2013 NHL Draft Part 3 (Flyers own the 11th overall pick)
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04-29-2013, 07:57 PM
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: London Ontario
Frederik Gauthier? Yeah, I've watched a lot of video on him. He's probably the best defensive forward in this draft. He's already 210 pounds and is very agile on his feet. He's a great skater, but his offensive game needs work. It's coming around, but he can probably use another season or two at the QMJHL to work on his offensive game. He's also a bigger player, so you're looking at about 3 to 4 years at the NHL before his game really translates.
In terms of development path, it really varies. If he doesn't become an offensive player, at the very least, you've got a Martin Hanzal type player on your hands. If Gauthier develops an offensive game, he could be a Patrice Bergeron type of player. He really has excellent offensive upside though, so it's very possible he can reach that ceiling.
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