VANCOUVER, BC - OCTOBER 2: Brendan Gaunce #50 of the Vancouver Canucks carries the puck over the blue line as Dylan DeMelo #74 of the San Jose Sharks defends during their NHL game at Rogers Arena October 2, 2016 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Derek Cain/ISN)

Vancouver, B.C. – Vancouver Canucks announced today that the club has
signed forward Brendan Gaunce to a two-year, one-way contract worth an annual average value of$750,000.
Gaunce, 23, collected five assists (0-5-5) and 33 penalty minutes in 57 games played with Vancouver in 2016.17. His 94 hits on the season led all Canucks forwards while his 1.65 hits per game ranked him second on the team. The 6-2, 217-pound forward also had two goals and an assist in four appearances with Utica.
In his debut NHL season in 2015.16, Gaunce notched a goal (1-0-0) in 20 appearances with the Canucks.
He also had career-highs in goals (17), assists (21) and points (38) in 46 games with the Comets.
A native of Sudbury, Ontario, Gaunce was originally selected by Vancouver in the first round, 26th overall, at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.