New Blackhawk Adam Gaudette has a lot going on right now.
Before last night, his last NHL game was March 24th. He hasn’t played a lot because of a COVID pause in Vancouver and after being traded to the Hawks it was going to take some time to get him up to speed.
Gaudette made his Blackhawks debut last night and played pretty well. The former 2015 fifth-round pick registered an assist through 7:39 minutes of ice time. Even though it was a bad game for the Hawks in general. Gaudette still managed to finish with some good stats.
Gaudette registered two shots on goal and was above fifty percent in both Corsi and Fenwick. I think through the final ten games we will see a lot more of Gaudette. He is a lot better than Matthew Highmore and can provide the team with a bigger offensive burst from the bottom six.
Gaudette can be a major piece to the Blackhawks next season and beyond. The 24-year old still has a lot of hockey ahead of him and will be looking for a new contract this off-season. These next ten games will be like a tryout to see how much the Hawks want to pay him and where he will fit in the lineup next year.
While no one is going to go into next year’s training camp with a spot guaranteed, Gaudette will have a better chance of making the roster if he can continue to show what he is worth on the ice right now.