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11-21-2013, 01:27 PM
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Originally Posted by CTU2fan View Post
At this point I'm kind of down on Couturier...not really down exactly, but I feel like he'll never develop offensively enough to be more than a straight checking center. Which has value, but if his trade market is still based on thoughts of him becoming a good #2 2-way center then I think they should deal him.

All that said, how much if at all does putting defensive responsibilities on him hinder his development as an offensive player? I'm wondering if asking him to defend the opponent's top line C, pulling him off and on the ice to match him up, basically asking him to put defense first...is it unfair to be critical of him for not progressing the way we all hope?
He's 20.

The vast majority of NHL players weren't in the league at age 20.

He has plenty of time.

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