Get to know a draft pick — Julien Gauthier

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Like we’ve done in the past, we’re profiling top prospects who may hear their names called in the first round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

But this year, something new — we’re featuring special guest analysis from Ryan Kennedy, associate senior writer and prospect expert at The Hockey News.

Julien Gauthier (RW)

Height: 6-foot-4 Weight: 225 pounds Shoots: Right

Team: Val-D’or (QMJHL)

Country: Canada

NHL Central Scouting ranking: No. 12 North American skater

Kennedy says: “Gauthier is a fascinating player. His father and grandfather were both champion bodybuilders and the young right winger has been hitting the gym since he was nine years old.

“He was also an incredible sniper this season, with a lopsided stat line of 41 goals and just 16 assists (we like to refer to that as ‘Cy Young numbers’ in the industry).

“Gauthier is seen as a Rick Nash type of winger thanks to his great talent , size and speed, but he could use a little more snarl in his game. The fact he exhibited such little playmaking this season is also curious, but there’s a lot of potential here.”

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