Fantasy Summary

Creative, relentless forward with decent but improvable puck skills. Still raw, but could develop into a potent top-six forward at the NHL level.


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June 2023 – Gauthier was selected 37th overall by the Lightning. Pat Quinn


April 2023 – For an average-sized winger, Gauthier’s physicality really stands out. He is both adept at and unafraid of throwing his weight around on the forecheck, while also displaying an impressive ability to stay in the play rather than chase hits. Most of his shots occur in the slot, which he manages by timing his offensive movement to perfection. A push-off here, a curl-up-and-funnel-down play there, and Gauthier has his stick up between the dots, ready to one-time it at a moment’s notice. He displays intelligence in almost every offensive scenario, but his puck skills being average or slightly above-average across the board, as well as his lack of defensive consistency, make him more of a late first-rounder. In Gauthier, you’re getting a player with all the physical tools and mental habits to become an NHLer, but who lacks true star power. An ideal pick for a contender with its fair share of stars already. Hadi Kalakeche


September 2022 — Gauthier performed especially well at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup, potting six goals and adding an assist in five games for Team Canada. For those who have watched him in the QMJHL, however, this doesn’t come as a surprise from the author of 39 points in 65 games for the Sherbrooke Phoenix.

An exceptionally relentless forechecker with decent hands in tight and lots of creativity to his game, Gauthier has a solid base of skills, on top of an above-average stride and great physical habits along the boards. He has great overall instincts and can find opportunities to score where others can’t.  His intensity and drive are contagious, and he has a solid shot to capitalize on the chances his intelligence and positioning create. He’ll need to diversify both his shooting and playmaking arsenals, but with the base of skills he currently possesses, the range of outcomes mostly points to the NHL. He projects as a safe middle-six forechecking forward, but could very well develop into a top-six staple with the right work at the right places. Hadi Kalakeche

Fantasy Upside 7.0
NHL Certainty 8.5
Country CAN
Position RW
Roster Type Junior
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth January 26, 2005
Height 6‘0”
Weight 183 lbs
Drafted 2023 Round 2; Overall: 37


 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2014-2015 Montréal Ice StormBrick Invitational6 0 00 2|        
 2016-2017 Collège St-Bernard M15 D1 RLHPS M15 Majeur2 0 00 2|        
 2017-2018 Collège St-Bernard M15 D1 RLHPS M15 Majeur26 9 1019 18|Playoffs6 4 812
 2018-2019 Bois-Francs Cascades M15 AAA EQM15AAA E30 8 1220 14|        
 2019-2020 Bois-Francs Cascades M15 AAA EQM15AAA E23 13 2740 22|        
  Marie-Rivier Canimex M17 AAAQM17AAA1 0 00 0|        
 2020-2021 Magog CantonniersQM18AAA0 0 00 0|        
 2021-2022 Sherbrooke PhoenixQMJHL65 18 2139 40|Playoffs11 1 34 10 
 2022-2023 Canada U18Hlinka Gretzky Cup5 6 17 4|        
  Sherbrooke PhoenixQMJHL66 30 3969 47|Playoffs11 4 711 14 
 2023-2024 Drummondville VoltigeursQMJHL64 36 3571 42|Playoffs7 8 715