Gaunce (shoulder) signed a two-year contract extension with the Canucks on Wednesday. It's a bit peculiar to see Gaunce -- who was exposed to the Golden Knights in the expansion draft -- not only re-signing, but signing a multi-year pact to stay in Rain City. The 2012 first-rounder, who underwent offseason shoulder surgery, has appeared in just 77 career NHL games, posting six points (one goal, five assists), but he's a versatile forward with ideal size at 6-foot-2, 217 pounds.
Gaunce (shoulder) was left unprotected by the Canucks ahead of Wednesday's expansion draft, TSN reports. Gaunce, who was selected by the Canucks in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft, has yet to make any big contributions in Vancouver and is coming off a 2016-17 campaign where he had just five points across 57 games. While he's still young at 22 years old and has time to develop further, his slow start to his NHL career was likely a big factor in the Canucks allowing him to go unprotected. Gaunce is also coming off offseason surgery to correct a torn labrum in his left shoulder, which certainly doesn't add any extra cause for Vegas to select him.
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.
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