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Sean Couturier, an 18-year-old center, whom the Flyers drafted with the eighth overall selection in Friday's NHL Draft. It was a pick acquired from Columbus in the Jeff Carter trade.
Couturier is a monster of a center at 6'4", 193 pounds; he possesses rare size, though experts agree he needs to add 10-15 pounds onto that huge frame.
Couturier has spent the last three seasons playing for the Drummondville Voltigeurs of the QMJHL. In his time with Drummondville (184 games) he has scored 223 points (86 goals, 137 assists), with consecutive 96 point seasons. He became the first 17-year-old to lead the QMJHL in scoring since Sidney Crosby.
Before the start of last season, Couturier was widely considered the favorite to be the 1st overall selection in this year NHL Draft. But early on in the season he was diagnosed with mono and that slowed him down considerably.
He appeared to be fully recovered after the World Junior Championship this year, as on his return to Drummondville, he scored 20 goals in his last 21 games.
He fell to sixth in the final draft prospect rankings this year, so even though the Flyers were probably looking to draft a defenseman with the eighth overall selection, Couturier was simply too good of a value not to take.
The only questions with Couturier are:
1. Can he add enough muscle this summer to challenge for a roster spot with the Flyers this season, or will he need one more season with Drummondville?
2. If he can make the Flyers, what do they do with their log-jam at center?
With Claude Giroux, Danny Briere, Brayden Schenn and Sean Couturier, they have one too many centers. They could always move one of them to the wing, but which one? Both Giroux and Briere have played outside, but they are better suited as centers.
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