The reaching, one-handed breakaway goal was first pulled off by Kent Nilsson and popularized by Peter Forsberg, but both originally pulled the move off in a shootout. In recent years, we’ve seen the move make its way to game action, and the latest to pull it off was AHLer Frederick Gaudreau.
Gaudreau, who’s playing for the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals, took a cross-ice pass late in the second frame of Saturday’s game against the San Diego Gulls and had roughly 10 feet of open ice in front of him. With Ducks top prospect netminder John Gibson out to challenge, Gaudreau quickly threw the puck to his backhand and tucked it around the goaltender:
(Video via Milwaukee Admirals)
Gaudreau’s goal was the game-winner — and what a game-winner it was — as well as his fifth goal and 11th point in 15 outings this season. Gaudreau, 22, may have also turned some heads with his play thus far.
Entering the 2015-16 season, Gaudreau was on a one-year AHL contract with the Admirals after earning himself a call-up from the ECHL last season. Gaudreau, who went undrafted, played three seasons in the QMJHL before turning pro. His final season in the QMJHL came in 2013-14 and was split between the Shawinigan Cataractes and Drummondville Volitgeurs. He scored 22 goals and 71 points in 63 games.
One move won’t land Gaudreau a contract, but if he can maintain his .73 points per game pace, the Admirals’ parent club, the Nashville Predators, might have to consider handing him a deal.