The Maple Leafs reassigned Gauthier to AHL Toronto on Tuesday, James Mirtle of The Athletic reports. With Mitch Marner (upper body) and the recently acquired Brian Boyle both expected to be in Toronto's lineup for Tuesday's game against the Sharks, the Maple Leafs are no longer in need of Gauthier's services as a depth forward. The 21-year-old pivot only has three points (two goals, one assist) in 21 games with the big club this season, so he isn't a viable fantasy option at this early stage in his career.
Gauthier was recalled from the Toronto Marlies of the AHL on Tuesday. The 2013 first-round pick's recall coincided with rookie sensation Mitch Marner (upper body) landing on injured reserve. Gauthier will center the Leafs' fourth line Tuesday against Winnipeg, replacing Ben Smith in the lineup. In 18 games with the Maple Leafs in 2016-17, Gauthier has averaged less than 10 minutes on ice per game, recording three points.
Gauthier was sent back to the team's AHL Toronto affiliate Thursday, Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun reports. Gauthier's demotion opens up a spot on the active roster for Ben Smith's (hand) activation off injured reserve. Considering the 21-year-old tallied just three points over 18 contests with the NHL club, his return to the minors shouldn't have a large overall impact in the fantasy realm. However, the 2013 first-round pick may carve out a larger role int he future if he can return to the form he displayed with QMJHL Rimouski in 2014-15, when he notched 32 points in 37 games.
Gauthier was officially promoted from AHL Toronto on Tuesday, James Mirtle of The Athletic reports. Gauthier has drawn into each of the Leafs last three games and owns two points (one goal, one assist) over his short NHL stint. The 2013 first-round pick hasn't seen a ton of ice time and doesn't see much action on the man advantage, so his immediate prospects aren't promising for continued success in terms of fantasy, but Gauthier has at least displayed some brief promise after notching just four points in 17 games for the Marlies this season.
Gauthier picked up an assist Friday night in a win over Arizona. Goat now has points in back-to-back games. He skated a little over 12 minutes Friday and looked good defensively, too. Tyler Bozak is expected back after Christmas, so Gauthier may find himself back in the AHL sooner, rather than later.
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