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02-25-2013, 09:29 AM
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Originally Posted by AndrePetersson View Post
Rumor has it, at least from what I remember at the time, was the scouting staff grilled him about his playoffs asking him if there was some underlying issues (injuries, mono symptoms etc.) that affected his play when they flew him in. Apparently they weren't impressed/assured by his answers.

Anyone that followed the Senators' draft rumors at the time did not believe for a second that the Senators were going to draft Couturier.
By rumours, you mean what you read on a bunch of message boards?

Either way, there weren't any big rumours about us taking Zibanejad, just like there weren't rumours about us taking Noesen or Puempel that year, or even Ceci last year. Most of the rumours that year were related to Landeskog and Strome for the most part, both of whom were gone obviously. By bringing in both Zibanejad and Couturier (leading to some conjecture, but hardly a rumour), obviously they were interested enough in both. I have no doubt they debated a choice between those two specifically, and Murray has alluded to such when asked about passing on Couturier (how they liked and considered Couturier, or they wouldn't have brought him to town for a visit). In the end, perhaps all of the Sens scouts agreed on Zbad, although Murray never said that (when he easily could have if true).

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