After years in Nashville without making much of an impact, Gaudreau broke out in Pittsburgh – as much as he could in 19 games. Gaudreau recorded 10 points, was strong at the face-off dot, and played 13:04 per game, far more than in year prior. Even in a limited sample size, it was enough to impress many around the league, including the Wild it seems.
Gaudreau, 28, works hard and is especially skilled at winning puck battles and stripping the puck from the opposition. He also showed this season that his offensive ability is more than it might have seemed. The Wild gave Gaudreau a nice raise from his previous minimal deals, but could still get nice value out of a player who showed this past season that he has a lot to offer.