Freddy Gauthier will be the 11th #leafs player to make his NHL debut this season.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) March 19, 2016
Frederik Gauthier is the latest Marlie to be set to make his NHL debut, slotting into the lineup tonight after being called up on an emergency basis (along with Josh Leivo, who’s been floating between the teams so often it’s easy to lose track of him.)
With Brooks Laich, Peter Holland, and Leo Komarov all sidelined by injuries, the door’s opened for Gauthier to make an impact at the NHL level in his tryout.
Freddie, affectionately nicknamed “The Goat” by many, was picked 21st overall in the 2013 draft, a selection which has been much-criticized among the Toronto fanbase. Assuming he plays tonight, Gauthier will be the 27th out of 30 first round picks from the 2013 draft to make his NHL debut.
He’s put up 16 points in 52 games this season with the Marlies. Per Jonas Siegel, he’s matched up with some familiar faces for his first game with the big club.
Gauthier paired with Connor Brown and Josh Leivo this morning.
— Jonas Siegel (@jonassiegel) March 19, 2016
While it’s clear from his AHL and QMJHL stats that he’s not going to light up the scoresheet, it’ll be interesting to see if Gauthier can impress well enough in other areas.