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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:

331 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 !!!

ShiftyD
ShiftyD

Is it just me or do all these fans in stands sound like they're shouting GO LEAFS GO! Lol

Zep2
Zep2

@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

Komas Taberle
Komas Taberle

@Beleafer29 The Bruins will punish them next game, they will hit everything and even if they survive that the Bruins will win in 5

Bon Scott was a Leaf fan
Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

@wendelsfist 

Funny how only last season (and the season before) Bylsma was being heralded as an elite coach.  Next thing you know Paul MacLean will be the 2nd coming of Ron Wilson.

Komas Taberle
Komas Taberle

@mcloki Nice !

I want to see a Boston vs LA final.

Last man standing wins cup, lol!

Dangle_My_Berries
Dangle_My_Berries

@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 

Dangle_My_Berries
Dangle_My_Berries

@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 

Mind Bomb
Mind Bomb

@Burtonboy @mcloki Morning MC , BB and everyone. Me either, I called a Pit vrs LA, in all my pools, This year has been horrible hockey wise for Teasing me with potential wins then getting clobbered at the End. I may be done watching Hockey till September lol



Burtonboy
Burtonboy

@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 

LeafsForLife
LeafsForLife

@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.

wendelsfist
wendelsfist

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

LeafsForLife
LeafsForLife

@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.

LeafsForLife
LeafsForLife

@Burtonboy @Mind Bomb @mcloki Yes i am looking forward to next season. But i am intrigued to see what comes of this summer. The possibilities are so huge. The draft. Free Agent Frenzy. Buyouts. Going to be a crazy summer!

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

@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. 

MaxwellHowe
MaxwellHowe

@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.

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

@LeafsForLife @Burtonboy @Zep2 Crawford has played well enough . He's no Rask or Quick but he gets the job done. The key for the Hawks is their defense . Fast and can move the puck . It sets everything else up

LeafsForLife
LeafsForLife

@Burtonboy @Zep2 @LeafsForLife wow anything closely resembling the Hawks is something to look forward to. I am curious, what is everyone's take on Crawford? Is he the real deal or just a fluke along for the ride on a good Hawks team?

LeafsForLife
LeafsForLife

@Mind Bomb @Zep2 @LeafsForLife Yes i was thinking big things myself while leading 4-1 in the 3rd. I think Leafs would have given any western finalist a pretty good go. And if sitting in the finals i am beleafing in them for it all.

Zep2
Zep2

@LeafsForLife @Zep2 I thought that we could get to the Finals if we got by the Bruins.

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


Komas Taberle
Komas Taberle

@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.