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10-24-2013, 10:34 AM
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Originally Posted by Gustafsson View Post
And Schenn has been spotted as a winger on the top 2 lines because he's shown flashes of being able to skate and produce a bit. Couturier has not. The Flyers are a points-starved team and if Couturier was capable of producing offensively he would have been used on the wing, especially while Hartnell and Lecavalier are on the shelf. The Flyers easily could have Talbot and Hall on 3/4 line duty and move the "offensive powerhouse" up to a scoring line. The fact is they can't because he will slow the line down and doesn't have good scoring hands. Let's not make him out to be this player which he isn't.
Yeah, because Talbot and Hall are as good defensively as Couturier. BSchenn is a better offensive player, but much worse defensively and on faceoffs. That is why he plays center or wing on the top two lines.

Couturier actually has great hands.

Apart from his defensive acumen, Couturier's best asset is his hands. Watch him some time at practice. He can consistently top-shelf pucks from a variety of shooting angles -- this talent was on display in quite a few of his 16 regular season/playoff goals as a rookie. I strongly suspect that he will consistently have double-digit shooting percentages in future
seasons rather than the dismal shooting numbers he had as a second-year NHL player.

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