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12-02-2012, 10:26 AM
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Originally Posted by steffeG View Post
He wasn't playing well at all at the WJC. He scored the big goal but I think most Swedes would agree that he was not really at his best that tournament.

As for Couturier, I don't think everyone remember how big a year he had. He played against the toughest competition on a good playoff team, and starter in the defensive zone more than any forward. Even with these tough minutes, he managed to put up a respectable number of points despite stone hands on both wings for the most part. It's pretty damn impressive and something Ziba will be in tough to repeat ever.

Hopefully Mika will be something like that and even better production, but Couturier's rookie season was more impressive than he gets credit for.
Maybe he didn't play that well, but in six games he scored 4 goals with 1 assist and was plus-three. One of those goals was the gold-medal winning goal for Sweden in a 1-0 OT win over Russia.

That same tournament Couturier scored 2 goals and added 1 assist for 3 points.

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