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Frederik Gauthier was selected 21st overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2013 draft.
With the 21st overall selection in the 2013 NHL entry draft, the Toronto Maple Leafs have selected Frederik Gauthier of the Rimouski Oceanic.
As a center, Gauthier fills a need for the Leafs and his size is a major plus—Gauthier is 6'5" and 210 pounds.
Gauthier is also an incredible back-checking center who's defensive game is among the best in this year's draft class for forwards. Per hockeysfuture.com:
He's strong on the cycle, skates well and uses his size to win battles. Though he may never be a top offensive threat, he has too many tools to ignore.
NHL central scout Chris Bordeleau had this to say about Gauthier:
As a player that some had going around the 21st overall pick, Gauthier is a safe pick from GM Dave Nonis.
With a player like Hunter Shinkaruk still on the board, though, this pick can be considered somewhat of a disappointment.
However, Leafs fans should look to the future and understand what Dave Nonis is trying to build. With Kadri on his way to becoming a first-line center, Joe Colborne blossoming into a potential top-six forward, Gauthier could fit in well as a solid two-way third-line center.
Using first-round pick to draft third liners isn't usually smart, Gauthier is a terrific fit for Toronto and would have been long gone by the time the Leafs picked again.