Nathan Gaucher is the first Quebecer drafted


Remparts forward Nathan Gaucher won’t have to worry about which pair of boots he will have to put on to go to the arena. The center player was chosen 22nd overall by the Anaheim Ducks and became the first Quebecer drafted from the 2022 NHL amateur auction.

The day before, Gaucher had mentioned dreaming of the Canadian but in the end he did not go to their choice, the 26th overall.

Gaucher was ranked 16th on the National Hockey League Central Scouting final list. Gaucher was announced by the Ducks’ first-round pick last season, Mason McTavish.

The 6’3”, 207 lb colossus finished with 31 goals and 57 points in 66 games last season with the Remparts, in his third season with the team. He was Patrick Roy’s first-round pick in the 2019 QMJHL Draft.

Despite his honest offensive production, he made many scouts salivate because of his responsible two-way play and his qualities in the face-off circle. He finished among the leaders in the QMJHL last season with a percentage 59.2% in this regard.

He also excelled shorthanded last season, finishing second in the league in shorthanded points with eight, including five goals. Only his teammate, and playing partner in such a situation, Pier-Olivier Roy did better with nine points (four goals and five assists).

Roy’s help

Nathan Gaucher has had the opportunity to evolve under the orders of Patrick Roy since his arrival. On Wednesday, on the eve of the big day, he was full of praise for his coach, whom he never doubted would return to the team.

“He’s helped me a lot to mature in my game. He’s focused on what’s going to help us to the next level. I learned a lot to develop my critical thinking too. Patrick is a fairly direct person and that’s good. Afterwards, it’s up to us to live with that, ”he said.

Born in 2003, Gaucher obviously didn’t see Roy play.

“I’ve heard a lot about it. He always has stories to tell and it gives us goosebumps. He is passionate and it is special to learn from him.”

Gaucher was the Ducks’ second first-round pick on Thursday, having set their sights on Saginaw Spirit’s Russian defenseman Pavel Mintyukov with the 10th overall pick.

This is another QMJHL player selected by the Anaheim Ducks who have become accustomed to it for a few years under the orders of Martin Madden.

Anaheim had set their sights on Tyson Hinds in 2021, Thimo Nickl in 2020, on Benoit-Olivier Groulx in 2018 and had drafted the two friends Maxime Comtois and Antoine Morand in the second round during the 2017 draft.

Lamoureux in Arizona

Moments later, the Arizona Coyotes set their sights on giant-size defenseman Maveric Lamoureux.

The 6’7″ guard is a product of the Drumondville Voltigeurs of the QMJHL.

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