Adam Gaudette was the most prolific scorer in all of college hockey this past season.
He led all of Division 1 in goals with 30 and points with 60 while playing at Northeastern, and now he’s gearing up for his first professional season with the Comets.
“I want to show that I’m here to work, get better and help this team win,” he said. “I’m excited to get started with this group. I have things I need to work on in my own game and I’m going to go out there, work on them and play.”
Gaudette’s final collegiate season proved to be a special one. He received the prestigious Hobey Baker Award as the nation’s top player.
“You can’t have individual success without team success,” he said. “It was an awesome year and we had a lot of fun.”
His days though tearing things up for the Huskies are over.
“I can put all my focus into hockey and it’s a full time job now,” he said. “I’m just here to learn how to be a professional and I think it’s going well so far.”
Comets head coach Trent Cull is happy to have him.
“Adam is a young, dynamic center,” Cull said. “He has a good shot and we want to try to round out all parts of his game. It’s a big jump when you come from college to the American Hockey League. We already know he’s played in some NHL games and he’s a real promising prospect.”
Although the end goal is to make it back to Vancouver, Gaudette isn’t looking that far ahead.
“I can’t worry about what anyone else is doing out on the ice,” he said. “I just have to focus on my game and do whatever I can to help this team win.”
While Gaudette is doing that, he’ll also get the chance to see what hockey in Utica is all about.
“I heard the fans are unbelievable and the support from around the city is awesome,” he said.
Gaudette is currently dealing with an injury, but the hope is he will be able to be in the lineup when the Comets host the Marlies in the season-opener on Friday night.