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:
For those who are interested in the current CBA the link below contains the recently released official document
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
interesting news I got from friends that are very close to David Clarkson, i know this rumour has been stated before, but hearing what I heard really makes me think that he could very well be a Leaf. A couple friends of mine started Bardown Hockey Apparel (a hockey clothing company like Gongshow) and have worked closely with David Clarkson as they provided his charity with clothing for an event he hosted. According to my friends, Clarkson mention to them that he promised his father, who is a huge leaf fan, that when he became UFA hed try his best to sign with the Leafs so that his old man could see him in a Leafs jersey one day. As far as they told me, Clarkson would love to be a Leaf and if Leafs managment offered him a contract, hed 100% take it.....just passing on some information of interest, not John Shannon here lol
So looking at TSN, apparently MacTavish has indicated that the Oilers would be parting ways with Horcoff and Hemsky. I have to assume that means buying out Horcoff. But the one that interests me is Hemsky. Not for the Leafs, but Oilers fans and mgmt both seem to have a complete mis-valuation of this players worth in trade. Now, I know that Oilers fans are more or less totally delusional in what they think their unwanted parts should bring. (and their thinking on what it would have taken to get their first overall last year was pure comedy gold) But all the same, I think the return for this guy is going to be quite a sobering moment for that fan base. As if MacT is serious, then they're going to have to come way down from their previous asking price.
Excellent article from the Grantland about the virtues of eliminating the draft from major sports.
4 really good articles on our data being mined, sold, shared and given to the government.
I've known this for years—almost a decade—but it's starting to come to a head.
Some guy was chauffeuring Wendel Clarke in Moncton last week and struck up a conversation with him which he recorded.
One of the things Wendel said is that Reimer treats the puck like a hot potatoe and we need a #1 goalie, he also said that Bozak should settle for 3.5M if he still wants to play for the Leafs going forward
When Wendel found out he was being recorded, he asked the conversation be erased which it was.
Loving the new commenting system works on myphone which is a bonus. Love the draft reviews Gauthier seems like he could be a beast. I thibk if Rychel, horvat or domi is available though youd have to grab then first..
What happened to the Pittsburgh Penguins?
Globe hockey columnist Eric Duhatschek and Globe hockey reporter James Mirtle join host Darren Yourk to discuss the Eastern and Western Conference final series and news from the NHL competition committee meeting earlier this week in Toronto.
Kadri says sup?
Howeird keeps posting that the Leafs will pursue Tim Thomas this off season, says it's from a different source this time. I guess if they were interested in Kipper they would have interest in Tea Party Tim. Personally, I'd stick with Scrivens and Reimer.
Bylsma says Malkin clearly was hooked by Jagr seconds before Bergeron got game-winner, but he didn't expect penalty to be called
What a sad statement on the state of the NHL.
Montreal is copying Toronto again.
They sre building condos and now they are building their own sports bar, can't these Frenchies come up with their own ideas?
Nice how cbc points out the penalties blatantly committed by Boston last night in their win, but when its against the Leafs, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse...
Unless the Leafs can move up to top 7 (Monaghan territory) I suggest they should stay where they are. No use giving up assets on account of maybes and what ifs. #21 has probably as much chance as panning out as #8. If Gauthier is available, he seems like a good pick - big guys growing into their frames always have a certain unknown upside.
I'm sure everyone saw this
dallaseakins: Remember Gregory Campbells shift EVERYTIME you see a player holding his face or flopping around on the ice waiting to be rescued by Trainer
Hey Alec, you can tell how many people just leave the MLHS up There are 81 people still listening on the last blog, but only 34 people on this one lol
I want one of four centermen in this draft.
Monahan, Horvat, Domi or Lazar.
We would need to trade up to get one. Lazar is the most manageable trade up scenario.