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03-13-2013, 09:03 AM
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Let me preface everything by saying like Couturier as a player and I'm aware that he's a great defensive center. That being said, I really don't know what people see in this guy from an offensive standpoint. I understand that his linemates are somewhat to blame but I really just don't see a lot from him with the puck. His board play is good but he's been horrible on the power play. His puck control through the neutral zone is also poor. His production has matched what looks like to me as a defeciency in offensive ability. Schenn has been one of our best players all year and at times looks like our best even strength player but the majority of the fan base values him lower than Couturier. I honestly just think that Couturier is overrated by this fan base (I even saw someone say that he should be the eventual first line center with Giroux on the wing which I find ridiculous) and that's why I'm a proponent of trading him for a good young defenseman.
My questions are, for the guys who value him highly, what do you see his offensive potential as? and who is a comparable player in their prime? (Jordan Staal looks like the absolute ceiling to me).
Also anyone out there like me who view Schenn and Voracek as more valuable developing players?
Big guys like him often their offense suffers in NHL. I think why he slide a little in draft. Just common sense...size compared to fast tempo NHL game. J.Staal has averaged 48 points a year in his career. This year in Carolina playing more offense opportunities he's on pace for 58 pts, based on 82 games. Just harder for them to score like they did in junior. Still, Cout at worst he's 3rd line center, 40pts. At best, he's 2nd line 60pts center.
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