The problem they had with Gauthier is he didn't say anything about not wanting to play in Philly before the draft, they would have just taken Jiricek (big RHD) instead. Waits a year, then tells them no way he's signing, won't meet with new GM and President, and won't give a reason.
So not only were they blindsided, they don't even know why.
However, if Drysdale stays healthy, it's a wash, because his upside is similar to Gauthier and fills a bigger need.
They wanted Gauthier to return to college b/c he was LW with USDP with Cooley at center, so he needed time to play center and they wanted to evaluate him in that role.
He was OK, but not someone you'd project more than a 2C (think a faster Brayden Schenn), and Anaheim is going to use him at LW. As a LW, he has less value, he's going to score goals, but defense and IQ are still a question.
Drysdale had a torn labrum a couple years ago and a foot injury this year, got rushed by Anaheim, then injuries have slowed his development. Now has to adjust to a different scheme (zone instead of man) and role (Torts wants him to be a rover), so we may not see his true potential until next season. But has true jets, playmaker, biggest weakness is his shot and his defensive fundamentals, first may come in the weight room, second with tutelage by Shaw. #6 pick.
The 2nd rd pick should be around #40 in 2025.