Bobrovsky and Couturier questions/comments
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07-10-2011, 02:51 PM
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: London Ontario
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The only person on this board that is more ridiculously over the top with optimism than you when it comes to young players.
The issue is not whether Couterier has the potential to score more than Jordan Staal, but your characterization that such production would be disappointing. Which is a display of considerable ignorance with regard to what players actually produce in the NHL.
If Couterier turns into Jordan Staal, then we got an extremely good player.
And you're the only person on this board who still clamours for Hitchcock hockey. But hey, to each their own, right?
Fact is, a guy like Couturier very much matches well with Eric Staal. When you look at their games closely (and I suggest going to You Tube to look at Staal and then the QMJHL site to see Couturier), you'll see that they are very similar in stature and style when it comes to the game. While Couturier might not be the true goal scorer that Staal is, their games are very and eerily similar to one another.
I see nothing in Couturier's game that matches Jordan's. When you really think of it, Jordan has proven to be a good third line centerman, but if he's so good defensively, where are the Selke trophies? Yeah, he has a Stanley Cup, but he can think riding on the coat tails of Malkin and Fleury for that.
Seriously though, if you watch Couturier, you'll see that he's an Eric Staal clone. And I think 35 to 40 goals and 80 to 85 points is not out of character at all with regards to his future performance. And yeah, if he becomes a 20 goal, 55 point guy but is Primeau-like in terms of checking ability, then it is a disappointment because he has the tools to do more. And I'd blame the franchise for limiting Couturier to that kind of role.
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