Sean Couturier for Oliver Ekman-Larsson
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08-07-2012, 06:07 AM
Join Date: Mar 2010
Did anyone here actually watch any of Couturier in the Q by any chance?
Those anointing him at best a 2nd or 3rd line centre must not have.
He was dominant offensively in the lowest scoring junior league, and had the highest PPG of any player drafted from the CHL. (yes... that is a fact, though due to the Q's reputation historically it still has bias against it in that regard.)
The only reasons he did not go no.1 overall were his mono and his perceived slow foot speed... he would have been the top scorer in the Q two years in a row if he did not miss 10 games, his PPG was still the best.
He honestly dominated the Q the most of any player since Crosby, just look up the stats and game footage, two years in a row he had the best numbers in the Q in terms of per game in points, +/- (yeh I know, but I guarantee 'advanced stats' would show the same), he won every trophy he pretty much could have over two years, he was IMO far more impressive in junior than RNH.
This is a top 3 pick talent we are talking about, and yes, not all top picks develop into the player they should be, but he has already shown he can play to a high level in the NHL. Not saying he is going to be a 80 point scorer guaranteed, but anyone who says that he will not be has not followed him closely.
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