Frédérik Gauthier

Frédérik Gauthier (born April 26, 1995) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player currently playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs in the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected by the Maple Leafs in the first round, 21st overall, of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

Frédérik Gauthier
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Gauthier with the Toronto Marlies in 2018
Born (1995-04-26) April 26, 1995 (age 24)
Laval, Quebec, Canada
Height 6 ft 5 in (196 cm)
Weight 235 lb (107 kg; 16 st 11 lb)
Position Forward
Shoots Left
NHL team Toronto Maple Leafs
NHL Draft 21st overall, 2013
Toronto Maple Leafs
Playing career 2015–present

Playing careerEdit

As a youth, Gauthier played in the 2008 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with the Montreal Canadiens minor ice hockey team.[1] He played junior ice hockey with Rimouski Océanic in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) after he was originally selected 40th overall in the 2011 QMJHL Entry Draft. He was a top prospect who was ranked eighth on the NHL Central Scouting Bureau's final ranking of North American skaters.[2] He fulfilled the expectation to be a first-round selection at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, when he was selected 21st overall by the Maple Leafs.[3][4]

 
Gauthier takes a face-off for the Toronto Marlies during the 2018 Calder Cup Final.

Having returned to continue his junior career with Rimouski, Gauthier was signed during the 2013–14 season to a three-year, entry-level contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs on November 28, 2013.[5]

Gauthier joined the American Hockey League (AHL)'s Toronto Marlies for the 2015–16 season. After receiving a call-up by the Toronto Maple Leafs, he made his NHL debut on March 19, 2016, in a game against the Buffalo Sabres.[6] He played seven games with the Maple Leafs before being sent back to the AHL.

While playing with the Marlies, Gauthier was injured in the second-round of the 2017 Calder Cup playoffs against the Syracuse Crunch. He required surgery to repair an avulsion of the hamstring, ending his season. Although his projected recovery time was six months, he was back skating in less than three months.[7]

On January 2, 2018, Gauthier was called-up to the Maple Leafs to play against the Tampa Bay Lightning, a 2–0 loss. He was sent back down to the AHL on January 11 after playing five games in the NHL so that he could continue playing hockey while the Leafs were on a bye week.[8] Gauthier and fellow Marlies player Travis Dermott were recalled on January 15.[9] On January 23, after playing a total of nine games in the NHL during which he scored one goal, Gauthier was returned to the Marlies.[10]

On July 11, 2018, Gauthier signed a two-year, two-way contract extension with the Maple Leafs.[11]

International playEdit

Medal record
Representing   Canada
Ice hockey
IIHF World U18 Championship
  2013 Russia
IIHF World U20 Championship
  2015 Canada

Gauthier was a member of the gold medal-winning Canadian team at the 2013 IIHF World U18 Championships.[12]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2012–13 Rimouski Océanic QMJHL 62 22 38 60 26 6 0 2 2 2
2013–14 Rimouski Océanic QMJHL 54 18 34 52 27 11 3 6 9 6
2014–15 Rimouski Océanic QMJHL 37 16 16 32 21 20 2 14 16 4
2015–16 Toronto Marlies AHL 56 6 12 18 10 9 0 0 0 4
2015–16 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 7 0 1 1 0
2016–17 Toronto Marlies AHL 46 4 9 13 14 6 1 3 4 2
2016–17 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 21 2 1 3 23
2017–18 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 9 1 0 1 0
2017–18 Toronto Marlies AHL 57 7 11 18 10 20 2 6 8 4
2018–19 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 70 3 11 14 12 7 0 0 0 2
NHL totals 107 6 13 19 35 7 0 0 0 2

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2012 Canada Quebec WHC17 6th 5 1 2 3 2
2013 Canada WJC18   7 1 3 4 2
2014 Canada WJC 4th 7 0 1 1 2
2015 Canada WJC   7 0 1 1 0
Junior totals 26 2 7 9 6

Awards and honoursEdit

Award Year
QMJHL
CHL Top Prospects Game 2013
All-Rookie Team 2013
Guy Carbonneau Trophy 2015
AHL
Calder Cup (Toronto Marlies) 2018 [13]
International
IIHF World U18 Championship Gold Medal (Team Canada) 2013 [14]
IIHF World U20 Championships – Gold Medal 2015

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved January 5, 2019.
  2. ^ "Frederik Gauthier plays all-round game well beyond his years". National Hockey League. June 21, 2013. Retrieved June 21, 2013.
  3. ^ "NHL Draft Lottery 2013: Teams That Will Strengthen Playoff Chances in Newark". Bleacher Report. June 21, 2013. Retrieved June 22, 2013.
  4. ^ "ISS Hockey Releases Final Mock Draft Picks for Sunday's NHL Draft". prweb.com. June 18, 2013. Retrieved June 18, 2013.
  5. ^ "Maple Leafs sign Gauthier to three-year deal". Toronto Maple Leafs. November 28, 2013. Retrieved November 28, 2013.
  6. ^ Johnston, Chris (March 19, 2016). "Frederik Gauthier brings size, smarts and personality to young Leafs". Sportsnet.ca. Toronto: Sportsnet. Retrieved December 8, 2017.
  7. ^ Zwolinski, Mark (November 8, 2017). "The long and the short of Frederik Gauthier's return from his leg injury". Toronto Star. Retrieved December 8, 2017.
  8. ^ "Leafs send defenceman Dermott, Gauthier back to Marlies". Sportsnet.ca. January 11, 2018. Retrieved January 14, 2018.
  9. ^ Johnston, Mike (January 15, 2018). "Maple Leafs recall Travis Dermott, Frederik Gauthier from AHL's Marlies". sportsnet.ca. Retrieved January 16, 2018.
  10. ^ "Leafs recall Kasperi Kapanen from AHL Marlies, demote Frederik Gauthier". sportsnet.ca. January 23, 2018. Retrieved February 2, 2018.
  11. ^ "Maple Leafs Sign Frederik Gauthier to Two-Year Contract". NHL.com. July 11, 2018. Retrieved July 15, 2018.
  12. ^ "Canada ends U.S. run of dominance at U-18s". National Hockey League. February 2, 2013. Retrieved February 2, 2013.
  13. ^ "Marlies bring a hockey championship to Toronto, win Calder Cup". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. June 15, 2018. Retrieved June 15, 2018.
  14. ^ "Canada crowned under-18 hockey champions". The Globe and Mail. February 2, 2013. Retrieved February 2, 2013.

External linksEdit

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Morgan Rielly
Toronto Maple Leafs first round draft pick
2013
Succeeded by
William Nylander