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The first four games of the 2014-15 season haven’t been all peaches and gravy for Flames rookie Johnny Gaudreau. He doesn’t have any points, he’s not getting a heck of a lot of ice-time and he has just one shot on goal. At times he looks a bit lost out there. Heck, he wasn’t used at all in the final six minutes of last night’s game, where he played just a shade over 12 minutes at even-strength.
On the other hand, he’s 21 and has – let’s face it – five NHL games under his belt. There are veterans on this team that seem more lost more consistently than Gaudreau does, and there’s a road trip going on that obviously impacts Bob Hartley’s ability to use Gaudreau how he would like to. But obviously you don’t want Gaudreau to lose confidence, as a lot of Johnny Hockey’s daring do comes from his willingness to go to the tough areas and dangle the puck around opposition players.
Does Johnny stay? Does Johnny go? How many games do you give him in the NHL to figure everything out?