Gaudreau was extended a qualifying offer by the Flames on Monday. Gaudreau avoided the sophomore slump by racking up an astonishing 30 goals and 48 helpers this season. Calgary is likely extending the offer as a formality and will look to lock up Johnny Hockey to a long-term deal as quickly as possible. One of the top young talents in the league, fantasy owners will certainly want to snatch up the 22-year-old, perhaps sooner rather than later.
Gaudreau notched a power-play helper and two PIM in Thursday's 7-3 win over Vancouver. Gaudreau is really pushing for his first 80-point season, as the winger is sitting just two shy with one game left on the schedule. The 22-year-old has two tallies and three helpers in his last three, and has truly blossomed into a star for the Flames. The 2011 fourth-round pick has equaled last year's 21 points on the power play, which shows he remains a threat on the man advantage, especially seeing close to four minutes on ice in those situations.
Gaudreau scored twice and fired five shots on goal in Saturday's win over Edmonton. With the two goals, the 22-year-old hit the 30-goal mark for the first time in his NHL career. Gaudreau has had a fantastic season, recording 75 points in 76 games. The Flames are out of playoff contention, but Gaudreau has scored four goals in his last six games, so keep him rolling.
Gaudreau will rejoin the lineup Thursday against the Kings, Wes Gilbertson of Postmedia reports. Gaudreau will retake his spot on the top line alongside Sean Monahan and Hunter Shinkaruk, and should be deployed as he would normally. The star winger will look to add to his team-leading 73 points on the campaign, but will need to beat a tough netminder in Jonathan Quick in order to do so. He's tallied one assist in two matchups with the Kings this season.
Gaudreau (upper body) is a game-time decision for Thursday's game against the Kings. Gaudreau has missed the Flames' last two games, but he obviously merits a lineup spot any time he takes the ice, approaching Thursday's contest with 73 points (tied for eighth in the NHL) in 74 contests to date.
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