|Junior Team: (QMJHL) Rimouski Oceanic|
|Stats: 62 GP/ 22 G/ 38 A/ 60 P/+ 22/ 26 PIM|
Through the years the Detroit Red Wings’ utility players are as beloved as their star players. In Frederik Gauthier, of Mascouche Quebec, Detroit would add a checking center ready to follow in the footsteps of role playing Red Wing centermen like: Kris Draper, Darren Helm, and Joakim Andersson.
Gauthier is ranked as the 8th best North American skater on NHL.com’s Draft Prospect Rankings, and by all accounts it’s well deserved. Gauthier’s head coach for the Oceanic (Serge Beausoleil) believes he has all the tools to be successful at the NHL level.
Beaulsoleil told Chris Messina of futureconsiderations.ca that Gauthier’s “reading of the game is what scouts like. He’s always well positioned that’s one of his greatest strengths.” Gauthier could fit quite nicely in a future Wings’ lineup alongside fellow Quebecer and defensive standout Xavier Ouellet.
Frederik Gauthier’s breakdown:
Why He Interests The Wings:
|In today’s NHL you need to be deep down the middle. Detroit has a penchant for acquiring centermen who can be counted on at both ends of the rink. Gauthier’s mindset is in line with the Red Wing way of doing things.|
|Future 2nd or 3rd line checking center. Will have to work his way up through the farm system like almost every other Wings’ draftee before him. Probably a few years a way from being an NHL regular.|