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04-10-2013, 05:56 PM
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Originally Posted by Clown Baby View Post
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.
Well, you contradicted your point by listing Simmonds and Sharp. Both of their draft year numbers were underwhelming as well. Not even ppg. So who's to say Laughton won't produce in the pros like them? If you had been paying attention to what he had done after his short stint with the Flyers, he went on a tear to finish the regular season and continued that all the way through the playoffs. He was a whole different player.

As for Couturier, Max Talbot put up a 104 and 98 point season in juniors, and he didn't become a big point producer at all. Albeit he was drafted much later than Couts and wasn't looked at as having the same potential. My point is, junior stats don't ALWAYS reflect what a player will be able to do in the pros. But, hey Im just an idiot

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