If there was ever a sleeper pick, it could be Gauthier. He’s a man among boys and he just turned 18 in April. If the Islanders don’t choose him with the number 15 pick in this years 2013 draft, it’s certainly not from a potential talent stand point. Make no mistake, this prospect has all the tools to be a solid top six forward for years to come. He just may not be what the Islanders need in 3+ years. Name: Frederik Gauthier
Age: 18 (Birthday was in April)
ISS ranking 18 Central Scouting: 8
Comparisons: Martin Hanzal, Jordan Staal
Complete 2012-13 season: Total games: 69 Goals: 23 Assists: 41 Points: 64
Have not read a bad thing about him and I do a lot of reading. Apparently towards the end of his first season in the Quebec League he started feeling some fatigue, which is normal for mostly all rookies, so those statistics should climb next season with a proper offseason. He’s hard to control and tough to defend because of his size. If you can believe this, they’re saying he still has some time to grow in inches and develop more! He plays to his strength, is a very good skater for his height and size, protects the puck very well; Solid two-way game, makes his teammates around him better due to his good passing skills and can find the net regularly, especially when he drives to it and has a wicked wrist shot. Played in the Under 18 IIHF World Championships and scored the game winning goal against the United States to win gold.