Gaudreau was waived by the Penguins on Sunday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
Gaudreau played exclusively in minors last season, logging 42 games with AHL Milwaukee and accruing 28 points. The 27-year-old is on track for a similar fate this season with AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
Gaudreau inked a one-year, two-way contract with Pittsburgh on Saturday.
Gaudreau played in 55 games for Nashville last season in which he registered three goals, one assist and 43 shots while averaging 9:01 of ice time. While the 25-year-old center will likely get a chance to secure a spot on the 23-man during training camp, he would have to make a significant impression with team brass to unseat the likes of Zach Aston-Reese or Sam Lafferty.
Gaudreau skated just 9:58 in Thursday's 3-1 win over the Kings, finishing with zero points on two shots and a minus-1 rating.
Gaudreau has been in and out of the lineup over the last few weeks. The 25-year-old Quebec native didn't miss a game between Nov. 1 and Jan. 10, but he's been a healthy scratch 11 times in the past 26 games. With just four points on the season, Gaudreau's fantasy value remains minimal at best.
Gaudreau notched just his fourth point of the season with an assist in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Coyotes.
Gaudreau has long been one of the better performers at the AHL level, but the Preds just haven't put him in a position to excel offensively with the big club. He continues to skate on the fourth line, averaging just 8:59 in ice time, and he was a healthy scratch twice in January. Gaudreau's got talent to burn, but an offensive breakout does not appear imminent until he gets promoted to more of a scoring role.
Gaudreau notched his third goal of the season in Monday's 6-3 win over the Capitals.
Even with the injuries the Predators have suffered this season, Gaudreau's ice time remains limited, as he's averaging just 8:28 per game on the team's fourth line. Despite the offensive flair he's shown at the AHL level over the years, the Preds are obviously intent on bringing Gaudreau along slowly. He remains a long-term fantasy play at this point.
Gaudreau posted zeros across the board for the second consecutive game in Thursday's 2-1 loss to the Flyers, and saw ice time of just 8:02.
Before joining the Preds on a full-time basis this season, Gaudreau had been one of their better players at the AHL level, cracking the 40-point plateau in three consecutive seasons with the Milwaukee Admirals. However, the team continues to bring him along slowly, giving him limited minutes centering the fourth line. Now with just a pair of goals in 27 games this season, Gaudreau won't see any real fantasy value until the Preds decide to move him up to a top-six role, where he can make better use of his offensive skills.
Gaudreau scored a goal -- his first point of the season -- in Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Blues.
Well, it took 13 games, but Gaudreau finally got on the board after banging home a point shot by Anthony Bitetto just 6:14 into the first period. Sadly, however, Gaudreau finished the game with ice time of just 6:59 as he continues to skate mainly on the Preds' fourth line with Miikka Salomaki and Kevin Fiala. While it's nice to see him crack the scoresheet, he still doesn't move the fantasy needle in most formats.
Gaudreau skated a season-low 6:33 in Saturday's 1-0 win over the Bruins.
This was just the fifth time in the lineup for Gaudreau this season, following a stretch where he sat out nine of the first 11 games as a healthy scratch. Gaudreau has oodles of offensive talent (43 points in 54 games last year with AHL Milwaukee), so one has to wonder exactly what the Preds are thinking here, keeping him stapled to the bench when he could be seeing a lot more ice time playing in the minors. Either way, he is obviously not worthy of any fantasy attention at the present time.
Gaudreau sat out Thursday's 3-0 win over the Jets as a healthy scratch.
Gaudreau has only played in two games this season, averaging a paltry 7:11 of ice time. The 25-year-old Quebec native has been a solid contributor for AHL Milwaukee in recent years, but has yet to show anything meaningful at the NHL level. At this rate, he could find himself heading back to the minors very soon. He is not worthy of any fantasy attention at the present time.
Gaudreau will start the season on the active roster, The Tennessean reports.
On Tuesday, coach Peter Laviolette suggested it was time for Gaudreau "to make a case that he belongs here on a full-time basis", an indication that the team may be running out of patience with the 25-year-old center. Gaudreau, who tied for third in scoring at AHL Milwaukee last season, has been knocking at the door for a couple of seasons now, but he has failed to make much of an impact at the NHL level. If he fails to impress yet again, it won't take long for the team to ship him back to Milwaukee for more seasoning.
Gaudreau scored just three points in 20 games during the 2017-18 season.
Gaudreau was much more productive at AHL Milwaukee this season (22 goals, 21 assists in 54 games) than he was in Nashville. However, considering he saw fewer than 10 minutes of ice time per game in a fourth-line role, his lack of production is quite understandable. Gaudreau has been one of the more consistent scorers for the Admirals over the past three seasons (133 points in 195 games), so it's probably just a matter of time before he graduates to a full-time, top-six role with the big club. Keep him on your radar screens.
Gaudreau and eight others were called up from AHL Milwaukee on Friday.
The Predators are allowed to make this bulk transaction involving "Black Aces," which describes players that have been called up to hockey's highest level following the conclusion of their AHL campaign. Gaudreau and Harry Zolnierczyk are the biggest names of the bunch, but the following players will also be shuttled to the NHL: forwards Brandon Bollig, Tyler Gaudet and Emil Petterson; defensemen Alexandre Carrier, Frederic Allard and Petter Granberg; plus goalie Troy Grosenick.
Gaudreau was relegated to AHL Milwaukee on Saturday.
Gaudreau's demotion Saturday comes on the heels of the team's activation of Viktor Arvidsson (undisclosed) off injured reserve. The 24-year-old forward will continue to hone his craft with consistent ice time at the AHL level in anticipation of another recall at some point when the Predators are in need of another forward.
Gaudreau was recalled from AHL Milwaukee on Tuesday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
Tuesday's recall marks the fourth time this season that Gaudreau has made the trip back to the big club from the minors. It's unclear at the moment if the 24-year-old will draw into the lineup for Tuesday evening's contest against the Golden Knights, but even if he does, he's unlikely to emerge in a top-six role. He shouldn't be counted on for fantasy production until he can consistently receive meaningful playing time at the highest level.
The Predators reassigned Gaudreau to AHL Milwaukee on Sunday.
Gaudreau's demotion indicates Ryan Ellis (knee) could be ready to make his season debut Tuesday against the Golden Knights. The 24-year-old forward will return to a prominent role with AHL Milwaukee, where he's notched two goals and 10 points in 14 contests this campaign.
The Predators recalled Gaudreau from AHL Milwaukee on Saturday.
Gaudreau has done well in the minors this season, notching two goals and 10 points in 14 contests, but he's only managed to pick up three helpers in 17 games with the big club this campaign. He'll likely slot into a bottom-six role for Saturday's matchup with the Wild.
Gaudreau was reassigned to AHL Milwaukee on Wednesday, Adam Vingan of The Tennessean reports.
As Vingan notes, Gaudreau's demotion leaves the Preds with 13 active forwards so that could mean that Ryan Johansen (upper body) or Scott Hartnell (lower body) is healthy enough to play Wednesday in Vancouver. Updates will be given regarding their status and Gaudreau will remain a candidate for an additional recall while skating with Milwaukee.
Gaudreau recorded an assist in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Stars.
Gaudreau still spends most of his time centering the Preds' fourth line. As a result, his fantasy value will remain confined to very deep formats until he gets promoted to a scoring role. Given how stacked the Preds are offensively, that doesn't appear to be happening anytime soon.
Gaudreau was promoted from AHL Milwaukee on Monday.
Through seven games with the Admirals this season, Gaudreau has compiled one goal, three helpers and a plus-3 rating. Following the move to bring in Kyle Turris, the Preds are pretty stacked down the middle of their lineup which means Gaudreau will either be watching from the press box or will move over to one of the wings. With Austin Watson (suspension) out, Gaudreau will likely serve as an emergency depth option against Winnipeg on Monday.
Gaudreau was reassigned to AHL Milwaukee on Saturday.
The Preds acquired center Kyle Turris in a three-team trade that saw Matt Duchene leaving the Denver airport for Ottawa, and Gaudreau has drawn the short straw by getting bumped down a rank. The rookie simply needs to refine his game having only appeared in 19 regular-season contests the past two seasons, and he'll almost assuredly be shuttled back to the parent club if (more likely, when) injuries strike up front.
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