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Thursday Morning Mashup: Gauthier Shows Well

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How many different ways can you debate the Leafs‘ remaining cap space? We’re working our way toward finding out.

While we lose our minds, several Leafs prospects are busy plying their trade against the best junior players in the world.  Yesterday, Canada took on Finland, which featured centerman Frederik Gauthier, winger Ryan Rupert, and defenseman Matt Finn. Dominic Toninato, although having made the first cut of the US Hockey National Junior Eval Camp, did not compete against Sweden.

Gauthier, who centered  fellow 2013 1st rounders Hunter Shinkaruk and Anthony Mantha on the 2nd line, had the strongest showing of all the Leafs prospects.  Corey Pronman was live-tweeting the game and had this to say about Gauthier’s performance (and a little on Finn):

 

MLHS‘s very own Great Dane also happened to be in Lake Placid over the past 4 days and shared his thoughts on the Leafs‘ prospects:

Now by chance I have been in Lake Placid the last 4 days and have been to the games between USA white/Blue against Sweden and Finland and today:

Canada vs. Finland and USA vs. Sweden.

I saw more or less pro scouts from all teams including a couple of ex Leafs like Brian Burke, JFJ jr. and McCabe. Leafs had a couple of scouts there including Claude Loiselle who has been here both days.

OK – so Leafs prospects:

Dominic Toninato: Did not have a particular good game on Monday and didn’t play for USA today. IMO a long shot for even making the Leafs if his performance on Monday isn’t a one time off.

Rupert is basically a royal pain and did get time on the PK and did a very good job. Could in a couple of years make the 4th line and be special team player.

Finn was a big surprise to me. Composed, skillful and able to order his team mates around to cover the ice. He has a good overview and is good at foreseeing how the game develops. Good outlet pass and he position himself well.

First two period Sutter had Finn on the first PK unit and he did an excellent job.

Gauthier was centering Shinaruk and Mantha and did a an excellent job. Sutter put out that line everytime that he needed to control the game. Good overview and positioning. Scored a goal which started with him gaining control of the puck and moving it forward.

Defensively he is a good as proclaimed and offensively he is in IMO a lot better than expected. In a couple of years he will be a really-really good defensive forward that can control the game and close down the other team while still contributing with a lot of offense.

Still needs to work on the faceoffs.

With Gauthier I think Nonis and Co made a steal at the draft.

Amid the dearth of hockey news, it’s refreshing to hear that the Leafs’ most recent 1st rounder is making the most of his opportunity in front of  Hockey Canada’s brass. I’m not in a position to handicap the likelihood of Gauthier making the final cut, but it would be a real treat if the Leafs could have Gauthier and Rielly competing together against the world’s best juniors come December. You’d have to think that his combination of size (at 6’4” 215 lbs., he’s the biggest kid at camp and likely not finished growing), defensive acumen and offensive contribution makes him a pretty versatile player.  If he continues his strong play, he is sure to make himself hard to ignore.

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Morning Links

Terry Koshan: Gauthier shines for CanadaSome encouraging quotes from Coach Brent Sutter

ESPN: Prime candidates: David Clarkson or Wendel Clark?What in the fu oh, ESPN

Kyle Cicerella: Marlies GM (Poulin) not concerned with lack of veteran quidance - Marlies should garner a lot of attention next season and beyond

National Post: Storm clouds brewing over NHL-ready Markham arenaThe nicest ($325 million) hurricane shelter you’ll ever see

VLM: 12 treasured moments in Maple Leafs historyMichael shares his most treasured Leafs memories, what are yours?

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Random aside: I’m sure I’m not the first to notice this, but if you look at the above picture, I’m pretty sure Gauthier’s hand is bigger than Nonis’ face. This is one monstrous kid. 

A graduate student at Columbia University, Aaron is defined by a love of nature, an intense interest in finance, and a passion for the Blue & White. Toronto born and raised, earliest Leaf memories include emulating Joe Bowen calls and carpet mini-stick during HNIC. Former D1 NCAA Tennis player. Aaron can be found on Twitter at https://twitter.com/mapleleafmuse.

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624 comments
CanuckUKinToronto
CanuckUKinToronto

Sure is quit on the site.  Calm before the storm-.. well before Nonis makes something happen to fit our remaining RFAs into the team cap

wendelsfist
wendelsfist

I already read on PPP that Gauthier is a low risk, low ceiling fourth liner who will not be much better then Brent.   

Anthony Petrielli
Anthony Petrielli

Always freaks me out a bit when the site notes how many people are "listening" (which isn't even the real overall number) and there hasn't been a comment for awhile. 

Uncle Otis
Uncle Otis

Been catching up/back threading and read through The Gauthier discussions

I agree that the Leafs are purposely projecting him low/killing the hype as these eyes see a huge kid that can play A+ defensively,but also nice offensive skills with great straight line wheels and serious determination on the puck

To hell with 3rd line likely/2nd line ceiling...I think with polish we COULD he could have a serious shot at #1 center,with second line quite easily achieved

More skill/drive than Joe from what I see...and better smarts.

Read someone say that people who think size is hugely important don't know hockey haha

Well it's not the ONLY thing....but it sure as hell helps....and Big G has it in spades

The Habs will turn bleu,blanc and vert with envy

Dangle_My_Berries
Dangle_My_Berries

so anyone else pumped to watch Bernier in his first start as a Leaf? If he is the elite goalie everyone says he is, this could be the deal that Nonis will be remembered for. 

mike_84
mike_84

I'm sure this has been covered before but why is Reilly not part of team Canada?

Radar O'Rielly
Radar O'Rielly

Whenever a younger person walks up to me and says "I love this great song called Teenage Waste Land" I feel like punching them in face!

Radar O'Rielly
Radar O'Rielly

OI OI OI OI OI!!  I'm dirty, mean and mighty unclean, I'm a Wanted man, Public Enemy Number One 

Understand?

Mattmark
Mattmark

How about those Argos?  Thirty-one points in the first half!  In Montreal!

From about the last quarter of last season, through the playoffs and their Grey Cup win, and continuing on this year, Argos have given Toronto a football team worth cheering for!

Tommy Cat
Tommy Cat

@CanuckUKinToronto I hope it is sooner rather than later.  I don't likew the idea of going into camp with a key player having an unresolved contract issue.  It's a distraction to the whole team.

Dangle_My_Berries
Dangle_My_Berries

i know what your all thinking....good old DMB is just beating a dead horse to drum up conversation....but just think about it.....the Leafs with a top 5 goalie in the league.....mmm, makes me smile

wiski
wiski

@Optimustic I didn't know he had his name on the cup, I always thought of him as a 23-30-5 kind of a guy.

Optimustic
Optimustic

@mike_84 Rielly is 19, I think this tournament is for under 18 prospects.

CanuckUKinToronto
CanuckUKinToronto

@Tommy Cat @CanuckUKinToronto  Agreed.  I don't think there is any issue with Kadri.  I think something is going down and as a result, they can not sign both he and Franson now... unless one or more is being dealt in a blockbuster deal

Uncle Otis
Uncle Otis

@-Keon- 

And remembered it...even better!

D-man and I will crack a few for you on the dock :)

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

@Savo43 @Dangle_My_Berries 

I doubt Reimer is a Leaf after next season's deadline.  Once we feel confident that Bernier is the real deal...Reimer becomes expendable and a valuable trade asset at that.  Lot's of folks were climbing the ledge when Nonis traded for Bernier, but I agree with Dangle in that I think he's truly elite and this trade will end up as a feather in Nonis' cap.

Uncle Otis
Uncle Otis

@wiski 

For the lucky souls who own PVRs,we can 30 sec skip whenever Healy's swollen mug hits the screen avoiding the endless reminders :)

Alec Brownscombe
Alec Brownscombe moderator

@Optimustic @mike_84 Confusing this with the U18 over in Slovakia... this is the World Junior camp, but Rielly is a shoe-in so he didn't play in the exhibitions in favour of some players who the Hockey Canada brass want a thorough look at.

Tommy Cat
Tommy Cat

@CanuckUKinToronto @Tommy Cat I'm still of the opinion that JML gets moved somewhere.  Otherwise they would have brought him out.  Not the best option I know but it would have solved the issue and we all know the cap will go up again.  I'm not expecting a return back on JML and they may have to throw in a mid-prospect or mid round pick to get it done.

Savo43
Savo43

@Optimustic @wiski Fuck he was bad LOL. Funny that he shits on ppl for a living, when he spent his career shitting the bed. 

BigM27
BigM27

Actually the players who played last year in the tourney for Canada were given a pass (Rielly, Rhinehart, MacKinnon and Drouin).

Alec, I read somewhere that an interview with the Leaf goalie scout/instructor will be coming up....here are some questions......What do you observe that makes you say this kid could be a pro goalie among their skill set: save selection, skating, puck handling, compete level, rebound control, athleticism, positioning, mental toughness, glove hand, agility, stick use, communication with D-men work ethic, etc

and...do you rank these attributes and then begin to work on them one or two at a time? Are their other skills to look for?

Next question.....with goalies often maturing/developing late what do you look for in undrafted goalies at the college level or in Europe, what advice do you give them as they age and become better than they were at 18 and how do you find them or do they find you at the ECHL Levlel or Southern League etc?

Thanks Alec

Optimustic
Optimustic

@Alec Brownscombe @Optimustic @mike_84 Thanks Alec, I thought it was just for the newest prospects as most of the names I recognize are just drafted recently or in the case of Connor McDavid not even drafted yet.