Wow - anyone else like that comparable? Plays defense like Jordan Staal. With a better offensive upside. For reals? At 8? The guy was the consensus #1 overall pick coming into the year, got hurt and dropped but still have the top PPG in Junior hockey over the past two years. QMJHL Scorning champion at 16. Canadian World Junior lock for this year. Prides himself in playing both ends of the ice.
Oh yeah baby, I like it. NEVER thought he would be available. Did I mention he is 6-4 and 200 LBS?
ISS ranked #4. THN ranked #4. TSN ranked #5.
TSN Scouting report:
Sidelined by mononucleosis in August, Couturier didn't really get rolling offensively until after the WJC's, scoring 20 goals in 21 games and reaffirming his status as a top-end prospect Strengths - Big, imposing two-way center who can play in any situation, strong character on and off the ice, solid work habits, strong hockey sense and playmaking abilities. Ability to protect the puck from opponents is second to none. Weaknesses: Didn't really show improvement this season, especially in his skating. Needs to work on his quickness. Not naturally mean, could play with more of an edge. NHL Upside - First or second-line center with solid two-way abilities. A Jason Allison type with better defensive awareness.
Love the pick, we have plenty of Def. prospects, in fact that is one of our prospect strengths. Defenders are also harder to tell how they'll pan out in the NHL.
This guy could easily be ranked 1-3, it's all subjective, and we didn't have to deal Versteeg that could get us any needed pieces before or during the season.
What kind of player is he? I know he is big, but does he use his body more than Carter? Can he easily replace Carter in the next couple/few years? How does he play his game?
He's not as prolific a scorer, but he uses his body a little better than Carter did in junior. I don't necessarily think he's going to be an extremely physical player, but he's got some things going for him.
Cubbard is no longer bare. Amazing pick, I read somewhere that he was ranked as high as number 1 in the preseason rankings. Hopefully he can put on 15 pounds and compete for a roster spot this season, obviously don't want to rush, perhaps he can be a call up.