Couture was a Calder Cup finalist after posting very impressive numbers in his rookie season. He scored 32 goals, second-best by a rookie, and notched 24 assists, good for a total of 56 points.
Couture was one of the only consistent Sharks over the entire season last year, and was huge on the road, scoring 22 of his goals out of San Jose.
Needless to say, the two year extension is a huge benefit for the Sharks, as they may not have gotten as far as they did without Couture last season.
Despite it being only a two year deal, if Couture performs as well, if not better than last season, he should definitely be resigned again in the future.
The youngster has the potential to have a great career, and many Sharks fans—including myself—believe that he will one day be the face of the franchise when Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton retire.
Couture is only 22 years old, and still has around 15 years of hockey left in him—barring any major injury. If he keeps putting up the numbers he did in his rookie season, he'll be able to make the Sharks a much better team.
Couture had eight game-winning goals last season, seven of them on the road.
The only thing in his way is the sophomore curse, but if Couture can surpass that and have a great season, he'll prove that he is here to stay.
So when all the current big players like Marleau, Thornton, and Dan Boyle retire, Couture will be looked upon to be one of the main sources of the Sharks offense.
The two-year extension is hopefully the start of a long, successful career in San Jose.
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