2013 NHL Draft Profile Series – Frederik Gauthier

2013 NHL Draft Profile Series – Frederik Gauthier

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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:

Alex has been a part of the original MLHS team since way back in 2008. He has contributed to the 2009-12 Maple Leafs Annuals with a special interest in junior hockey and player development.
283 comments
mcloki
mcloki

Morning gents. I hope yore all doing well. These late games are killing me.

LeafsForLife
LeafsForLife

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...

rustynail
rustynail

James Mirtle ‏@mirtle

28s

Can anyone explain why the Kings couldn't score in 2011-12 reg season but caught fire in playoffs and have done the opposite this year? Odd.

wendelsfist
wendelsfist

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

Savo43
Savo43

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. 

whalz
whalz

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

B_Leaf
B_Leaf

Gauthier will probably be the best pick available at 21

odd man rush
odd man rush

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 !!!

tucker2corson
tucker2corson

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

slickrick
slickrick

does jay feaster still have a job in calgary? 


Dangle_My_Berries
Dangle_My_Berries

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 

DeclanK
DeclanK moderator

Here's a link to all 7 Games for Leafs/Bruins.


leafmealone
leafmealone

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. 

Savo43
Savo43

Pavel Buchnevich? 

Komas Taberle
Komas Taberle

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.

flappypaddle
flappypaddle

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..

Knights2Leafs
Knights2Leafs

Whatta you think of this avatar?  Hard to see but it's got the autograph on it.

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

Yep that plus the talent is better then anyone givrs them credit for

ingy56
ingy56

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. 

rustynail
rustynail

Dave Molinari ‏@MolinariPG

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.

Komas Taberle
Komas Taberle

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?

Dangle_My_Berries
Dangle_My_Berries

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...

MaxwellHowe
MaxwellHowe

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.

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

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

Mind Bomb
Mind Bomb

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

vesku35
vesku35

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.