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Amidst the early-season media in San Jose, Mr. Everything, Logan Couture, quietly continues to do it all for the Sharks.
For those expecting to see Antti Niemi here, I considered it. But before you get all riled up about this one, hear me out.
The Sharks arrived at the 2013-14 season with guns blazing. High-flying offense, shutdown defense and some pretty solid goaltending on the rare occasion when it was needed.
Despite his seven points (2G, 5A) in five games, nobody is talking about Logan Couture.
That doesn’t mean anyone’s forgotten about the Sharks’ youngest returning player. It’s more reflective of the pandemonium surrounding the Sharks early on.
Sure, when opposing teams' coaches sit down to strategize about how to handle the Sharks, Couture is towards the top of the priority list. The increased attention on the ice hasn’t done much to thwart the Canadian Olympic hopeful’s production.
I don’t need to sell you on Couture. The goal scoring, penalty-killing, shot-blocking, faceoff-winning center does it all for the Sharks. The lack of early attention hasn’t changed that.
Thanks to the mainstream media's East Coast bias, though, Couture still remains one of league’s most underrated stars.
He'll get his due attention eventually. Rookie Tomas Hertl's production will return to the realm of reality and Joe Thornton isn't due for another outburst for another 34 years.
When the chaos surrounding the Sharks finally dies down, Couture will be there, still doing it all for San Jose.