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04-10-2013, 04:58 PM
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Originally Posted by SCOREacek View Post
Does anyone else think that Laughton is going to end up being a better point producer than Couturier, despite the drastic differences in their junior numbers? I just think his offense will translate better. As a big Couturier fan, I just don't see him becoming much of a big time offensive threat. I think he turns out to be like a Martin Hanzal type (and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that)
No. I think people that are writing off Couturier's offensive potential are (at their best) idiotic, and those saying Laughton's going to end up the better offensive player of the two aren't much better.

Statistically, if you expect for a player to produce well at this stage, he needs to have already proven himself at a lower level. These are the numbers each prospect put up in his draft year, ranked by his most productive NHL season.

Claude Giroux (93) - 103 points in 69 games
Jeff Carter (84) - 71 in 61
Mike Richards (80) - 87 in 67
Simon Gagne (79) - 69 in 53
Justin Williams (76) - 83 in 68
Patrick Sharp (71) - 27 in 34
Scott Hartnell (67) - 82 in 62
Joffrey Lupul (67) - 106 in 72
RJ Umberger (57) - 37 in 32
Jakub Voracek (50) - 86 in 59
Wayne Simmonds (49) - 49 in 66
Steve Downie (46) - 73 in 61
James VanRiemsdyk (40) - 63 in 42
Scottie Upshall (34) - 83 in 61
Sean Couturier (27) - 96 in 58
Brayden Schenn (22) - 88 in 70
Scott Laughton (0) - 53 in 64

Laughton's not in the same company as the other two.

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