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Adam Gaudette set to join the smouldering-hot Utica Comets

He accompanied Loui Eriksson in the press box for the last five games.

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Adam Gaudette will get some game action in for the red hot Utica Comets.
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It wouldn’t have been fair to Adam Gaudette to keep him in the press box much longer.

The Vancouver Canucks clearly agree with that logic, since they sent Adam Gaudette down to the Utica Comets on Thursday. Defenceman Ashton Sautner was also re-assigned.

After sitting as a healthy scratch in the first game of the season, Travis Green inserted Gaudette into the mix for the team’s next three games. Gaudette had his moments, but didn’t force Travis Green to keep him in the line-up.

The Braintree, Massachusetts native played primarily with Brandon Sutter and Micheal Ferland, on what could be described as Vancouver’s weakest line. Again, they weren’t poor together, but they didn’t “wow” you with their play either.

It also didn’t help Gaudette that the team has played well without him, even if the third line is a weakness. The Canucks have gone 4-1 since he began to reoccupy the press box.

While Sutter continues to meander his way through the NHL landscape with uneven play, it’s clear that one of the biggest weaknesses on the team is a productive third-line centre. Sutter might be reliable, but the Canucks need better if they plan on being a powerhouse in the Western Conference. Gaudette is the team’s best bet to fill that role without acquiring another asset, but he needs to play games before solidifying that role.

Gaudette joining the Utica Comets Wagon

Guys that get sent down to the AHL usually don’t view it as a positive. Just ask Nikolay Goldobin.

However for Adam Gaudette, he couldn’t be in a much better situation considering the state of the Comets right now.

Utica has roared out to a 5-0 start to the season, highlighted by the fact that they’ve scored 21 goals in their last three games. All of Reid Boucher, Goldobin, Sven Baertschi, Zack MacEwen and Kole Lind have scored at more than a point-per-game pace so far. Adding Gaudette to that mix gives Utica arguably the most potent top-six forward group in the AHL.

Suddenly, the Utica Comets have become must-watch hockey for Canucks fans. They take on the Binghamton Devils tomorrow in Utica, starting at 4:00 pm PST.