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Originally Posted by ErnieLeafs View Post
Just to have a little fun, and because I'm bored on a sunday, I figured I'd put together a little mock draft. Obviously, it's early, but I figure it may inspire a little more draft conversation.

Going with where I think we'll finish:

18. Frederik Gauthier, C, Rimouski Oceanic - A big, skilled, two-way center, who is probably the second best two-way forward in the draft, Finally gives the Leafs a guy who can play in all zones, with size, scoring ability, and the kind of defensive prowess you need from a top-6 pivot. Standing 6'5, 220lbs, as a 17 year old, Gauthier has TREMENDOUS upside. His scoring and playmaking abilities continue to develop at a rapid pace, and his defensive game is already solid at 17. Concerns are currently about his skating, but as with all big men, this is to be expected. Having one of the best in the business in Barbara Underhill on staff, This shouldn't worry folks all too much. With Frederik's size, skill, and smarts, He's almost assuredly going to have a career in the NHL

Potential: #1 Center - #3 Center

What the Experts say:
Craig Button: "In my eyes, Elias Lindholm [of Brynas in Sweden] and Frederik Gauthier [of Rimouski in the QMJHL] are in the same breath," he said. "They are arguably the top two-way forwards available."

Chris Bordeleau (Head Quebec scout for Central Scouting): "He's unbelievable for a young guy like that," Bordeleau said. "He can play defense. He's a big kid like that, the first player back, gets the puck, turns the play around and goes the other way. Hockey sense, he can shoot the puck, read the ice. He's a natural talent also."

"That game, he came back in his own end five times," Bordeleau said. "He was the first guy back and turned the play around. I've never seen that in 20 years. He's got everything. A kid that can play defense like that at his age, that kind of maturity, it's not often found. I was really impressed."

Prospect Profile (with a vid or two)


48. Tristan Jarry, G, Edmonton Oil Kings - The Leafs look to the west, in their search for a young, potential number 1 goaltender. Tristan Jarry has played behind Laurent Broissoit, and split time with him this season. Jarry has good size at 6'2, 180lbs, and is a hybrid style goalie. In 25 games this year, he's registered 16 wins, with a GAA of 1.66, and a .933 save percentage. He's been extremely good in shootouts, and looks the part of a potential number 1, if he continues to work on his flexibility and agility.

**There really isn't much of any video of him to add here

78. Marc-Olivier Roy, RW, Blainville - The Leafs go to the well once again, to the QMJHL, to add a high-potential winger to the fold. With eyes on developing a scoring winger for the top-6, the Leafs take Roy, who possesses great speed, and solid offensive instincts. He's a good development pick, seeing his production double from his rookie season in the Q, and growing into an important option for the Armada's attack. Roy is also a guy who isn't afraid to drop the gloves, and play a physical game.


108. Will Butcher, D, USNDTP - The Leafs add another smooth skating, two-way defender to their arsenal. You can't put a price on having defenders in your pipeline like the Leafs do, and they continue to add to it with Butcher. Butcher will bring his PMD status to the University of Denver next season, and this gives the Leafs a potential steal in the draft, allowing him to add strength and muscle to his small-ish frame. Butcher really caught my eye at the World U-17 Challenge last year, being the highest scoring defenseman in the tournament, and controlling the US powerplay extremely well.

Highlights: (he's the second on the list)

138. Sergei Tolchinsky, RW, Sault St. Marie - This dimunitive forward caused quite a stir at the World U-17 Challenge in Windsor last season. If not for his size, his hands and scoring ability may see him in the first two rounds, but at this point in the draft, the Leafs can afford to gamble on the little guy. He's a weapon with his lightning quick release on the power play, and will need to add significant core strength, but this is one mighty mouse with high-end scoring potential


I'm going to stop there.... The last two picks should be used for high upside projects.
I'd be ecstatic with Gauthier and Jarry first and second. A big center prospect and a very good young goalie to develop. I have a strong feeling Jarry will be the best goalie to come out of this draft.

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