Top Flames prospect Glenn Gawdin hopes to prove himself in new deal
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That being said, disappointment sunk in this summer when Gawdin realized he wasn’t going to be a part of the team’s Black Ace squad, practising and waiting for their chance to fill in if needed.
“I was going there to ultimately join the team and who knows what would have happened when you were there,” Gawdin said. “I was, for sure, (disappointed) but there was nothing I could do. That’s kind of how I saw it.”
This season, his second as a pro, Gawdin was impressing for the Flames’ top affiliate.
He led the Stockton Heat with 16 goals and 31 assists in 53 games before the season was put on pause due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“I thought I progressed a lot,” he said. “A lot of that came with opportunity. I thought I had a lot more opportunity my second year and I thought I made the most of it. Sometimes that’s what you have to do. Going into my first year, I didn’t really know what to expect. Coming off my (last year of junior) I think I maybe thought I was going to play more than I did.
“Coming into last year, I wanted to make the most of my opportunities.”
That’s been Gawdin’s approach his entire hockey career.
After being selected in the fourth round of the 2015 NHL draft by St. Louis — No. 116 overall — Gawdin was never offered a contract by the Blues and continued onward. He earned a summer training camp tryout with the Flames in 2017, inked a contract later that winter, and didn’t look back.
In his final year of Western Hockey League action with the Swift Current Broncos, he scored 56 goals and 69 assists for 125 points during the 2017-18 regular season, then was crowned WHL playoff MVP while captaining the team to a league championship.