How a wasted pick in Frederik Gauthier was salvaged

The other day we found out our beloved Goat, Frederik Gauthier, is parting ways and likely heading to the Coyotes on a PTO. I guess, that doesn’t mean it’s set in stone, but with him heading to UFA in the first place, it seems like the Leafs were ready to cut ties with the center.

Sounds like former TOR C Frederik Gauthier is weighing a PTO w/ARIZ. The Coyotes are looking for a centre.
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) December 22, 2020

Gauthier had a very interesting tenure with Toronto for someone who maxed out as a fourth line center, but then again, your career is always going to be interesting when you play for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
It also shouldn’t be surprising when you’re a first round pick. In 2013, the then-Dave Nonis led Leafs selected Gauthier with the 21st pick, and aside from the Leafs themselves and some of the MSM who still had an old school mindset, it was a widely panned pick. Not only were there players like Andre Burakovsky and Shea Theodore still available to take, it was pretty well known that Gauthier’s ceiling was a bottom six center, and that was if …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

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