Gaudette's deal is for $997,500, a relatively low amount for the once Hobey Baker winner. The former Canuck was acquired by the Blackhawks at the trade deadline in April for Matthew Highmore. In seven games with the Blackhawks last season, Gaudette registered one goal and three assists.
The Braintree, Massachusetts native was drafted in the fifth-round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft by the Vancouver Canucks. After winning the Hobey Baker award in 2018, Gaudette signed with the Canucks, however never really found success in Vancouver. The trade to the Blackhawks provided a fresh start for the 24-year-old center.
Blackhawks president of hockey operations Stan Bowman is very familiar with Gaudette's skillset due to his time in college. While winning the Hobey Baker award at Northeastern, he skated with former Blackhawks forward Dylan Sikura. That said, Bowman saw plenty of Gaudette when the Blackhawks were checking in on Sikura.
Gaudette's new contract comes in wake of centers Pius Suter and David Kampf not receiving qualifying offers on Monday. Although Kampf will likely re-sign, Suter is all but guaranteed to go to the market. Perhaps Gaudette will receive a real opportunity to shine in 2021-22 in the Blackhawks' bottom six.