Gudbranson Gets a Little Unruly?


Erick Gudbranson of the Kingston Frontenacs and 3rd overall pick in the NHL Entry draft by the Panthers was suspended and stripped of his alternate captaincy by the Frontenacs earlier this week.

The details of the incident are not clear and the Frontenacs are making it out to be an internal matter for disciplinary reasons…there had been some rumors that Gudbranson was  a little bit insubordinate, and upset at the direction of the team which resulted in the disciplinary action. The Frontenacs are 18-8-3 with the him in the lineup compared to 4-10-2 without him on the ice.

The next game Gudbranson showed a little fire when he went after Oshawa’s J.P. Labardo who was assessed a major penalty for a check to the head of Frontenacs’ goaltender Philipp Grubauer, when he came out of the net for a loose puck, Gudbranson was given a charging major, an instigator and a fighting major

Doug Gilmour coach of the Frontencs said “That’s character. Erik went right at him because he hit our goaltender.” Unfortunately, Gilmour said, the play is going to cost Gudbranson some games. (Frontencs)

Gudbranson has been suspended indefinitely by the OHL

What does this mean to you Panthers fans? Is Gudbranson going to be a nasty player with attitude like a Chris Pronger or do you see him as just being unruly?

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  • Frank Rekas

    While I don’t have all the details, there is a lot of unknown to this story. I have tried to follow it very closely, or as much as I can from down here in Florida. It is my sincere hope that this is all taken out of context and that there is more to this story than we know so far.

    I believe that Erik is going to be a fantastick player and when he does put on a Panther uniform, he will play the way that we all expected him to play.

    Personally I think it’s a bunch of unfortunate circumstances that have been blown out of proportion.

    In my opinion, I think he’s a great kid, who’s unhappy about not being in the NHL, losing the WJC’s and wanting to be the best he can be. Frustrated at the cards that have been dealt him. The stories about Kingston and that team and management seem to have contributed to this.