Thread: Proposal: Bobby Ryan
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11-15-2011, 03:14 PM
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Originally Posted by sandlansd View Post
And Couturier is the forward version of Fowler... Sticking w/ the team @ 18, playing a critical role, and putting up points & a high +/-, despite playing w/ the 4th line most nights and despite not getting the minutes he deserves.

If you want two potential 1st liners from the flyers, it would take your one untouchable (since couturier is also untouchable imo).

There's nothing else on your team that I'd take...

I don't think it has anything to do with the minutes Couturier "deserves." They are being careful with his minutes because he is a lanky 18-year-old playing his first 80+ game season in a professional league with grown men. The Flyers are being patient with his minutes so that he holds up through the entire season, while at the same time trying to get the most value out of him (using him in defense-first situations because he is the best defensive forward on the team and they already have plenty of offensive depth as-is).

This is just the NHL version of putting a young potential ace on an innings count to save his arm.

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