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The best 5-foot-6 NHL prospect?

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08:27 AM ET 08.20 | On the college scene, the very skilled Johnny Gaudreau is already well-known. Being a major part of Boston College's national championship winning team last season in just his freshman year has put him on the map. At 5'6" 140 pounds, he might be mistaken for someone a lot younger, but he brings back memories of previous diminutive BC standouts Brian Gionta and Nathan Gerbe. Gaudreau hopes he can be a fraction of the player they are. "The history of BC hockey players with some of the small guys ... I just want to be like them and play like them and have a career like they have. You've got to have some influences out there and they're definitely some of mine." Last season, Gaudreau had 21 goals and 23 assists in just his first season at BC.

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Nathan Gerbe, Icon Sports Nathan Gerbe, Icon Sports
August 20, 2012  08:39 AM ET

wow, I'm sooooo glad I read this. Never gonna get that time back. Thanks T&R

August 20, 2012  08:57 AM ET

Tomorrow do we get a story about the best fat college player ????

August 20, 2012  09:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Tomorrow do we get a story about the best fat college player ????

I was more thinking the next Zdeno but that works too?

August 20, 2012  09:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Tomorrow do we get a story about the best fat college player ????

Although I often wondered why there arn't many Sumo wrestlers turned hockey goalie

August 20, 2012  09:05 AM ET
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Although I often wondered why there arn't many Sumo wrestlers turned hockey goalie

They would but they find it impossible to close up the 5 hole with that towel wedged up the nether regions

August 20, 2012  09:18 AM ET

Gaudreau hopes he can be a fraction of the player they are.

At 5'6" he's a fraction of all players.

August 20, 2012  09:18 AM ET

Henri Richard was only 5' 7".

August 20, 2012  09:21 AM ET

I have to say, that I am SO tired of hearing about the "plucky little guys" Seriously...in my experience, a lot of these guys come in with a chip on their shoulders like they have somethign to prove to everyone. get over it, if they would stop running stories like this, no one would think it's a big deal.

August 20, 2012  09:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

wow, I'm sooooo glad I read this. Never gonna get that time back. Thanks T&R

Woohoo! The Buttgoblin will do everything in his power to make it happen. At 5'6" and140 lbs. Johnny Gaudreau might be the only chance he'll ever get to look down his nose at a player in the NHL.

August 20, 2012  09:26 AM ET
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Woohoo! The Buttgoblin will do everything in his power to make it happen. At 5'6" and140 lbs. Johnny Gaudreau might be the only chance he'll ever get to look down his nose at a player in the NHL.

if he stood on the Manhattan Yellow Pages maybe

August 20, 2012  09:37 AM ET
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Gaudreau hopes he can be a fraction of the player they are. At 5'6" he's a fraction of all players.

Just another Linus Omark, looking to make a living figure skating in the NHL. He might make it around a few pylons ... err ... defensemen a couple of times but, he'll lend up looking like a bug on a windshield in no time.

August 20, 2012  09:38 AM ET
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Henri Richard was only 5' 7".

Stan Mikita was 169 lbs. soaking wet. But, that was a different era. Times have changed.

August 20, 2012  09:54 AM ET
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They would but they find it impossible to close up the 5 hole with that towel wedged up the nether regions

I was thinking he just lay on his side and stack the pads

August 20, 2012  09:57 AM ET
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I was thinking he just lay on his side and stack the pads

ahhh yes.... the old Flabalanche flop technique

August 20, 2012  09:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Henri Richard was only 5' 7".

So was Yvan Cournoyer.

August 20, 2012  10:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

So was Yvan Cournoyer.

Classic hockey name

August 20, 2012  10:03 AM ET
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So was Yvan Cournoyer.

exactly, and we didn't get the "THEY SAID HE WAS TOO SMALL" nonsense ad nauseum....
they went out, played really well, and the only time their height was an issue was when some idiot reporter brought it up

August 20, 2012  10:04 AM ET
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Although I often wondered why there arn't many Sumo wrestlers turned hockey goalie

Me too.

August 20, 2012  10:06 AM ET

Marcel Dionne was 5'8" -- he could play a little bit as well

 
August 20, 2012  10:07 AM ET
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exactly, and we didn't get the "THEY SAID HE WAS TOO SMALL" nonsense ad nauseum....they went out, played really well, and the only time their height was an issue was when some idiot reporter brought it up

"idiot reporter" ? But, you repeat yourself.

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