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11-03-2012, 05:55 AM
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May I ask why you feel this way?
Because from watching Couturier, I don't see the offensive instinct or ability at the NHL level that would be required for a legitimate first line player.
I think he maxes out as a Kesler or Staal (even then, that is pushing it), and those types of players don't usually develop as quickly. And I think he has to approach that and at least be a legitimate 2nd-liner to compare to the season Gardiner had last year.
Still doesn't matter, because experience is a better way to judge than age, especially when they play different positions. And fact is, Gardiner had a better rookie year, and both have just as much potential from here.
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