Johnny Gaudreau no longer needs to prove himself. He’s shown everyone that his small stature doesn’t slow him down and that he’s capable of dominating in the NHL. But at the 2011 draft, he was so small that several teams refused to draft him.
The Calgary Flames took a chance by drafting him in the 4th round, and they hit the jackpot… at least until 2022.
Speaking on the Spittin’ Chiclets podcast last January, Boston Bruins head coach Jim Montgomery revealed his best anecdote about the diminutive forward.
Johnny Gaudreau taped pucks to his waist at the NHL scouting combine to weigh-in heavier.
Jim Montgomery joined us to talk about what it was like to coach a young Johnny Ham n Cheese in College.
– Spittin’ Chiclets (@spittinchiclets) January 12, 2023
In the end, the strategy wasn’t worth it.
He stepped on the scale, in front of an official NHL employee, and the pucks started falling out of his pants! Luckily for him, the employee was kind and told him he’d add a few pounds to his real total. His official draft weight was finally 137 pounds.
In a row
– Keep your fingers crossed if you’re going to the LASSO festival. You just might run into two giants.
Brothers Osborne won’t be the only brothers duo at LASSO Montreal this year 🤓
– Montreal Canadiens (@CanadiensMTL) August 17, 2023
– These are reasonable expectations.
We went through the Petry/Lindstrom trade, Montembeault & Slafkovsky’s futures with @AGN45 yesterday⬇️
– Habs Fan TV (@HabsFanTV_) August 17, 2023
– Superb goal from the Montreal CF prospect.
– Arcadio Marcuzzi (@_marcuzzi) August 17, 2023
– That would be very weird.
For political reasons 😯 https://t.co/sOVgNth7EA
– TVA Sports (@TVASports) August 17, 2023