As the playoffs head into their final weeks, it’s become clear once again that size does matter. The ability to win battles along the boards, play a punishing physical game and own the front of the net has allowed the Boston Bruins to steamroll through the New York Rangers and now the Pittsburgh Penguins. I have no doubt that Maple Leafs is paying close attention and is eagerly counting down the days until the likes of Joe Colborne and Tyler Biggs are ready to suit up for the club on a full-time basis. Should they so choose, there may an opportunity to add even more size up front with their 21st overall selection this June. Next up in our 2013 NHL Draft Series is the powerful two-way centre out of Rimouski, Frederik Gauthier.
Frederik Gauthier – Centre/Winger, Rimouski Oceanic – Projected 15th – 25th overall
The 6’4 215 lb Gauthier burst onto the scene this year with an impressive rookie campaign in the QMJHL where he surprised scouts by displaying a relatively advanced and polished game for a young player still growing into his body. The talented centreman has drawn comparisons to the likes of Sean Couturier for his impressive defensive instincts and commitment to strong positional play. Gauthier does the little things quite well – realizing when to hold back and cover a pinching defenseman, pushing hard to back-check on the high man during an odd man rush and completing the chips along the boards to get the puck out. He excels in the role of the second forward into the corners for support (much like Jay McClement). Rimouski relied heavily on Gauthier in key late-game situations, as the youngster led all rookie centreman in faceoff attempts (albeit at a 47% success rate – a number that still needs to improve). Offensively, Gauthier displays a promising scorer’s skillset with the ability to find pucks in traffic and finish in tight around the net. The playmaking instincts and passing ability have a chance to be above average while his skating ability already grades out as above average for a player his size. While the hulking forward can certainly hold his own in high traffic areas, he lacks the raw “nastiness” and punishing physicality of a Tyler Biggs or Milan Lucic.
Gauthier possesses the complete package of skills to be a a very effective NHL player. He started off the QMJHL campaign on an absolute tear offensively before fatigue and oppositional adjustments slowed him down. What will ultimately determine his ceiling is where you think his offensive ability eventually grades out. Is he a Paul Gaustad type – a highly effective defensive player in a 3rd line role? Or is he a David Backes type – capable of a 1st/2nd line role on a very good team? It’s tough to say at this point because the sample size is so small and the trajectories of power forwards is so unpredictable but I’m optimistic and will tend toward the latter. His size, strength and well-rounded game could see him ascend very quickly through an organization.
A bit old, but here’s a short highlight package:
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Mornin all! Disappointed about the Kings. Was hoping for a repeat of last year by them. But i like the Hawks too so its not a bad trade off i guess. Just imagine what could have been if Leafs had won game 7...
This article begs the following question- Why is Lucic judged by a different standard than other players
The hit on Orpik was a dangerous hit from behind, all the could see were the # 44 when he made the hit, no call
He ran Gunnarson -no call
Concussed Miller -no call
Does he have pictures of Shanny and a Donkey. I dont get it
Bylsma not going get the Penguins going. They need a coach like Carlyle that is able to hold players to account and willing to make the necessary lineup changes to compete with bruins
Man, Bob Cole is fucking awesome. I wish he had a son in the same business with the same voice and commentary style, taking over that douche bag Jim Hughsons position. Its so good watching hockey where the game is just called, and negative opinions of teams arent formed by the dumbass calling the game. Fuck, i'm pretty sure we as fans can figure out who is doing what wrong, and what well.
P GREG FENTON,
Bob mac had him rated at 13th for his January rankings. Listed on the Tsn webpage. Not sure why he dropped but I'm assuming bc his play tailed off for the last 20+ gms of the season. Still worth considering as his size and skill would be a welcome addition to the Leafs
No wonder players are dropping like flies with concussions. They're wearing Iron Man gear everywhere except on the chin.
Someone mentioned taking Hensky from the oilers LMAO . We are trying to build a winner I wouldn't take him if he would play for free he's a waste of skin Nonis is not that stupid !!!
i seriously think nic petan should be considered... he is one of those small super skilled kids.. lead the Whl in scoring this year... he is only 5'9 167 pounds right now.. but from all the scouting reports say he has the skill set, IQ and speed to have serious sucesss in the nhl and teams may look back in 5 years and kick themselves... 120 points isnt a fluke. with kids like kane, marchand, st louis having such sucess.. its a possibilty and as craig button the scout says... never look at size.. it will bite you sometime... great highlight package.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruv103h6NCI
@mcloki Morning mcloki . Didn't stay up myself lol
@LeafsForLife I have no dog in this hunt , but Hawks look to be the better team
Im surprised at how easy the Bruins are handling the Pens.
But for a 11 minute brain cramp, who knows what the Leafs could have done
@Beleafer29 The Bruins will punish them next game, they will hit everything and even if they survive that the Bruins will win in 5
@wendelsfist he may only have 1 game left as coach if the Pens lose the next game.
@mcloki Nice !
I want to see a Boston vs LA final.
Last man standing wins cup, lol!
@Captain Keon check out the Celi-Beuties section, they got Phil the thrill and big Ben Scrivens repping their gear.....they have a very clever marketing strategy
@Captain Keon yupp, thats Bardown hockey, the guys that started it up play on my ballhockey team, they started it out of their basement and now have their gear in over 157 stores nationwide.....it blew up quick, only been around for a couple years
yeah he did he was well over a point a game ..28 points in 19 playoff games in the dub is pretty impressive.. not sure about the mem cup.. if that factors in.. but i did watch him score a dirty shorthander against halifax.... kid should be a target
@tucker2corson How did Petan play in Memorial cup tourney?
@Zep2 @LeafsForLife I pay close attention to how Chicago plays and the way that team is set up. LeBrun made some interesting points about them last night . The last two cup champs have played a hard hitting grinding defensive style . He described Chi-town as a hybrid . They incorporate a fast defense with a big hitting team with some pretty skilled players up front. This is the model I see the Leafs heading towards . We have the makings of a fast mobile defense along with some pretty skilled forwards . Mix in some size that can play along with Carlyle's system and we could be looking at something similar to the Blackhawks in the not too distant future
@Zep2 @LeafsForLife Well i wonder if it was better Leafs didnt win game 7 in a way. They dont get presumed to be better than they are and we can keep building. The amount of pressure and expectations on the team is not raised beyond measure. Perhaps things are as they should be with that loss. FUCK THAT! I rather have won game 7! lol.
Yes. I know of no better way to see if a coach is effective if the players play for the coach. The leafs had every reason to play dead after the first game but Caryle got them to compete and set them up for success. The Penguins have not shown up once. That is on Bylsma
@Burtonboy @LeafsForLife @Mind Bomb @mcloki Im trying not to get excited about the UFA's though. I was disappointed the past couple years. But Clarkson, Bickell, and Horton gets me pumped. Those are guys that i truly enjoy watching play the game. As close to a wendel clark type of players we can get.
@MaxwellHowe @Burtonboy @LeafsForLife @Zep2Just with the small sample size we had in the series we had against Boston you could see what impact a player like Gardiner can have . The Bruins really didn't have an answer for him. And we might have 2 in Gards and Rielly . Fingers crossed this all falls in place.
@Burtonboy @LeafsForLife @Zep2 The Leafs coaching staff should commence training camp with video of the hawks moving the puck out of their own end. Quick, effortless, fantastic puck movement. Shot counts inevitably minimized. Hopefully with Gradiner and Reilly and Franson we might have our own Keith, Hjarlmasson and Seabrook.
Rangers were a one man show and we played Pens well and it would have been the one series where we unquestionably had the better goaltending.
I dont think we would of got by either Western finalist but it would have been fun to watch
Despite that, Leafs are a team on the rise
@wendelsfist Also on Shero too, he is the one that went out and got Morrow, Murray and Iginla who are doing nothing for his team right now and are really showing their age.