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11-02-2012, 05:27 PM
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For people questioning Couturier's offensive upside, remember that he was playing in a shutdown role on the 4th line. Despite this, he also had a 5 game goal scoring streak and was second on the team in +/- with +18 (Hartnell was +19). He also had 2 shorthanded goals (tied for most on the team) and 4 game winning goals (tied for 3 most on the team). Oh and he also scored 3g 1a in a playoff game matched against this years Hart, Art Ross, and Lindsay winner while keeping him to one even strength point.
He also has the draft pedigree of a offensive #1C having the highest ppg of anyone in the draft while also playing with Mononucleosis. He still matched his point totals from his previous year which lead the league while playing 10 less games
That's all mighty impressive for an 18 y/o imo
I don't have anything to say about Gardiner because I dont watch the Leafs, but I wouldn't trade Couts for anything
also, here's his points from this year. I think you'll agree that he his poise with the puck is noticeable
I think Gardiner knows puck poise too...
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