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Possible Draft Target: Julien Gauthier

by Jason Pirie / Calgary Flames

Julien Gauthier is a one-man wrecking crew.

A bull on skates if you will.

A son of a national bodybuilding champion, the 6-foot-4, 225-pound power winger has been wreaking havoc on the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League for three seasons.

While both his father and grandfather pumped iron on their way to Mr. Canada titles, Gauthier opted to go a different route by hammering rubber in the net.

A self-proclaimed “shooter more than a passer”, Gauthier impressively notched 30 of his 41 goals this season at even strength or shorthanded.

Strangely, the sniper’s ranking slid from fourth to 12th among North American skaters over the second half of the season.

But don’t discount Gauthier just yet.

He’s not only a pure goal scorer but a winner.

A sixth overall pick by Val-D’or in 2013, Gauthier captured a QMJHL title with the Foreurs the following season as a 15-year-old.

He was also the lone eligible skater to represent Team Canada at World Juniors over the holiday break, chipping in with a pair of helpers in five games.

The nephew of former NHLer Denis Gauthier is an explosive skater who enjoys nothing more than to drive the net and deposit the puck. An aggressive forechecker, the dynamic force scores a majority of his goals around the crease and uses his size to his advantage while he bangs and crashes in the dirty areas.

For a prospect that takes pride in a sound 200-foot game, Gauthier will certainly be on the radar of teams lacking size, not to mention goal production from the right side.

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