2016 Draft Prospects: WJC Edition

The 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship begins on 26 DEC 2015 from Helsinki, Finland. Here are profiles on several key draft-eligible prospects representing their respective countries in the tournament.

No. 12 Julien Gauthier
Team/League: Val-d’Or Foreurs (QMJHL)
Position: Right Wing
Shoots: Right
Height/Weight: 6’4 224 lbs
Born: October 15, 1997, Pointe-aux-Trembles, QC
The Draft Analyst Rankings (1st Half / 2nd Half / Final): 7th / NA / NA
Summary:  Team Canada’s sole 2016 draft eligible, so saying he deserved it would be a massive understatement. He’s one of the QMJHL’s top snipers, and has been for quite some time, especially in comparison with his age group. And even though his stat line would make Tom Seaver proud (29-8-37, 30 gp), he’s definitely a two-way player who can be used in all game situations. Gauthier is extremely intelligent and will identify defensive gaps in a hurry, so opposing coaches would be remiss if they didn’t devise a scheme to get this kid away from the slot, where’s he’s been nothing short of murderous on netminders. We think he’s a top-10 pick right now, and even fourth-line duty at the WJC’s shouldn’t hurt him in that regard.