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03-29-2013, 11:51 AM
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There were some decent signs last season that he would eventually up his offensive game. Remember that 6 or 7 game point streak he had? This year has been a slump, but again, he had a bad start and hasn't really had much of an opportunity to play with some of the team's better players or on the PP since. I'm a long, long way from writing him off.
It was a 5 game goal streak. Plus you have the hat trick in the playoffs. I do not think Couturier will be a point per game player. I think he will be a 20+ plus goals 50 pt center. For the defensive assignments that he will get, that would be great. Even if the points don't materialize and he ends up a Handzus or Hanzal, you need a guy like that to win the cup. Brindamour, Primeau, Rob Niedermayer, Jordan Staal were as important for winning their team the cup as were the superstar centers on their teams. Out of Crosby, Malkin, Letang, Staal, Guerin, it was Max Talbot that scored both goals to win Game 7 against Detroit (not to say Couturier will only amount to a Talbot, just an example of how defensive specialists have a huge impact in the playoffs)
Everyone on this team looks like crap this year. Everyone. Giroux has disappeared for games. Voracek who was hot has now disappeared. For as great as Simmonds has been offensively, he looks lost in the defensive zone and careless in the neutral zone. Same for B.Schenn minus the offense. Judging anyone off this crap storm is foolish IMO.
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