Cameron Gaunce

Tampa Bay Lightning
Cleveland Monsters

Fantasy Summary

All signs point to Gaunce as a career minor-league player or depth player in the NHL at best.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 3.0
NHL Certainty 1.5
Country CAN
Position D
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth March 9, 1990
Height 6‘2”
Weight 205 lbs
Drafted 2008 Round 2; Overall: 50

Observations

July 2018 – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed Gaunce to a one-year, two-way contract.  Jokke Nevalainen

January 2018 – Following a brief emergency call-up to Columbus in which he didn’t see ice time, Gaunce is tied with Brady Austin for first in scoring among Cleveland blueliners registering two goals and 11 points. He leads Monster rearguards with 42 penalty minutes and, now in his eighth AHL campaign, will likely continue in his role as a league mainstay. Kevin Wickersham

November 2017 – After a game misconduct-shortened effort in Cleveland’s last outing, Gaunce sports a four-assist, no-goal line with 21 penalty minutes and a plus-six. That’s a far cry from his 35-assist AHL effort with Portland two seasons ago, as the 27-year-old vet munches minutes on the Monsters’ top-pairing role. He’s evolved into a steady and solid, gritty defensive presence in his eighth pro campaign just beneath the NHL. Don’t expect him to crack the CBJ lineup soon. Kevin Wickersham 

September 2017 – Despite registering a goal against his former Penguins squad, his only preseason action thus far, Gaunce finished the contest with a minus-two as Columbus lost 4-3. Not seeing a great deal of ice time, the plan still seems to keep him in camp for a short while longer until he can be sent to AHL Cleveland to mentor younger blue line prospects and provide leadership. Kevin Wickersham

July 2017 – The good news for Gaunce is that he landed a two-year deal in Columbus. The bad news is that it’s a two-way contract, which reflects the fact that he’s a solid AHLer who can help an NHL squad in a pinch. Mark Allan

June 2017 – A 2008 second-round pick of the Avalanche, Gaunce is a fading 27-year-old prospect who has played in just 32 NHL regular-season games. In 12 of those with Pittsburgh, he managed a goal and three assists while pressed into service during a heavy run of injuries on the Penguins’ blueline. In 49 AHL games, he had 13 points and was a useful plus-15, adding plus-3 in four Calder Cup games. The physical 210-pound UFA can take bad penalties and might not be invited back by the Penguins unless it’s a two-way contract. Mark Allan

February 2017 – Gaunce and fellow AHL blueliner Steve Oleksy were called up because Olli Maatta is expected to miss six weeks after hand surgery and Justin Schultz is day to day with an undisclosed ailment. Neither Gaunce nor Olseksy is expected to get much NHL icetime and one of them should return to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton as soon as Schultz suits up again. Mark Allan 

January 2017 – With his fourth AHL squad in seven years, the journeyman blueliner has seven points in 32 games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and appears to be a career minor-leaguer. Mark Allan

September 2016 – Gaunce finds himself back in the AHL as expected. A 37-point AHL season with Texas got him a one-year, free-agent deal with the Penguins, but he’s strictly a depth blueliner in the system who will have to show more if he is to get a shot at NHL ice time. Mark Allan

July 2016 – The Pittsburgh Penguins signed Cameron Gaunce to a one-year, two-way contract worth $575,000. Gaunce had a career year in the AHL with Texas last year scoring 37 points in 75 games. Gaunce will play the season in the AHL, and at this point there is no reason to give him fantasy consideration. Peter Harling

Nov 2015 – Gaunce has shown signs of producing at the professional level this season with 10 assists through his first 17 games with the AHL Pirates. Despite the Pirates being seventh place in their division, Gaunce has shown to be a responsible defender with a plus one rating. – Lee Rayson

September 2014 – Cameron Gaunce has been placed on waivers by the Dallas Stars. Should Guance clear waivers he will be headed to back Cedar Park for the 2014-15 season. Not a good sign for his future in Big D, but not a death knell either. This season will be a make or break for Gaunce with the depth of D prospects in the Stars system. Rex Doty

September 2014 – Following his nine game stint in Dallas Gaunce finished the season back in Cedar Park. During that second stint he picked up 11 of his 18 points(the 18pts was good for 4th best on the team among defensemen) and was a +15. If Gaunce makes the NHL roster at any point this season he will need to clear waivers before returning to the AHL, a fact which will weigh heavily in GM Jim Nill’s decision making. – Rex Doty

January 2014 – With the return of veteran defensemen Trevor Daley (ankle) and Sergei Gonchar (concussion), Gaunce was reassigned to Texas (AHL) on Jan. 9 after seeing an average of 13:50 in ice-time per game in his first nine contests as a Dallas Star. The 23-year old returns to a more involved role in Cedar Park, having skated in 28 games for the club, while posting seven points (one goal, six assists) and 25 penalty minutes this season. Given the injury track record for the Stars this season, Gaunce could be on nothing more than a conditioning assignment awaiting his next upcoming NHL opportunity. Clayton Bailey

December 2013 – Stars GM Jim Nill announced the team has recalled Gaunce from the Texas Stars (AHL) after Dallas continues to be decimated by injuries on the back end. He’s appeared in 28 games in the AHL this season, recording seven points (one goal, six assists) and an even plus/minus rating. Clayton Bailey

June 2013 – Gaunce is very sound defensively and that will be what earns him a spot in Big D, possibly as early as this coming season. Dallas can definitely use a defenseman who isn’t a liability in his own end, something that has plagued the Stars in recent seasons. Gaunce will never be an offensive force, but he makes good decisions with the puck in the defensive zone, and he will earn loads of ice time due to his defensive play. Gaunce will put up enough hits, blocks, and PIM to be worth rostering in deeper multi-category leagues. Rex Doty

April 2013 – With the recent additions the Dallas Stars have made of prospect defenders, the future blue line has become a pretty imposing weapon. Gaunce will add size and nastiness back there along with shutdown abilities. As a more polished and ready prospect, it is safe to assume that he is on the cusp of securing a full time NHL job and with Dallas’ lack of meanness in front of Kari Lehtonen, Gaunce could be a very valuable piece to the team and to owners looking for hits, blocked shots and penalty minutes. Jason Banks

March 2013 – As expected, Gaunce is being weened as a stay-at-home, agitating rearguard. He holds plenty of upside in an Hits/PIM capacity, but will never post a 20-point NHL season. – Dobber

March 2012 – Gaunce does not possess the high end scoring or play making ability from the blue line. He does, although, have a polished game at both ends of the ice with a great physical style, grit, and a hard shot to go along. Gaunce is currently in his second season with Lake Erie (AHL) after spending three years in juniors in the OHL with Mississauga. He hopes his smart decisions and puck moving skills will get him to Colorado full-time. – Russ Bitely


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2004-2005 Markham Waxers Bantam AAA ETABHL - - - - - |          
  Markham Waxers Bantam AAA Big Nickel Bantam 4 0 2 2 0 |          
 2005-2006 Markham Waxers Minor Midget AAA ETAMMHL 72 11 60 71 122 |          
  Markham Waxers Minor Midget AAA OHL Cup 5 1 2 3 4 |          
 2006-2007 Markham Waxers OPJHL 45 2 12 14 68 | Playoffs 11 0 3 3 26 
 2007-2008 Mississauga Steelheads OHL 63 10 30 40 99 | Playoffs 4 0 1 1
 2008-2009 Mississauga Steelheads OHL 67 17 47 64 110 | Playoffs 11 4 6 10 20 
 2009-2010 Mississauga Steelheads OHL 55 6 31 37 112 | Playoffs 16 0 13 13 34 
 2010-2011 Colorado Avalanche NHL 11 1 0 1 16 |          
  Cleveland Monsters AHL 61 2 20 22 84 |          
 2011-2012 Cleveland Monsters AHL 75 6 21 27 90 |          
 2012-2013 Cleveland Monsters AHL 61 1 10 11 98 |          
  Texas Stars AHL 9 1 4 5 0 | Playoffs 9 0 0 0
 2013-2014 Dallas Stars NHL 9 0 0 0 7 |          
  Texas Stars AHL 65 3 15 18 73 | Playoffs 18 0 4 4 12 
 2014-2015 Texas Stars AHL 73 4 10 14 113 | Playoffs 3 0 0 0
 2015-2016 Portland Pirates AHL 75 2 35 37 60 | Playoffs 5 0 0 0
 2016-2017 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 12 1 3 4 13 |          
  Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 49 2 11 13 38 | Playoffs 4 0 1 1
 2017-2018 Cleveland Monsters AHL 67 3 21 24 96 |          
 2018-2019 Syracuse Crunch AHL - - - - - |          

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