Philadelphia Flyers: Sean Couturier Getting His Chance to Shine
If you asked someone last year who Sean Couturier was, most Philadelphia Flyers fans wouldn't have been able to tell you.
Success seems to follow Couturier. In 2008, Sean Couturier was selected second overall by the Drummondville Voltigeurs, which went on to win their first President's Cup that season. The following season, he led the QMJHL in points and nearly led the team to another championship, but were knocked out by the Moncton WIldcats, who eventually went on to win it all.
Couturier was ranked very high in some of the early draft orders, but he fell to No. 9 after suffering from mononucleosis and was forced to miss game time. Because of his illness, his numbers suffered a bit, and left him not looking like quite the skilled hockey player he was.
In the days leading up to the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, I begun to really look at some of the guys and get to know their stats. One guy I was really impressed with was Sean Couturier, but I never imagined he'd be available.
When news broke that the Philadelphia Flyers traded Jeff Carter to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for forward Jakub Voracek (former first round pick) and their first round selection (9th overall), I was doing back flips.
I was never a huge Carter fan, so the trade made me somewhat happy. What made me the most excited was the fact that the Flyers once again had a high draft pick, something they had lacked in recent years after trading away two of them to Anaheim in the Chris Pronger deal.
As I watched Paul Holmgren approach the podium at the draft, I kept my fingers crossed. Somehow, Sean Couturier had gone undrafted for the first eight picks and I was hoping Paul had enough common sense to draft him.
Holmgren didn't disappoint and quickly jumped on Couturier. In the interview that ensued after, Paul admitted that he didn't think Sean would be available this late and was more than happy to have him aboard.
Will Sean Couturier be another first round stud or dud?
Having impressed in training camp, Couturier signed a three-year entry level deal on September 21 and even received special time on the penalty kill in replace of oft-injured Blair Betts, who the Flyers have been fading out since the beginning of the year.
Now, Sean Couturier will once again have a chance to shine in the big leagues. With Claude Giroux out with what Holmgren now describes as "whiplash," it's expected that Couturier will replace Claude on the top line.
It won't be easy for Sean, but I fully believe he can and will impress. He may not have as much offensive talent as Giroux, but I have a feeling he will fit right in.
What do you think? Will Sean Couturier continue to impress? Or will he show he's another dud?
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