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06-13-2013, 10:40 PM
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Originally Posted by Runner77 View Post
I keep reading that Gauthier is defensively responsible but his offense is questionable. Those who have seen him play, does he have the tools to develop greater offense?
When dealing with 18 year olds, the only thing certain is the uncertainty of the extent of their possible development. As with all oversized juniors, the question remains whether his effectiveness was more as a result of his size advantage or his superior skill set. My only concern with Gauthier are his heavy feet. If he can gain an element of quickness the potential for increased offence is there. If not, he will join the ranks of a growing list of large juniors who made little or no impact in the NHL. The team drafting him will have to assess and, if they draft him, assume that risk. Would I take him at 25? My scouts would really have to convince me that the chance of increased quickness was a probability and not a mere possibility. If not, I would pass and see if he lasts to 34.

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