READER ARTICLE: Is it Julien Gauthier time in Raleigh? by Cory Fogg

READER ARTICLE: Is it Julien Gauthier time in Raleigh? by Cory Fogg

Today marks the fourth day and fourth article in our reader week takeover of the Canes and Coffee site. You can find the first 3 posts here: On Monday, Matt Somma wrote about how he became a Carolina Hurricanes fan. On Tuesday, Justin Ryan wrote about the snub of Justin Faulk for the US World Cup team. On Wednesday, Bill Dowey wrote about his favorite year for Hurricanes hockey. ————————————————————- Today’s reader post Submitted by Cory Fogg (Cory on Twitter) ——————————————— The hockey season might still be three months away, but the buzz is slowly building around the Carolina Hurricanes. The trove of young talent accumulated by Ron Francis, has fueled an excitement in Raleigh that has not been seen for some time. Many of these prospects (Fleury, McKeown, Roy, etc.) will be in Raleigh this fall trying to earn a spot for training camp. So, too, will both of Carolina’s 2016 1st rounders Jake Bean and Julien Gauthier. Given the plethora of blue-line talent, it would be shocking to see Jake Bean donning the warning flag any time soon. Julien Gauthier, on the other hand, is a different story. Could we see Gauthier playing significant minutes Raleigh this season? A look at the roster, as it stands now, shows the long odds on Gauthier making the team. The Staal-Nordstrom-Nestrasil line isn’t going anywhere. It’s one of the best defensive forward lines in hockey. Speculation at present suggests free agent addition Lee Stempniak joining Skinner and Rask on the top line, with the Super Scandinavians of Lindholm-Aho-Teravainen as the second scoring line. The fourth line is anybody’s pick of a combination...
Carolina Hurricanes NHL Draft 2016: Reading list for #21 pick Julien Gauthier

Carolina Hurricanes NHL Draft 2016: Reading list for #21 pick Julien Gauthier

Click HERE to go to the menu for all of the Hurricanes 2016 draftees.   Profile for Julien Gauthier (added 7/5/16 before prospect camp) With the team’s second selection in the first round, the Carolina Hurricanes selected right wing Julien Gauthier. Gauthier is a hulk of a kid at 18 years old and already 6 foot 4 inches tall and 225 pounds. The Quebec native who played for the Val-d’Or Foreurs in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in 2015-16 is described as big, strong and skilled in that order. He projects to become the power forward, physical force and crease area scorer that the Hurricanes brass and fan base have long coveted.   Reading list of external articles about Julien Gauthier Eric Engels at Sportsnet has the 411 on Gauthier. Steve Kournianos at The Draft Analyst profiles Gauthier here. Ryan Pike at The Hockey Writers profiles Gauthier. Ben Kerr from Last Word on Sports has this profile for Gauthier.   Also, great call by Kevin LeBlanc calling the Julien Gauthier selection in CandC’s draft preview.     Go...