2011 NHL Draft Prospects: Sean Couturier Should Be a New York Islander
Standing at 6'4'', and already weighing 191 pounds Sean Couturier is already close to NHL size. He's a player who knows how to use his frame to his advantage, and uses it while driving to the cage.
Couturier possess great hands, and plays in every situation. He kills penalties, is effective on the power play and is a very capable on the defensive side of the puck.
A lot of mock drafts have him outside of the top five, but I honestly don't see him making it by the Islanders at No. 5.
Dougie Hamilton is the popular pick, but the Islanders already have several young and promising defensemen in the system. Travis Hamonic, Calvin de Haan, and Ty Wishart all project to be NHL caliber blueliners. While there is a lot to like about Hamilton's game, Couturier should be too good for Garth Snow to pass up.
John Tavares is already a 70 point guy, and is turning out to be the stud pivot that the Islanders were hoping for when they drafted him. Adding Couturier would give them the potential for a brutal one-two punch up the middle that has aided teams like the Red Wings and Penguins to Stanley Cups.
He's also considered to be at or near NHL ready, and the Islanders could suit him up this October. He has nothing left to prove in Juniors, and is a late '92 birthday.
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