Julien Gauthier

by Kevin LeBlanc on September 16, 2017

Julien Gauthier, RW

Shoots: R

Height: 6-4

Weight: 225

Born: 1997-10-15

Hometown: Pointe-aux-Trembles, QC, CAN

Drafted: 1st round in 2016 by Carolina, (21st overall)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

September 2017 - In what will be a big year for Gauthier's development, the hulking winger will likely spend the season in the AHL continuing to grow as an NHL capable forward. He will join an incredibly talented Charlotte Checkers group and should play solid minutes at even strength and on the power play. After coming off a 57 point season in his draft year where he posted a goal rate of .76 goals-per-game but an assists-per-game rate of just .30, Gauthier was a more balanced performer in 2016-17 with his goals-per-game rate dropping to .40 but his assist-per-game rate increasing to .80. With NHL ready size and an elite shot, Gauthier will need to continue improving as a two-way player to reach his ceiling as a prospect. I see him in the mold of an Anders Lee style player once he reaches the NHL level, where he will score a high percentage of power play points, and could be a 30-plus goal scorer if he plays with a distributing center.   Kevin LeBlanc

 

October 2016 - Gauthier had a good developmental summer for the Hurricanes, showcasing his NHL-level skill set at times in both prospect camp and at the Traverse City prospects tournament. He was returned to Val-d'Or to continue to develop and gain more consistency in his game. Given his NHL-ready size and shot, he may not be far from putting on a Hurricanes sweater. Kevin LeBlanc

 

July 2016 – In need of a sniper, Carolina drafted hulking winger Julien Gauthier with their second first round pick. His 41 goals in 54 games were sixth in the QMJHL last season, following up a 38-goal effort for Val-d’Or the season before. Gauthier is not a player who will thrive if forced to be a playmaker, but if he is paired with skiledlinemates he has proven he can put up high goals numbers. Armed with a lethal shot, he should be a power play weapon if his teammates can get the puck to him in high-danger situations. His size and strength is NHL ready and he could push for a roster spot as early as this coming season if he is able to impress in camp. Kevin LeBlanc

 

 

Fantasy Outlook: B

Potential to be a top-six power forward at the NHL level with high goal scoring totals.

 

 

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