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10-25-2013, 10:54 AM
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JDinkalage Morgoone
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Originally Posted by Gustafsson View Post
Yes but skating is usually one area that doesn't improve drastically. Look at Hull, Robitaille, etc. Awful skaters but elite hockey sense and scoring hands. Bad skaters rarely if EVER become good ones. If you can't skate you need to be blessed with elite skills and Couturier has neither. Could he be a decent, 20 goal, 25 assist 3rd line center who is decent in his own end? Yes. Welcome to Michal Handzus.... and a waste of the 8th overall pick.
I don't see how it's a waste?

If he becomes Michal Handzus, that is a bit of a let down from his projection but it's hardly a waste. That is still an important piece to a team, and since we have him as a young guy, he will be cheaper than signing a guy like that from free agency. He's still got a ton of room for growth. I won't pass judgment on how great he is until he's got a few more years on the team. 20 is far too early, considering a lot of guys in his draft class either just entered or haven't even been in the league that long.

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