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Fantasy Summary

Well-rounded forward with an array of dangerous shots in his arsenal. Plays a strong game off the puck and should grow into a two-way goal-scoring winger at the NHL level.


Observations

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July 2022 – Gauthier has been selected by the Philadelphia Flyers with the fifth overall pick in the 2022 NHL Draft. Nick Richard

June 2022 – Gauthier spent some time playing down the middle but was used mostly as a winger with the NTDP during his draft year. NHL teams, however, reportedly view him as a center at the pro level and Gauthier also stated at the NHL Scouting Combine that Boston College plans to play him as a center when he begins his collegiate career next fall. His draft stock was already rising in the latter part of the season and the fact that NHL teams believe he can play center will only increase it further. Nick Richard

May 2022 – After netting 20 goals in 44 games with the U17 squad a year ago, Gauthier exploded for 34 goals in 54 games with the NTDP’s U18 team in 2021-22 – second-most on the team behind Rutger McGroarty. He would go on to add another three goals and six assists through six games at the U18 World Championships, earning a silver medal with Team USA. Perhaps more impressive than the goal totals themselves is the variety of ways in which Gauthier was able to find the back of the net throughout the season. He is opportunistic around the net, positioning himself well for rebound chances or backdoor passes. He can beat defenders with strong power moves to the net and he is a dangerous one-touch scorer who can pounce on loose pucks in the slot or hammer one-timers from the faceoff circle. Gauthier was always considered a fairly safe pick due to his projectable frame and well-rounded game but he took his offense to another level this year and could end up being selected in the top-10 of the 2022 NHL Draft as a result. Nick Richard

December 2021 – Gauthier is having a solid season and though he hasn’t produced at quite the same rate as some of his NTDP teammates, I think there are some pro-level traits to his offensive game.

Gauthier is a skilled, active player in the offensive zone who has the ability to beat goaltenders with his powerful, accurate shot. Outside of his shot, he doesn’t necessarily have any standout skills but he does a lot of things to help drive offense for his team. Gauthier can make plays off the wall, plays a solid physical game, and is an efficient distributor who utilizes his teammates effectively. His skating is good, not great, but he makes smart reads and maintains strong positioning all over the ice to help drive possession. Gauthier may not have the pure offensive upside that others in this class do but his well-rounded game and high-end shot make him a pretty safe bet as a top-nine NHL forward. Nick Richard

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 8.5
NHL Certainty 9.0
Country USA
Position C
Roster Type Draft Eligible
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth January 19, 2004
Height 6‘3”
Weight 201 lbs
Drafted 2022 Round 1; Overall: 5

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2013-2014 Western Selects Brick Invitational6 1 12 4|        
 2015-2016 Draftday Hockey Selects U12WSI U128 2 46 6|        
 2016-2017 Detroit Honeybaked QC Int PW5 2 13 2|        
 2017-2018 Honeybaked 13U AAAHPHL 13U17 6 1117 0|        
  Pro Hockey Selects 2 U14WSI U146 4 610 -|        
 2018-2019 Honeybaked 16U AAAHPHL 16U19 11 516 18|        
  Honeybaked 16U AAA16U AAA65 28 2755 -|