Brendan Gaunce - Belleville Bulls
6'2" - 210 LBS
DOB March 25, 1994
At 6'2 and 210 pounds, Gaunce already has the size to have a successful start at the next level. He all ready has an NHL caliber shot and is an excellent skater which all bodes well for the Markham Ontario native.
Gaunce has very good on ice vision and many believe he spews leadership qualities and will one day be a captain of his squad.
Selected with the 2nd overall pick in the 2010 OHL Priority Draft behind Alex Galchenyuk, Gaunce recorded 55 goals and 93 assists in 86 games for the AAA Minor Midget Markham Waxers which made him the highest scoring minor midget in Ontario.
Prior to Minor Midget, he was named a Toronto High School first team all star where he notched 4 goals and 17 assists in 17 games playing predominantly on defence.
In his rookie season with the Bulls he scored 11 times and added 25 assists in 65 games. His minus 31 may raise some eyebrows, but as is the case sometimes, it is the product of the team.
Gaunce played for Team Canada at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial in August where he scored once and added an assist in helping beat Sweden in the gold medal game. Gaunce also won gold at the World Under 17 in Winnipeg where he had 3 goals and an assist in 6 games. Upon his return from the Ivan Hlinka, Gaunce took part in the NHL Research and Development Camp in Toronto.
Gaunce is a team first guy with winning being the ultimate goal. His personal stats are secondary. He says all the right things as witnessed by this story in the Toronto Star.
Gaunce is also on the NHL players to watch list for 2011-2012. His brother Cameron is a Colorado Avalanche prospect.