The Carolina Hurricanes look ready to give one of their top prospects a chance at the NHL level. Julien Gauthier has been recalled and could potentially make his debut on Friday against the New York Islanders.
Gauthier, 21, was selected 21st overall in 2016 by the Hurricanes and has slowly developed into the goal-scoring power forward they envisioned. Standing 6’4″ the former QMJHL standout was impressive in the preseason with Carolina and has already scored twice in two games for the Charlotte Checkers. That’s picking up just where he left off last season when he potted 27 goals for the AHL club.
Interestingly, Gauthier’s name has come up a few times in the summer as a potential trade target, likely because of the Hurricanes’ healthy prospect depth. Most notably he was apparently included in Jesse Puljujarvi talks with the Edmonton Oilers, though obviously nothing materialized yet on that front. Carolina is off to a perfect 4-0 start this season and have had no trouble scoring goals, meaning Gauthier will have to pull his weight if he does get into any game action.