It was an exciting night in Montreal at the Centre Bell Arena on Thursday night as the Philadelphia Flyers held the fifth overall pick. The Flyers had their eyes on 18-year-old Shane Wright out of the Ontario Hockey League’s Kingston Frontenacs but he made a landing at fourth overall to the Seattle Kraken. The Flyers selected the other option that they had in mind which was Cutter Gauthier out of the United States National Team Development Program and who is attending Boston College University next year.
Gauthier scored 34 goals and 31 assists for 65 points with the US National Development program this past season. He can skate smoothly and score without any problems. He plays Center/Left Wing. He has a phenomenal work frame and it’ll be important for him to be part of this Flyers team with a good work ethic.
He has really great upper-body strength and can also plow through offensively finding good looks. He can flat-out beat defenders and have an excellent upside to his offensive game which the Flyers will desperately need as the season progresses.
Once he gets into trouble with defenders, he does a great job finding ways to make it as best as he can with every opportunity when having the puck. He has an excellent vision in locating his teammates up the ice.
He has a lot of everything on the table that the scouts liked to see when they got the chance to watch. The Flyers need a big-bodied center and it’ll be very interesting to see how long he is with Boston College to when he makes his pro-level debut with the Flyers.
Flyers fans are going to love him playing in front of the best fans in the world on Broad Street. Hopefully, he will have the call-up after his first season with Boston College next season.