Gauthier hurt, but expects to be okay

- August 7th, 2014

SHERBROOKE, Que. — Frederik Gauthier missed the last 40 minutes of Canada’s exhibition game on Thursday but doesn’t think he’s any serious trouble.
The Maple Leafs’ first-round pick in 2013 experienced soreness after absorbing a hit against Russia in a game Canada won 6-3. It’s believed he was favouring his ribs.
“I’m sore a bit,” Gauthier said. “I didn’t want to take any chances, just stopped there. Feel okay. We’ll see. Going to check in with the doctor tomorrow just to be sure. It’s going to be okay.”
Gauthier was part of Canada’s team last winter in Sweden and if he makes the national junior team again for the 2015 tournament in Montreal and Toronto, the expectation is he will centre the fourth line.
There has been an improvement in his skating — Gauthier said he is more stable on his skates — and he was second in faceoff-winning percentage for Canada last year, as well as serving as a dependable penalty killer.
“It’s a matter of him being consistent,” Canada coach Benoit Groulx said. “He has to use his big body to go on the forecheck, to create offensive chances, to be tough to play against in the corners and in front of the net, and not be happy with being just a defensive player at this level.”

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2 comments

  1. rick akin says:

    This is a kid who sort of flies under the radar, but at a very young age, he is so responsible defensively . He does have a chance to grow his game , and with good coaching, he could morph into a decent NHLer . This is a big year for Freddie , and I bet he makes a lot of progress , scores at a higher clip than last year, and makes people take notice. Have a great season, big fellow.

  2. A13276 says:

    Carlyle will make an NHL player out of him – gotta love that size!

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