Thread: Player Discussion: Coots: Sean Couturier
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10-25-2013, 11:09 AM
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Originally Posted by Gustafsson View Post
Offensive skills, my friend. Sure, he is a good defensive, 3rd line player. Great. With the 8th overall pick, I would have hoped the Flyers would draft a kid that could amount to more than a 3rd line, defensive center. The difference between Couturier and a player like Bergeron is that Bergeron is a great skater, fast enough, and has some very nice OFFENSIVE skills.
Bergeron may be a faster skater, but that's amounted to what exactly? He's a 50-60 point player. He had 2 high scoring years in the 2 highest scoring years since the 95-96 season. The league immediately following the lockout was much different, and much higher scoring. 95 point Danny Briere?

He also was older than Couturier is right now when he was putting up those points, and I'd be willing to bet he was used a hell of a lot differently than Couturier has been.

A forwards peak scoring years are usually 26-27 with their prime scoring coming from 23-28. They start to show an offensive improvement at 22. Sean is still 2 years of physical development away from that age.

If he has no offensive skill how did he dominate his junior league? Why was he considered for the 1st overall pick prior to getting mono?

And with that pick maybe the Flyers should have got someone more like these guys. Compare them to what Couturier has done so far.

Originally Posted by ilovetheflyers8 View Post
For the sake of comparison here are the number 8,9, and 10 draft picks from the 4 years preceding Couturier's draft year.


8- Alexander Burmistrov -

9- Mikael Granlund -

10- Dylan McIlrath -


8- Scott Glennie -

9- Jared Cowen -

10- Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson


8- Mikkel Boedker -

9- Josh Bailey -

10- Cody Hodgson -


8- Zach Hamill -

9- Logan Couture -

10.- Keaton Ellerby -

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