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Frederik Gauthier Profile

Frederik Gauthier
Ht/Wt: 6' 5"/210 lbs
Position: C
Team: Rimouski (QMJHL)

Frederik Gauthier's Player Profile

Gauthier experienced an up-and-down campaign. He showed significant flashes, but also lapsed offensively for long stretches. He measures at 6'5", 214 pounds, has some offensive talent, and shows advanced play for his age. He is an above-average skater, well above-average for a player his size, as he has a real easiness to his stride. He exerts little effort in his pushoffs, and he picks up speed very well. He is very agile, given his size. He had good offensive numbers this season, despite lining up against the opposition's best players and taking a lot of defensive zone draws. He has a good amount of offensive hockey sense, but sometimes he is too conservative and would be better served by letting his creativity show. His pure offensive upside is a question mark. He also can be a gentle giant at times. He will engage, and I would not describe his play as soft, but he will not throw his body around, and he is not the meanest of players. Despite his frame, he does need to get stronger, and he could stand to shoot a tad more as well.
Submitted by: Corey Pronman of Hockey Prospectus. Click here for Pronman's draft rankings

After deliberating taking the NCAA route, it would appear that the decision to go to Rimouski has paid off for Frederik Gauthier. The mammoth pivot has quickly burst onto the scene as a legitimate top line centre in the QMJHL in addition to a potential blue-chipper for an NHL team.

Gauthier has a powerful stride and above average skating ability, something that is a major weapon given his size. His hockey sense and positional awareness is well developed and his skill level continues to impress. Overall, Gauthier is a player who needs polish but continues to see his stock on the rise. Donít be surprised to see him continue his ascension in our Final rankings at this rate.
Submitted by: The Scouting Report

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