2013 FanSided NHL Mock Draft

With the 18th overall pick in the 2013 FanSided NHL Mock Draft, the Detroit Red Wings select Frederik Gauthier from the Rimouski Oceanic in the QMJHL.

Frederik Gauthier
Age: 18
Position: Center
Height: 6’5″
Weight: 215lbs
Junior Team: (QMJHL) Rimouski Oceanic
Stats: 62 GP / 22 G / 38 A / 60 P / 22 PIM

Frederik Gauthier is ranked 8th among North American players by Central Scouting and 18th by International Scouting

If the Red Wings are looking for a power forward, Gauthier their guy. At a whooping 6’5″, he could be the biggest player taken in the 2013 NHL Draft.

In his first season in the QMJHL with Rimouski Oceasic, he was over a point per game player before hitting the rookie wall with 18 games left. In those 18 game he only put up another 8 points.

He is already a very polished player and while his offensive game might not work as well in the NHL, he would be a very good edition to the Detroit Red Wings.

Gauthier will spend at least one more season in the QMJHL before reporting to the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Frederik Gauthier’s breakdown:

Assets:

  1. Size - At 6’5″ he is one of the biggest players in the draft this year and you cannot teach that.
  1. Physicality - Uses his big fame well to win the tough puck battles.
  1. Defense - he is a solid back checker and can close down the shooting lanes.

Flaws:

  1. Offense - Might never be a true offensive threat in the NHL.
  1. Shooting - He tend to pass off the puck more than he should and needs to put more pucks on net.
  1. Physicality – Outside of puck battles he does not tend to toss his body around, but that should change with time.

NHL Comparable(s):

  1. Todd Bertuzzi – A prototypical power forward, that can create space with his body and take advantage of it.
  1. Tomas Holmstrom - More gifted talent wise, but could take over Holmstrom’s role in front of the net.
  1. Anze Kopitar – Big physical player who can put up points and is a smooth skater, does not have the offensive ability of Kopitar, but could grow into it.

 Why He Interests The Red Wings:

The Red Wings have been missing a true power forward, who can not only play a physical game, but is also be able to light the lamp consistently and that is what Gauthier could become for the Red Wings.

Career Potential:

A top six power forward, who could bring back memories of Brendan Shanahan, but with a bit less offensive fire power and could fill the void left by Tomas Holmstrom.

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