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01-18-2012, 03:53 PM
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Originally Posted by ORYX View Post
While I think that many on here aren't giving Couturier enough credit for his offensive ability, calling him the next Stamkos is a bit outrageous.

The reason Couturier stuck this year is his defensive game, not his offensive game, HOWEVER, there is a reason he put up back to back 96 point seasons in the QMJHL, his last year having been 96 points in only 58 games.

The kid can score, and having 9 goals at the midway point as a 4th line center is not too shabby. Put him with capable line-mates and I can see him hitting 20 by seasons end.

He will be much better then Mike Fisher. I would argue that he as a ceiling can match Eric Staal's output, while matching Jordan Staals defensive ability, if not bettering Staal defensively.

The kid isnt really a mix, he is already one of the best defensively, and has the offensive ability and instinct to be great there as well, without sacrificing one for the other IMO.

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