time to be considered a viable fantasy option in most formats at this point. Last season, Gaunce spent the majority of his time at AHL Utica, where he netted 17 goals and helped out on 21 more. In 20 games with Vancouver, the center lit the lamp just once.
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