Cameron Gaunce - Josh Rasmussen/Texas Stars

 

Cameron Gaunce, D

Shoots: L

Height: 6-1

Weight: 203

Born: 1990-3-19

Hometown: Markham, ON, CAN

Drafted: 2008  by Colorado Avalanche, 50th overall

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

 

January 2014 - With the return of veteran defensemen Trevor Daley (ankle) and Sergei Gonchar (concussion), Gaunce was reassigned to Texas (AHL) on Jan. 9 after seeing an average of 13:50 in ice-time per game in his first nine contests as a Dallas Star. The 23-year old returns to a more involved role in Cedar Park, having skated in 28 games for the club, while posting seven points (one goal, six assists) and 25 penalty minutes this season. Given the injury track record for the Stars this season, Gaunce could be on nothing more than a conditioning assignment awaiting his next upcoming NHL opportunity. Clayton Bailey

 

December 2013 - Stars GM Jim Nill announced the team has recalled Gaunce from the Texas Stars (AHL) after Dallas continues to be decimated by injuries on the back end. He's appeared in 28 games in the AHL this season, recording seven points (one goal, six assists) and an even plus/minus rating. Clayton Bailey

 

June 2013- Gaunce is very sound defensively and that will be what earns him a spot in Big D, possibly as early as this coming season. Dallas can definitely use a defenseman who isn't a liability in his own end, something that has plagued the Stars in recent seasons. Gaunce will never be an offensive force, but he makes good decisions with the puck in the defensive zone, and he will earn loads of ice time due to his defensive play. Gaunce will put up enough hits, blocks, and PIM to be worth rostering in deeper multi-category leagues. Rex Doty

 

April 2013 – With the recent additions the Dallas Stars have made of prospect defenders, the future blue line has become a pretty imposing weapon. Gaunce will add size and nastiness back there along with shutdown abilities. As a more polished and ready prospect, it is safe to assume that he is on the cusp of securing a full time NHL job and with Dallas’ lack of meanness in front of Kari Lehtonen, Gaunce could be a very valuable piece to the team and to owners looking for hits, blocked shots and penalty minutes. Jason Banks

 

March 2013 - As expected, Gaunce is being weened as a stay-at-home, agitating rearguard. He holds plenty of upside in an Hits/PIM capacity, but will never post a 20-point NHL season. - Dobber

 

March 2012 – Gaunce does not possess the high end scoring or play making ability from the blue line. He does, although, have a polished game at both ends of the ice with a great physical style, grit, and a hard shot to go along. Gaunce is currently in his second season with Lake Erie (AHL) after spending three years in juniors in the OHL with Mississauga. He hopes his smart decisions and puck moving skills will get him to Colorado full-time. - Russ Bitely

 

 

Fantasy Outlook: D+

 

 

Gaunce has been handed a golden opportunity to redeem his future prospect value moving forward. His time is Dallas will provide one last legitimate scouting report to confirm if he's a top-6 NHL defenseman in the making or not. From being placed on waivers less than three months ago, he now has an opportunity to win a spot for significant playing for the remainder of the season.

 

 

Footage:

 

 

Cameron Gaunce sticks up for teammate during game with Avs on 3/24/2011.

 

 

 


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