Buffalo – Cutter Gauthier hasn’t been shy about adding his name to the mix of players likely to finish first in the NHL 2022 Upper Deck draft.
“This is something you would definitely dream about…to be the first choice,” said Gauthier, left winger for the USA Under-18 Hockey Team Development Program team. “There wasn’t a lot of conversation with my name in there, but I definitely think I could be in the conversation, for sure.”
The first round of the draft will be held on July 7 at the Bell Center in Montreal. Rounds 2-7 will be on July 8th. The Montreal Canadiens had the No. 1 pick, the New Jersey Devils had the No. 2 pick and the Arizona Coyotes had the No. 3 pick.
Gauthier (6-foot-2, 189 pounds), No. 3 in the NHL Central Scouting final standings for North American skaters qualifying for the 2022 draft, has definitely opened some eyes this season with his strong play. He likens his style to a pair of NHL power forwards with the Winnipeg Jets.
“I love designing my game afterwards Mark Shevel And the Pierre Luc DuboisGauthier said: “Two great strikers who have great revolutionary strength and have a lot of skill and can change the game at any time. I would also like to emulate Mark’s leadership qualities.”
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Gauthier was one of six eligible NHL prospects who were made available at HarborCenter Friday to provide some insight into their game during the NHL Scouting Combine.
Gauthier, who will attend Boston College Hockey East next season, finished second among the NTDP figure skaters with 34 goals this season. He had 65 points in 54 games.
His fellow NTDP, Logan Cooley, is No. 2 in the final Intermediate Boy Scouts rankings for figure skaters in North America. The 18-year-old (5-10, 174) is second on the NTDP with 75 points (27 goals and 48 assists) in 51 matches. The University of Minnesota center scored 10 points (three goals and seven assists) and scored 23 shots on target in six games to help the United States finish second in the 2022 IIHF World Under-18 Championship.
“The man I love to watch is Patrick King (Chicago Black Hawks); “We’re the same height,” Cooley said. I think we’re really good at puck. A guy like him, watching the way he maneuvers through the top defenders, that’s what I tried to do.”
Shane Wright (6-0, 191), a right-footing center with Kingston in the Ontario Hockey League, was eighth in the OHL with 94 points (32 goals, 62 assists) in 63 regular season games. The No. 1 projected pick in the NHL Draft is also No. 1 in the final rankings of the Central North American Figure Skating Scouts.
“I like to introduce myself afterwards Patrice Bergeron Wright (Boston Bruins) said, “He’s someone who can do a lot of things right, a guy who can be productive, and he’s an offensive elite. He can make a lot of goals and do offensive games. He also plays a great game, and he can play in all different situations, And I think that’s the kind of player I see myself as and the guy I like to compare myself to.”
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Juraj Slafkovsky (6-4, 218), No. 1 in the final rankings of the International Snowboarders’ Central Scouting, is a huge fan of the Colorado Avalanche forward. Miko Rantanen. Slavkovsky from TPS of Liiga, Finland’s top professional league, was born in Slovakia but has lived and played in Finland for the past three seasons.
He was named the Most Valuable Player at the 2022 Beijing Olympics after scoring the tournament’s best seven goals in seven matches to help Slovakia win the bronze, the first medal in men’s Olympic hockey.
“[Rantanen’s] Very tall (6-4), said Slavkovsky, like me, probably the same style, leads the net, and can protect the puck well. “That’s what I’m trying to do. To get into the National Hockey League, I just need to work on everything…I improve my shots, skate, get to another level, and I think I can be an impact player.”
Matthew Savoy and Connor Jake, each placing with Winnipeg of the Western Hockey League, are 4-5, respectively, in the North American Figure Skating Central’s final standings.
“I love watching a man like Brayden Point “He’s a leaner guy, he likes to have the disc, he’s fast, and I think he’s playing the game the right way,” said Savoy (Tampa Bay Lightning).
Savoy (5-9, 175) finished seventh in the WHL with 90 points (35 goals, 55 assists), and scored 34 power-playing points (12 goals, 22 assists) in 65 games. Geki (6-3, 196) scored 70 points (24 goals and 46 assists) in 63 games.
“I think, for me, Leon Drystel (Edmonton Oilers) is someone I’m trying to watch,” said Jake. “The way he has the disc, his vision, his intelligence. I think that’s something I’m really trying to integrate.”
NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor Adam Kimmelman and NHL.com freelance reporter Heather Engel contributed to this report.
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