22-Year-Old Center – Toronto Maple Leafs
Frederik Gauthier Contract Information:
Signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Maple Leafs in November of 2013.
Gauthier (lower body) is slated for surgery and could be sidelined for as long as six months, David Alter of The Athletic reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
There was no outlook written for Frederik Gauthier.
Gauthier is an intelligent, shutdown center with suspect wheels - his skating is his biggest weakness. He's big, as indicated by his 6-foot-5 frame, and he wouldn't look out of place in Blue and White, but he could use another year in junior to grow his game. After that, he'll likely need a couple years in the AHL. When he hits the NHL, Gauthier will be a faceoff specialist that brings a smothering presence which seldom translates into fantasy value. Sorry, Leaf fans.
Gauthier is a big (6-5), cerebral centerman who projects as a shutdown pivot who can occasionally pitch in some offense. In fact, he's the best defensive forward in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. He’ll be valuable to his on-ice team in a Martin Hanzal – Michal Handzus kind of way, but neither of those guys can be considered anything more than fantasy fringers. Leafs' general manager Dave Nonis believes Gauthier has some untapped offensive ability, but we'll wait to see if it becomes more than a promise before we draft him. Watch from a distance for now.