Nathan Gaucher in Anaheim

Nathan Gaucher in Anaheim

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Remparts forward Nathan Gaucher won't have to wonder which pair of boots he should put on to go to the arena.

Center player was selected 22nd overall by the Anaheim Ducks. 

It was California's first-round pick last season, Mason McTavish, who announced Gaucher's selection .

“From the second half of the first round, I was starting to get sweaty palms a bit. I had had good discussions with Anaheim,” said the 6'3″, 207 lb forward after his selection.

These discussions had taken place over the past few weeks, since Gaucher did didn't take part in the last NHL Combine. In total, he spoke to the Ducks three times in the weeks leading up to the draft, including a meeting with the team's new general manager, Pat Verbeek.

“He wanted to get to know me as a person and see if I was really a character or if I was just showing it off on the ice. They wanted to know my personality and I think that was beneficial. 

COMPLEMENTARY STYLE

The Ducks selected several talented players in recent seasons, starting with up-and-coming young star Trevor Zegras, defenseman Jamie Drysdale and McTavish.

Looking to the future of the team, Gaucher believes he will fill an organizational need.

“We talked about it a bit during our meetings, but they have a lot of players with good skills. I think my physical strength, my style of play and my work ethic will complement these players well. 

In fact, Gaucher was probably the most applauded prospect Thursday by the fans. at the Bell Centre, with the obvious exception of the two picks from the Montreal Canadiens.

“It's worth all the gold in the world. Fans were shouting and applauding me. I said to myself: “Is it for me these cries? My whole family is there, we're in our sixties, so it's fun to live with them.  »

LOVED IN ARIZONA

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It was believed for a while that Gaucher would be the only Quebecer selected on Thursday, but the Arizona Coyotes made a trade at the very end of the first round to acquire the No. 29 pick and announce the selection of Drummondville Voltigeurs defender, Maveric Lamoureux. 

Walking down the bleachers before heading to the stage, we saw the tall 6'7″ defender wiping a few tears from his cheeks.

“It was tears of joy. My legs wanted to let go when I heard my name. At first I didn't really realize it and then everyone started screaming and I realized that it was happening for real. It's my childhood dream come true. ”