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Re: Leafs sign Frederik Gauthier to ELC
« Reply #30 on: April 02, 2015, 05:23:47 PM »
He won defensive player of the year in the Q, pretty remarkable considering he missed a significant amount of time, gives you an idea just how highly regarded that side of his game is, he dominates in his own zone.

Obviously it's a real accomplishment and everything but I can't help but find the very concept of a defensive player of the year award in the Q to be kind of funny. What did he do? Accidentally bump into someone on his way back to the bench?
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Re: Leafs sign Frederik Gauthier to ELC
« Reply #31 on: April 02, 2015, 05:36:26 PM »
Is Gauthier eligible to play for the Marlies next year?

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« Reply #32 on: April 02, 2015, 05:45:45 PM »
Is Gauthier eligible to play for the Marlies next year?

He turns 20 on the 26th so yes.
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Re: Leafs sign Frederik Gauthier to ELC
« Reply #33 on: April 02, 2015, 05:48:20 PM »
Is Gauthier eligible to play for the Marlies next year?

He turns 20 on the 26th so yes.

Thanks - I hope the plan for him is to spend a couple/three years there continuing to develop both offensively and defensively against professionals. 

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« Reply #34 on: April 02, 2015, 06:14:19 PM »
A lot of people are not hot on Gauthier, I am.  He is 6'5", he is a specialist. Will be probably a very good 3rd line Centre, if he can keep developing his offensive game he may make #2.  I like his size, his strength and his presence. 

I remember him scoring a nice goal in the preseason. I think there is a lot more potential to this guy than some think.
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Re: Leafs sign Frederik Gauthier to ELC
« Reply #35 on: April 02, 2015, 06:20:05 PM »
I actually see Gauthier becoming quite popular in Toronto.

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« Reply #36 on: April 02, 2015, 06:22:54 PM »
Ya tall dark, handsome and a Pepsi you can love.
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« Reply #37 on: April 04, 2015, 07:49:10 PM »
Was just looking him up, has 7 assists through 4 playoff games.  Rimouski swept their opening round series.

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Re: Leafs sign Frederik Gauthier to ELC
« Reply #38 on: April 04, 2015, 08:01:40 PM »
A lot of people are not hot on Gauthier, I am.  He is 6'5", he is a specialist. Will be probably a very good 3rd line Centre, if he can keep developing his offensive game he may make #2.  I like his size, his strength and his presence. 

With the old Top 6/Bottom 6 model dying a slow death I think there's less of a divide between the #2 and #3 centre spots than you're making it out to be. Good teams nowadays will have three centres who can fairly regularly contribute offensively to the tune of 40+ points a year.

The question with Gauthier is going to be whether or not he can hit that level or if he'll exclusively be a defensive specialist which, right now, is probably more accurately described as a #4 centre.
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Re: Leafs sign Frederik Gauthier to ELC
« Reply #39 on: April 07, 2015, 10:13:26 AM »
A lot of people are not hot on Gauthier, I am.  He is 6'5", he is a specialist. Will be probably a very good 3rd line Centre, if he can keep developing his offensive game he may make #2.  I like his size, his strength and his presence. 


With the old Top 6/Bottom 6 model dying a slow death I think there's less of a divide between the #2 and #3 centre spots than you're making it out to be. Good teams nowadays will have three centres who can fairly regularly contribute offensively to the tune of 40+ points a year.

The question with Gauthier is going to be whether or not he can hit that level or if he'll exclusively be a defensive specialist which, right now, is probably more accurately described as a #4 centre.

Gauthier reminds me a lot of David Steckel.
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Re: Leafs sign Frederik Gauthier to ELC
« Reply #40 on: April 07, 2015, 06:38:28 PM »
A lot of people are not hot on Gauthier, I am.  He is 6'5", he is a specialist. Will be probably a very good 3rd line Centre, if he can keep developing his offensive game he may make #2.  I like his size, his strength and his presence. 


With the old Top 6/Bottom 6 model dying a slow death I think there's less of a divide between the #2 and #3 centre spots than you're making it out to be. Good teams nowadays will have three centres who can fairly regularly contribute offensively to the tune of 40+ points a year.

The question with Gauthier is going to be whether or not he can hit that level or if he'll exclusively be a defensive specialist which, right now, is probably more accurately described as a #4 centre.

Gauthier reminds me a lot of David Steckel.

He's a better skater than Steckel but I think it's actually an extremely fair comparison. 

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Re: Leafs sign Frederik Gauthier to ELC
« Reply #41 on: April 07, 2015, 06:41:45 PM »
Brandon Sutter is probably best-case scenario. Steckel/Malhotra the most likely. Career AHLer worst-case.

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Re: Leafs sign Frederik Gauthier to ELC
« Reply #42 on: April 07, 2015, 09:33:51 PM »
Brandon Sutter is probably best-case scenario. Steckel/Malhotra the most likely. Career AHLer worst-case.

And there is nothing wrong with that.  In fact this is the sort of reliable hockey player that the leafs need.  I mean ideally he would be able to be a really good 3rd line centre, like a Brandon Sutter, and then hopefully a guy like Carrick can slide in to the 4 spot.  I would like to see that.  Hopefully if they let Gauthier mature on the marlies it will improve his chances of getting to that ceiling.
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Re: Leafs sign Frederik Gauthier to ELC
« Reply #43 on: April 08, 2015, 05:40:26 AM »
I don't think it's a case of the top-2/bottom-2 forward lines disappearing for three lines that can contribute.  More like talent is spread out so thinly with so much expansion, there are no more top lines. 
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Re: Leafs sign Frederik Gauthier to ELC
« Reply #44 on: April 08, 2015, 09:51:14 AM »
I don't think it's a case of the top-2/bottom-2 forward lines disappearing for three lines that can contribute.

Except it absolutely is. Teams just aren't interested in third line centres who can't contribute offensively anymore. You look at a team like the Islanders giving Grabo long term money despite having two good offensive centres on their roster or how Tampa Bay is structured and it's pretty clear that having three lines that are expected to contribute offensively is the new normal.
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Re: Leafs sign Frederik Gauthier to ELC
« Reply #44 on: April 08, 2015, 09:51:14 AM »