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Brendan Gaunce poses for a photo after being picked by the Vancouver Canucks in the first round of the NHL Draft in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, June 22, 2012. (Reuters)

Brendan Gaunce poses for a photo after being picked by the Vancouver Canucks in the first round of the NHL Draft in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, June 22, 2012.

(Reuters)

Canucks sign top pick Brendan Gaunce Add to ...

Vancouver Canucks signed 2012 first-round draft pick Brendan Gaunce to a contract Monday.

The centre from Markham, Ont., recorded 68 points (28-40) and added 68 penalty minutes in 68 games with the Belleville Bulls of the Ontario Hockey League last season.

The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Gaunce represented Canada at the 2011 under-18 world junior championship where he collected four points (1-3) in seven games.

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The Canucks took Gaunce 26th overall at June’s draft.

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