Four years into an NHL tenure that’s been somewhat tumultuous but consistently promising, Johnny Gaudreau has started off 2017-18 with a newfound killer instinct.

The 24-year-old Calgary Flames winger sits third in the league’s scoring race with 31 points to his name, already halfway to last year’s point total with 61 games left on the schedule. That dominant performance hasn’t gone unnoticed by the future Hall of Famer that resides in Calgary’s locker room alongside Gaudreau.

In fact, it seems Jaromir Jagr‘s presence might be one of the key factors contributing to Gaudreau’s early success.

“(Jagr) was talking to me about how much he thinks of Johnny (Gaudreau) as a player and his offensive instincts,” head coach Glen Gulutzan told Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Sun on Thursday. “He’s told (Gaudreau) that, and he’s talked to him about his mindset going into games and how he has to think like a top guy and want to win and to do well every shift.

“That’s one of the challenges for high-end players is that they have to will themselves every shift to get something done, so Jags has talked to him at length about those kind of things.”