Chronicle of Billy Bertrand: David Goyette and Nathan Gaucher stand out

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With the draft fast approaching, I decided to take a look at some of Quebec’s most promising prospects in the Class of 2022.

David Goyette

David Goyette lost his first season of OHL eligibility due to the pandemic. Luckily, he doesn’t seem too affected by this unexpected event. Goyette led the Sudbury Wolves and all OHL freshmen in goals (33) and points (73), scoring 11 goals and 23 points more than his closest teammate.

Goyette is characterized by his speed. He crosses the neutral zone with ease, ranking top 20 among OHL forwards in zone entries and exits per game. Once he’s quickly taking territory, he might as well land a good shot or feed one of his teammates who have been following him around the field hurry up.

In the offensive zone he is a skilled puck driver. It ranks in the top 20 the league in successful fakes, a statistic that measures how many times he managed to keep the puck after an opposing player tried to javelin it. He led wolves to the slot in the time of possession, completions, and completions. In short, he was the heart and soul of Sudbury’s offense.

Goyette must work to limit his mistakes after posting a 19% turnover rate in his rookie season, ranking 147th among qualifying forwards. It has to be said that with his offensive load and lack of support in the formation he could occasionally try to do a little too much.

Though his offensive game will steal the show, Goyette also brings quality defensive play with him, and for good reason. Don’t be fooled by the minus 6 record. After all, Wolves finished second to bottom in their association and maintained a minus 74 rating as a club. Only 2 Sudbury players have played at least 30 games and maintained a positive difference. Goyette stands out more because of its individual defensive effect. He has an active stick and good defensive instincts that allow him to be among the leaders on blocked passes and harpooned pucks.

Nathan Gaucher

The first thing that strikes you about Nathan Gaucher is undoubtedly his impressive size. At 6’3” and 207lbs, he’s already built for the rigors of the NHL and has shown he doesn’t shy away from using that physical advantage on the ice. It is ideal as a privacy screen from the opposing goalkeeper, be it to deflect shots or to compensate for setbacks. Result, 17 of his 31 goals last year came from the end of the enclave.

Statistics Nathan GaucherLeft-handers also like to launch forechecking attacks. He puts pressure on opposing defenders and forces multiple turnovers in the offensive zone, creating chances for himself and his teammates. He played an important role for Quebec, which led the QMJHL in anticipating opportunities in 2021-2022. While not the fastest or most explosive skater, he is still good with the puck and in turns and has solid skating considering his size. He can attack at the entrance of the zone and help his club traverse the central territory.

With only 0:27 possession in the offensive zone per game and fewer than 9 completions in opposing territory per game, two points that rank outside of the ranking Top 75 At this position, it’s clear that Gaucher isn’t a great playmaker. He’s more of the player that the best passers in the Enclave are trying to get hold of. Lefty needs to work on reducing turnovers in his game. Last year he had a turnover rate of 19.5%, ranking 142nd out of 250 qualified forwards.

Defensively, Gaucher was a trustworthy man for the Remparts. He participated in 6.8 faceoffs in the defending zone, winning an average of 4 per game. Among the 23 centers that took part in at least 6 face-offs in the defensive zone per game, he ranks 3rd with a success rate of 59.1%. Much like at the other end of the ice field, Gaucher isn’t afraid to engage in loose puck fights in the defensive zone. No wonder, then, that he led the attackers of the Remparts in the Ice Age with just under one man.

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