By John Vogl
Junior team: Rimouski (QMJHL)
Born: Mascouche, Quebec
Measurables: 6-foot-5, 210 pounds
2012-13 stats: 62 games, 22 goals, 38 assists, 60 points
Central Scouting rank: No. 8 (North America)
Lowdown: Gauthier was on his way to Harvard, which isn’t a bad place to go for hockey or an education. Then the phone rang. Sidney Crosby, a former star for Rimouski, told Gauthier to reconsider his career choice. When the greatest player in the world calls, it’s wise to listen. So Gauthier changed his mind and took his big body to Rimouski.
The big body is what should carry Gauthier to the NHL. You can’t teach size, especially when that size can skate well and create offense. Gauthier averaged nearly a point per game for the Oceanic, and his defensive awareness was outstanding. He’s universally praised for his eagerness to play in his own zone.
The knock on Gauthier is his inability or unwillingness to consistently use his size, a common complaint with big men. He doesn’t have a mean streak yet. He stumbled in the playoffs, recording just two assists in six games.
He said it: "There's a defensive end and offensive end, and you have to chip in with both. I learned that every time you're on the ice you have to give it what you got, and on the next shift give it what you got. You have to empty the tank each time you're out there, and that's what I try to do." – Gauthier to NHL.com.
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