2013 NHL Entry Draft: Leafs Select C Gauthier
The Toronto Maple Leafs have selected C Frederik Gauthier 21st overall in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
Gauthier is 6-foot-5 and weighs a whopping 215 pounds at 18 years old. He produced 22 goals and 60 points in 62 games for the Rimouski Oceanic of the QMJHL. He was ranked 18th overall on the ISS' final draft rankings.
Corey Pronman, prospects writer for ESPN and Hockey Prospectus, wrote on Twitter that Gauthier is a "very good defensive center. Took all the tough assignments and draws. Big man who skates very well for his size. He’s not a tremendous offensive player, but Gauthier can make plays with the puck. Has 2nd line potential scoring-wise."
With the pick the Leafs import a player that should help down the middle. Joe Colborne had been their only centre prospect with top-six NHL potential, so general manager Dave Nonis made a safe pick here.
C Hunter Shinkaruk was available, who ranked 13th overall on the ISS' final draft rankings, but at 5'10, 180 pounds it's no surprise the Leafs opted to add size and toughness instead.
Toronto then drafted Carter Verhaeghe with their third round selection (after trading for Dave Bolland), who Pronman describes as a "two-way guy who PKs and works hard." Verhaeghe is a 6-foot-1, 180-pound centre that notched 44 points in 67 games for the OHL's Niagara IceDogs last season.
With their fifth round draft selection, the Leafs picked up Fabrice Herzog from Switzerland. Herzog is a 6-foot-1 winger that weighs in at 176 pounds. He put up four points in 20 games for Zug in Swiss-A.
The Leafs rounded out their draft picks with Antoine Bibeau, a goaltender from the QMJHL's PEI Rocket who recorded a .911 save percentage in 46 games, and Andreas Johnson, a Swedish winger who put up 54 points for Frolunda Jr..