Frederik Gauthier joins Marlies, Andreas Johnson gets SHL rookie of the year recognition

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Frederik Gauthier will join the Toronto Marlies for the playoff run on an ATO, meaning he’ll use the facilities and work with the Marlies development staff, as the Leafs like to do at year’s end with their eligible prospects. With centers Peter Holland, Trevor Smith, Greg McKegg, Sam Carrick and Jerred Smithson on the roster, it seems unlikely he will be thrust into his first AHL action during playoff time.

After 52 points in 54 games in the regular season, Gauthier added 3 goals and 9 points in 11 games in the playoffs. Nothing to shake a stick at, and he’s widely regarded as a ‘complete’ player for his age to go along with the size, but it’s a little underwhelming for a +1 season from a first-round prospect.

Here’s how his season stacked up against other CHL prospects in the same draft range:

 GPGAPtsPPG
Emile Poirier634344871.4
Hunter Shinkaruk18511160.9
Morgan Klimchuk573044741.3
Jason Dickinson682652781.2
Kerby Rychel311833511.6
Anthony Mantha5757631202.1
Ryan Hartman522528531.01
Frederik Gauthier541834520.96

Meanwhile, Andreas Johnson, selected 181 picks later in the 7th round of the same draft, has been awarded rookie of the year honours in the Swedish Hockey League for his 15 goal, 24-point season with Frolunda. Winners of the award since 2000 include, as well some no names, Henrik Zetterberg (fellow 7th round pick.. *excited squeal*), Nicklas Backstrom, Louis Eriksson, Victor Hedman, Tobias Enstrom and Patrick Hornqvist.

Wennberg was drafted 188 picks earlier than Johnson, 14th overall to Columbus, in the same draft. Johnsson had three more points in six less games this season.

Some context for those SHL numbers:

Johnson also added three goals and three assists in 7 World Junior appearances for Sweden, garnering ample praise from Jimmy Hughes for his performances in Malmo. It seems Johnson will remain in the SEL for at least another season, but he’s certainly put himself on the radar with this draft+1 season.

He’s even got a last name Don Cherry could handle.

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  • Xxxxxnew

    Andreas joins a pretty good group of rookies of the year.
    2000–01 Henrik Zetterberg Timrå IK
    2001–02 Rolf Wanhainen Södertälje SK
    2002–03 Tobias Enström Modo Hockey
    2003–04 Loui Eriksson Västra Frölunda HC (2)
    2004–05 Oscar Steen Färjestad BK (4)
    2005–06 Nicklas Bäckström Brynäs IF
    2006–07 Patric Hörnqvist Djurgårdens IF (4)
    2007–08 Daniel Larsson Djurgårdens IF (5)
    2008–09 Victor Hedman Modo Hockey (2)
    2009–10 Jacob Markström Brynäs IF (2)
    2010–11 Mattias Ekholm Brynäs IF (3)
    2011–12 Johan Larsson Brynäs IF (4)
    2012–13 William Karlsson HV71
    2013–14 Andreas Johnson Frölunda HC (3)

  • NotTheCanucksnaphook

    Fuckin Freddy Gauth !!!

  • PEIleafnation

    who drafted this gyy

  • steele123

    Thommie Bergam

  • Bruffins

    the man, the legend
    http://video.mapleleafs.nhl.com/videocenter/console?id=118955

  • NotTheCanucksnaphook

    Wait did you guys managed to dump on Gauthier in this article?
    Crabby fucks.

  • Bruffins

    NotTheCanucksnaphook  
    people just don’t know what to do when they come across true greatness…

  • NotTheCanucksnaphook

    Bruffins NotTheCanucksnaphook  and the fact he was playing midget AAA less than two years ago.

  • darthNihilus

    Bruffins NotTheCanucksnaphook  yeah nothing like the excitement of adding another potential 4th liner to the roster lol

  • NotTheCanucksnaphook

    darthNihilus Bruffins NotTheCanucksnaphook  Wow.  Just wow…..I see nothing has changed in the last week of not being here.  Fuckin fan base is incredible.

  • darthNihilus

    NotTheCanucksnaphook darthNihilus Bruffins  Why, should I be excited? I didnt like this pick when it was made. But I am excited about AJ though but maybe cause he is less known….

  • Mind Bomb

    NotTheCanucksnaphook Managing Expectations bro, Some will have already penciled him in for PP time

  • Bruffins

    one stick isn’t enough for our new God
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPo9-kUnFA0

  • Burtonboy

    https://twitter.com/Burkie2020 https://twitter.com/Burkie2020/status/455902081535475712
    At the team breakup dinner with https://twitter.com/boringmonahan. He had steak. So did four other people at the table.

  • [BBirde]

    Freddy Goats! Hopefully he gets a few games to play.

  • Reether

    I know it says players around who the leafs picked but just wanted to clarify that Rychel and Mantha were picked before our pick. 
    I don’t expect Gauthier to start breaking scoring records, but I do like what I hear about him being a complete player. Hope to see him in the lineup in a few years.

  • Mcost61

    Reether Be nice to have a low dollar guy to play in McC’s or Bollands place if he wants outrageous cash

  • Gene

    Wow, a guy drafted for his defensive ability didn’t score as much as a bunch of long bomb offensive guys?
    Shocked.

  • Murph2417

    I for one am excited about Freddy, could make a future decent 3rd liner for cheap. Knowing Bolland will likely either want a lot or walk I’d let him walk. If Freddy can even fill in for McC then why not? Use the kids when they are cheap. I like it, not sure why people are harking on him.

  • Mcost61

    Murph2417 My thoughts as well

  • Murph2417

    Mcost61 Murph2417  I never expected him to be anything more than a solid 3rd liner shutdown guy. Or 4th liner PK specialist. God knows we need a defensive forward on this team. We have enough scoring ability in my opinion.

  • Mcost61

    Murph2417 Mcost61 And no one who really wants to play D

  • Gene

    Murph2417 Why would you want a third liner when you can have a tweener like Klimchuk, Dickinson or Hartman?

  • Tim Horton

    Murph2417 Mcost61  Freddy has almost no ability to put up points though.  Mcclement was bad enough but at least he brought a vet presence. And I doubt Gauthier would ever be able to score 10 goals in the NHL if he barley can in the Q.

  • Murph2417

    @Gene Murph2417  Because we’ve got enough of them already

  • Mcost61

    Tim Horton Murph2417 Mcost61 I hope he can hit, we have become a weak assed pussy team

  • Murph2417

    Tim Horton Murph2417 Mcost61  Who cares? we’ve got enough scoring ability on the team already.. Once Kadri, JVR and a few marlies develop we will have lots to go with Bozak, Kessel, Lupul, Clarkson (he will be better)

  • Mcost61

    Problem is we are weak in defense, scoring is not our dilemma. We have next to zero grit and we let our goalie get rammed and all the players did nothing. I am ashamed of how soft we have become

  • Tim Horton

    Murph2417 Tim Horton Mcost61  We have been clamoring that we need scoring from 3 lines all year. I like that direction better. Gauthiers upside is a 4th line player, probably similar to David Steckel.  Steckel played in the league for years so he is obviously serviceable… I just hate him.

  • JMAC17

    Mcost61  yeah, what the hell happened this year?  We played so tough the year before.

    It really is shameful, like the heart of the team was ripped out.

    Were Komorov, MacA, Grabo and Fraser that important to our team?

  • Mcost61

    JMAC17 Mcost61 I don’t know if it’s trying to coach a different style or lack of heart. It just sickens me

  • Alec Brownscombe

    NotTheCanucksnaphook  Jesus Christ, no one is dumping on anyone.

  • Bruffins

    Alec Brownscombe NotTheCanucksnaphook  
    WHY ARE YOU SUCH A HATER??

  • Murph2417

    Tim Horton Murph2417 Mcost61  Yeah, that’s what I said lol. 3rd line TOPS

  • [BBirde]

    Just lol. http://www.milanlucicisabitch.com/

  • Cameron19

    Mcost61  We are weak in defensive forwards. Not defense. We need to differentiate.

  • Cameron19

    JMAC17 Mcost61  Yes, they were important to the room and Carlyle drove them out.  It’s not like they just left – the coach literally forced them out the door and left such a bad taste in their mouths, that they bashed him in the aftermath (but both were careful to be complimentary to the rest of the franchise). Moreover, they were replaced with Clarkson, a guy who got a ridiculous chunk of money to do nothing. It put Clarkson in an incredibly awkward position, and further aggravated the room.

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    So Bruce Arthur is replacing Cox at The Star.

  • NotTheCanucksnaphook

    ingy56  meh.

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    NotTheCanucksnaphook ingy56  I guess Strombo is busy.

  • darthNihilus

    Cameron19 Mcost61  we’re weak in the defense too.

  • Yan28

    For anyone watching Carlyle`s after gme pressers all year here should be no doubt that he`s a total idiot, he only had one answer `- We`re not competeing, we`re not moving our feet -, like a broken record.

  • NotTheCanucksnaphook

    ingy56 NotTheCanucksnaphook  Such a D-bag (him, not you)

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    NotTheCanucksnaphook ingy56  He and Strachan have some good Twitter wars…hissy fits is more like it.

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    Yan28  At they year end presser he said he didn’t have any answers.

  • NotTheCanucksnaphook

    ingy56 Yan28  great coming from your coach !!

  • darthNihilus

    ingy56 NotTheCanucksnaphook  isnt he a habinot fan?

  • Randy Carlyle

    Yan28  
    and how many cups have you won Mr. Smartypants?

  • Murph2417

    Randy Carlyle Yan28  Love the Avatar hahahha

  • Chris Jay

    Randy Carlyle Yan28  HA!