I guess the pool over when Gaunce will score his next goal will have to stop for awhile, as he was sent down today to Utica.
This move has already sent ripples throughout twitterlandia as the adv stats crew really believe that Megna should have been sent down instead.
Brendan Gaunce is having a legitimately great year for a fourth line centre. Literally the only thing he hasn't done is score personally.— J.D. Burke (@JDylanBurke) February 6, 2017
Nothing against Megna but I’m just about done as a @Canucks fan. Just completely stupid keeping him over Gaunce— N8 (@natebrooksca) February 6, 2017
There are three Canucks who've played 20+ games and have a 50-plus% Corsi For. Brendan Gaunce is one of them. Playing with Skille/Chaput.— J.D. Burke (@JDylanBurke) February 6, 2017
I could keep going with these tweets and most of them seem to be from J.D. Burke at Canucks Army.
In a perfect world the Nucks wouldn’t nee either one of these guys, but Gaunce has lost something this year. I think the change of roles (scorer to checking line) has really fucked up his confidence. Pulling out Corsi stats for a guy who has only taken 36 shots this year seems skewed. And then to compare him to a guy who has scored 3 goals on 39 shots (Megna) and saw Gaunce is better, seems kind of weak. They both suck. It’s just that Megna can move and down the line up and shown he can score.
Has this year been fair to Gaunce, no. He went from not scoring with the Sedins last year for a span of games to not scoring on the 4th line. At least he is consistent.