Last season Gaudreau led the league with a +30 penalty differential(!!) and posted 84 points in 80 games.
He put up those numbers despite the Flames' power play being shockingly inept all season long. They no doubt left some goals on the table, which could have further improved Gaudreau's totals.
This year Gaudreau will have the luxury of playing on a better power play under Geoff Ward – it can't be any worse – *and* more talented linemates at even-strength. I am a big Micheal Ferland fan but Elias Lindholm and James Neal have more polished offensive skillsets.
Gaudreau is one of the league's most dynamic players and he has the supporting cast necessary to produce at an elite rate.
If he's able to do so, and the Flames can sneak into the playoffs in a mediocre Pacific Division, I don't think it's unreasonable to suggest Gaudreau could find himself in the conversation.