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2016 NHL Draft Prospect Profile: Could Julien Gauthier crack the top ten?

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The big power forward could be a steal in the middle of the first round.

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Though he slipped in the final Central Scouting rankings, Julien Gauthier remains an elite power forward option for a team picking in the top half of the first round. The only undrafted player for Team Canada at the World Juniors, Gauthier scored better than a point-per-game in the QMJHL this past season, showing a willingness to play physical.

He's the kind of player that can make room for his linemates on the ice, and can be relied on to provide responsible defensive play. He'll be a big part of both the Foreurs and Team Canada again next season, both literally and figuratively. He'll be even bigger by the team he's an NHL regular, which combined with his skill and hockey sense makes him an elite prospect.

Position: RW
Current Team: Val-d'Or Foreurs, QMJHL
Date of Birth: October 175, 1997
Place of Birth: Pointe-aux-Trembles, Quebec
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 225 lbs
Shoots: Right


A Good Fit in Columbus?

Not since Rick Nash was traded to New York have the Jackets possessed a true power winger, but Gauthier would solve that. He'd need some seasoning in the minors but he's got top line talent. He would have to be patient with Cam Atkinson, Nick Foligno and Oliver Bjorkstrand ahead of him.

Gauthier in Action