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06-14-2013, 06:10 AM
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Originally Posted by ChesterNimitz View Post
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.
Good assessment. But we also needs to be concerned about the real possibility of him developing an offensive game in the bigs. I do have my doubts about that as well. His first steps aren't that great, to say the least. Once he gets going though, I don't think it's that problematic. As a matter of fact, I've seen him a lot this year, and sometimes live and I can say that he had improved all year long in that regard which at one point, is key in assessing a prospect development. He has to be considered at 25. Not sure that he will be THE guy though with everything that goes on during that day.

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