The Blue Jackets are struggling to find a 'team identity' and Gaudreau is struggling to find the back of the net offensively.
Through the first 17GP he has averaged 19:08 TOI - 15:43 ES - 3:24 PP. Much has been made about his recent third period benching, but the fact of the matter is he has been given ample opportunity to get his game in gear. He simply hasn't played to his identity.
Making matters worse is the fact he hasn't been involved extending plays, battling, or pushing the play the way he is capable. He's scored (1G -5A). He's a (-7). In his last 5GP he only has 1assist - 4 shots on goal - 0 hits - 1 shot block
Monitor how he reacts to recent benching and if he competes in the trenches, even if he isn't scoring.
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