VANCOUVER, BC - OCTOBER 2: Brendan Gaunce #50 of the Vancouver Canucks is tripped up by Dan Kelly #46 of the San Jose Sharks during their NHL game at Rogers Arena October 2, 2016 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Derek Cain/ISN)

Vancouver, BC – Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the club has recalled forward Brendan Gaunce from the Utica Comets.

Gaunce, 22, has played four games with the Comets this season and recorded three points (2-1-3) and two penalty minutes. In 47 games with Vancouver during the 2016.17 season he has five assists and 27 penalty minutes. The 6-2, 217-pound forward made his NHL debut last season playing 20 games with one goal (1-0-1) and two penalty minutes. Gaunce played another 46 games with Utica during 2015.16 where he totalled 38 points (17-21-38) and 16 penalty minutes.

The Markham, Ontario native was originally selected by Vancouver in the first round, 26th overall in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.