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03-14-2013, 12:39 AM
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Originally Posted by Mats86 View Post
Couturier is in different category offensively. If not two categories above offensively. Couturier 1.67 PPG compared to Gauthier's 0.97 PPG as 18 year olds. Defensively both are NHL ready at 18. Couturier has big edge with +/-, Gauthier has the edge faceoffs. Gauthier may win Guy Carbonneau Trophy this year, Couturier did not. Both played on good clubs. With Couturier struggling to score this year I fear Gauthier doesn't have offense to stay in NHL. If he does you'll looking at big, bottom line center, defensive specialist.
Gauthier is playing as a 17, Couturier was playing as a 18 in his draft year. But there's no doubt Couturier is more of a threat than Gauthier is in their draft year.

Originally Posted by Carey Price View Post
I think part of that is Gauthier is making the jump up this year from MAAA. Couturier his draft year was his 3rd year in the QMJHL. He was an early bloomer, playing MAAA at 14. Gauthier is a bit more of a late bloomer. Pacioretty was a late bloomer and he worked out fine. I think Couturier's offense sort of plateaued at 17.
I agree, we're not talking about the same maturity in comparing Gauthier and Couturier. But as far as their potential goes, it's an interesting comparison, although I'll give Couturier the edge.

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