The Ducks selected center Nathan Gaucher with the 22nd overall pick in the first round of the 2022 NHL Draft on Thursday night at the Bell Center in Montreal.
Gaucher, 18 (6/11/03), won the 2021-22 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) Mike Bossy Award as the QMJHL’s top pro prospect after scoring 31-26=57 points with a score of +30 and 74 PIM in 66 games with the Quebec Remparts. He also had 3-6=9 points in 12 postseason games.
“We added two highly competitive players with size and skill, each with great hockey sense.” said Ducks general manager Pat Verbeek, also referring to 10th overall pick Pavel Mintyukov. “Both players will be great additions at the heart of our future.”
Video: Anaheim Ducks select No. 22 C Nathan Gaucher
The native of Chambly, Que., combined for 58-54=112 points with +21 odds and 120 PIM in 155 games for Quebec from 2019-2022. The 6-foot-3, 207-pound forward represented Canada at the 2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, tied for Canada Red in scoring with 2-3=5 points in five games.
“It’s crazy,” Gaucher said after the pick. “A lot of people are there for me, like 60 people. We heard them screaming a bit. It’s a great organization, great discussions. It’s amazing.”
Video: Gaucher talks about being selected by the Ducks
Gaucher’s brother, Jacob, captained Baie-Comeau Drakkar of the QMJHL in 2021-22, posting 35-33=68 points in 66 games to lead the team in goals and tied for the lead. team in points.
The draft resumes Friday, July 8 at 8 a.m. PT on NHL Network and ESPN+.