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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