Reasonable Expectations 2018-19: Radko Gudas

After posting career highs in goals (6) and points (23) in 2016-17, the 17-18 season saw Radko Gudas drop to a boxcar line of 2-14-16 in 70 games.

Radko Gudas
Defense
Born Jun 5 1990 — Prague, Czech Rep.
Height 6.00 — Weight 204 — Shoots R

Selected by Tampa Bay Lightning round 3 #66 overall 2010 NHL Entry Draft

— Regular Season — —- Playoffs —-
Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
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2007-08 Kladno Czech — — — — — 1 0 0 0 0
2008-09 Kladno Czech 7 0 1 1 8 — — — — —
2009-10 Everett Silvertips WHL 65 7 30 37 151 3 0 2 2 4
2010-11 Norfolk Admirals AHL 76 4 13 17 165 6 0 0 0 7
2011-12 Norfolk Admirals AHL 73 7 13 20 195 16 0 3 3 14
2012-13 Syracuse Crunch AHL 57 4 16 20 207 12 2 1 3 34
2012-13 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 22 2 3 5 38 — — — — —
2013-14 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 73 3 19 22 152 3 0 1 1 9
2014-15 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 31 2 3 5 34 — — — — —
2015-16 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 76 5 9 14 116 6 0 0 0 18
2016-17 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 67 6 17 23 93 — — — — —
2017-18 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 70 2 14 16 83 6 0 0 0 9
————————————————————————————–
NHL Totals 339 20 65 85 516 15 0 1 1 36
Stats from HockeyDB

Gudas may not have had the offensive output of the 16-17 campaign, but he still performed solidly when used properly.

Chart via HockeyViz

Radko Gudas by far and away played his best hockey when his defensive partner was Travis Sanheim. The problem was that Dave Hakstol insisted on pairing Gudas with Brandon Manning. Sanheim has the perfect skillset to work with Gudas and hopefully this pair sees more time together this season.

While Gudas’s suspensions are a cause for concern, when he’s on the ice and using his size to cleanly knock players off the puck, Gudas is the grinding, physical defender who actually gains favorable puck possession results. However, Gudas is a limited talent, in order to maximize his results, he needs a dynamic puck moving partner like Sanheim, Provorov or Gostisbehere to unlock his full potential. In that limited talent though, Gudas excels to a degree that makes him worthy of second pair duty. He won’t carry the pair, but he’s certainly worthy of the minutes.

In terms of probably the best results, the Flyers defense when healthy and available should be:
Provorov-Ghost
Sanheim-Gudas
Hagg-Myers
MacDonald-Folin

When it comes MacDonald, I’m not ready to crown him back into the top six until he shows how healthy he is after his lower body injury heals. But he certainly will look to get his old spot back.

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