Leafs Play it Safe with Gauthier Pick

Justin Fisher
June 30 2013 06:47PM

With the 21st overall pick, the Toronto Maple Leafs selected the Rimouski Oceanic's Frederik Gauthier, a hulking centre with high-end defensive skills.

To be honest, it's a little underwhelming.

One can't be too upset with the Gauthier selection. It's not often a team has the opportunity to add a 6'5, 214lb shutdown centre to their stable. If anything, criticism of the pick is rooted in the notion that the Leafs played it too safe. Gauthier appeared in 62 games this past season, scoring 22 goals and 38 assists for 60 points. Not a bad stat line, but not indicative of a future point-producing juggernaut.

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Leafs acquire Dave Bolland from Chicago

Cam Charron
June 30 2013 04:54PM


Very difficult to gauge how I feel about this one.

From one perspective, it's nice to see that the Toronto Maple Leafs added an NHLer to their roster without giving up an NHLer in return. Second and fourth round picks don't usually amount to much, and it takes a lot of luck and patience. Bolland is a player who will immediately fit on the Leafs roster, signed at $3.375M for the next year before going to UFA.

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With the 21st pick, the Maple Leafs select... Frederick Gauthier

Cam Charron
June 30 2013 03:18PM

Credit to Nations photo Dimitri Filopovic

Somewhat expected, the Toronto Maple Leafs went with the big centreman Frederick Gauthier of the Rimouski Oceanic with the 21st overall pick. Gauthier had been given to the Leafs in several mock drafts—either him or Kerby Rychel—as the Maple Leafs continue the theme of drafting size rather than skill among forwards.

The pick isn't *awful*, but it is a *safe* pick. Pierre McGuire stated the obvious when he suggested that Gauthier will never be like Ron Francis. It's not a reach, as Gauthier was ranked No. 20 in our NHL Numbers consensus picks, but considering a skilled forward like Hunter Shinkaruk had fallen to the Leafs spot, I can understand if fans feel the team didn't try to hit a home run.

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Leafs Draft Preview: A Note on Goalers

Justin Fisher
June 30 2013 09:30AM

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Mississauga's Spencer Martin (Photo: www.mississaugasteelheads.com)

Ahead of this afternoon's draft, we've been looking at some of the players that may be possible first round draft targets for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Not one of them a goaltender.

There's several good reasons for this. Most significantly, there's only a goaltender or two expected to go in the first round. Then there's the fact that during Dave Morrison's tenure as top scout, the Leafs have drafted only three goaltenders in seven drafts. 

Still, who's to say a goalie isn't 21st on the Leafs' draft rankings? Or 10th? Or 1st? (I mean really, would you put something that silly past them?) 

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The Leafs will probably not move into the Top Five today

Cam Charron
June 30 2013 09:02AM

Plus ça change...

Be wary of unsourced information. There are so many rumours that are going to come up within the next week or so, and without knowing the sources, it's hard to know who is using whom to mess with who.

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