Leafs Prospect Frederik Gauthier is a QMJHL Champion

The Rimouski Oceanic have beaten the Quebec Remparts by a score of 2-1 in Game 7 to win the President’s Cup, making Leafs prospect Frederik Gauthier a QMJHL Champion.

Gauthier picked up one very, very important assist in the game, setting up Michael Joly’s game winner in double overtime…

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The 21st overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, Gauthier had a strong postseason with two goals and 16 points in 20 games. Gauthier also scored 32 points in 37 regular season games.

The Oceanic have now punched their ticket to the 2015 MasterCard Memorial Cup, which just so happens to be hosted by the Remparts team they just defeated. Also joining the Oceanic and Remparts in Quebec City will be WHL’s Kelowna Rockets and the OHL’s Oshawa Generals. The festivities will begin this Friday, May 22nd.

Gauthier was not the only Leafs prospect to lift a championship trophy recently either – Sioux Falls Stampede centre Dakota Joshua won the USHL’s Clark Cup this past Friday.

  • Gauthier has taken a lot of strides forward this year. Though the consensus is that Gauthier may have been a “bad” pick, I think it was as good as it gets at that point. Mantha taken a spot ahead was just our luck, but who would you have drafted that went after Gauthier? Maybe De La Rose or Petan, but Gauthier was projected as the 7th best NA skater. (Zykov and Shinkaruk were ahead, I am aware). All in all, I think Gauthier will be a really good depth forward for the organization for years to come.

  • Gary Empey

    After gazing into my crystal ball here in the Philippines, I predict that with players like Gauthier, Nylander, Granberg, Brown, our number four pick this year, and others that were too cloudy to see clearly, the rebuild is not going to take all that long.
    Leafs will be very competitive and exciting to watch in the 2015/2016 season. I also seen a faint outline of a massive parade stretching from the Star building all the way to Richmond Hill.

  • Benjamin

    I hate being a Debbie Downer but if Gauthier can’t even put up a PPG in his draft +2 year, he better be the second coming of Jesus on the defensive side of the puck. Maybe he takes some strides with the Marlies next year though, and at least he had a much better showing at the WJC this year.

    • We’ve known for years his offensive game isn’t going to be a strong point, but he’s played some very key defensive roles for some gold medal and championship winning teams. He’ll likely be an NHLer, but he’s likely to be a role player.

    • Benjamin

      If we’re lucky. Brian Boyle had two 50 pt seasons in the NCAA and a ‘Connor Brown’ type rookie season in the AHL.

      I haven’t given up on the Goat, but he’s got a ways to go.