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01-06-2014, 03:43 PM
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Originally Posted by hockeyfreak7 View Post
It sounds like you're backtracking a bit.

There's a difference between Couturier not producing because "he's not that great offensively" and Couturier not producing because "he will continue to get tough matchups".

Most of us concede that as long as he is in an exclusively shutdown role, he won't be putting up 55+ points, so I'm not sure what your gripe is here. Nobody is saying that he can put up big numbers given his current role on the team. There's not a player in the NHL who can put up those numbers with the kind of minutes Couturier gets with the exception of maybe Bergeron. But even his numbers are down this year.

It's the reason people are constantly (and ignorantly) disappointed with J. Staal, and it's the same reason Bergeron's offensive numbers are not outstanding right now. All three players, with easier minutes, would produce significantly higher numbers.
How so?

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