Gauthier returned to Marlies

Why have a Goat Tracker if you don’t track The Goat?

After just two games in his first NHL stint, Frederik Gauthier was returned to the Toronto Marlies.

Gauthier picked up 22:02 of ice time over the two games, and did not register a point. He skated most of his ice time with Josh Leivo and Connor Brown. He contributed two shots on net, and was on the ice for a goal against. He put up a 61.3% Corsi at even strength over the admittedly small sample. 

There’s not much to be said about this move, as he’s the sensible move to return to the AHL as Bozak slots back into the lineup.

While it’s unforeseen how Gauthier will fit into the Leafs plans for the rest of this year and in the future, he did seem to earn praise from head coach Mike Babcock.

The Marlies play their next two games at home against the St. John’s IceCaps, this Saturday and Tuesday, while the Leafs face off against the Ducks on Thursday night.

  • CMpuck

    I thought Gauthier looked pretty good out there. Not known as an offensive guy, yet he got a lot of chances. Might be one of those guys who fits in better at the NHL level due to having good anticipation and positioning or something like that.

    • magesticRAGE

      I think you’re bang on. I said it at the beginning of the season, he was too smart for junior, he plays a pro style game. In the two games he played, he beat the goaltenders 3 times, 2 posts, 1 crossbar, and 1 breakaway. He drastically improved his draws the second game (50%), and had no problems keeping pace. I’d say he made great use out of his opportunity, especially when he’ll spend most of next season as a Marlie. He’s the future playoff shutdown center that Babcock will fall in love with.