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Philadelphia-based journalist Al Morganti made an appearance on Sportsnet 960 The Fan this morning and dropped some information on Calgary Flames wunderkind Johnny Gaudreau.
EDIT: Sportsnet960’s Twitter quoted Morganti as saying “I’m told that he feels he can’t do anything more in college. He’ll turn pro with Calgary.”
You can listen to the audio on the Sportsnet 960 site, but the actual verbiage is a bit different:
“From what I can gather here from people I’ve talked to, there’s no more that can be done at Boston College. His brother being there, winning the Beanpot agan – which is huge. For people that don’t understand it, the Beanpot there is…I believe it more important than a national championship. It’s a tremendous traditional series and they’ve won it every year. It’s incredible what BC has done, and I’m told that everybody realizes you jus can’t get any more out of this experience here. You’re gonna have to turn, you’re gonna have to go and sign – whenever it’s done here, and it’s probably not gonna be for awhile because BC’s good – turn pro with the Flames.”
Morganti’s based in Philadelphia – Gaudreau is from South Jersey, across the river from Philly – and went to school in the Boston area, and the Sportsnet 960 hosts made sure to ask Morganti about the connection before leaping into the statement made above. In short: he’s probably credible and he’s definitely connected in both Boston and the Philly area, so he’d be in a position to hear these things.
Granted, nothing is signed yet and nothing will be official until Boston College’s season ends and the ink is dry on an actual contract, but this is yet another declaration that Johnny Gaudreau is intending to join the Calgary Flames organization in the near future and probably won’t pull a “Justin Schultz” and try to go elsewhere. This is consistent with Gaudreau’s own comments to Calgary media ever since he was drafted in the 2011 NHL Draft and became a really good NCAA player the following season.