With a few more cuts on the way for Team Canada ahead of the annual World Junior tournament, Leafs’ prospect Frederik Gauthier appears to be a last-minute decision.
McKenzie on WJC cuts: “(Samuel) Morin and (Frederik) Gauthier need to have strong games against the Russians on Friday night.”
— Will (@HeyMyNameIsWill) December 17, 2014
Gauthier has been a bit of a divisive prospect among Leafs fans since he was taken in the first round in 2013. While he’s always been viewed as a strong defensive player, many have been disappointed that he hasn’t taken a step forward with his offensive game over the last couple seasons.
Failing to return to the World Junior team would likely bring up a lot of the same debates about where Gauthier projects as a pro, but should it? We know that the Leafs don’t have a big scorer here, and whether he makes the team or not, he’ll likely still be looked upon as a serviceable bottom-sixer in terms of potential.
Of course, you want to see your favourite team’s prospects any chance you can get, so hopefully Gauthier brings a solid effort over the weekend and we can watch him suit up in red and white over the next couple weeks while we all drink Screech and egg nog.