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Sean Couturier should be the #1 ranked forward

In a mono-plagued season(where he lost XX lbs))), he scored the full season equivalent, 68gms, of 42goals and 113pts. He was a +55 this year and a +62 last year. This 6’4’’ 200lbs OHL center has an all around package that seems to be overlooked by most scouts (or for whatever other reason his dropping in rankings). He isn’t the flashiest offense player, as say a Nugent-Hopkins or Huberdeau or Strome, but he certainly gets the job done very efficiently.  This kid has all the tools a team would want in a center/forward: great size, great strength, great vision, great puckhandling abilities, great shot, great at faceoffs, great intelligence, great defensive abilities, above-average physicality, great work ethic, and nhl-ready. 70pts potential, 10-tool player, possible future selke candidate, highly effective in all zones, drawing comparisons to the Staal forwards/Lecavalier, and other great stuff scouts are saying about him, and rightfully so. He is considered a very low risk and high reward player, something very few players at the top of this draft are (Larsson is the only real other player you could throw that label on).  The only “knocks” he has are his thin frame(just for comparison, he’s 6’4’’ 200lbs now and Lecavalier plays at 6’4’’ 210lbs right now) and his skating abilities(which aren’t a problem right now and likely won’t be in the future). He was top of the draft rankings last year, but I believe the combo of mono and scout’s searching for the hottest/uprising player changed this. It really looks like the sky is the limit for this kid, and he’s on his way to becoming the next great 2-way center in the nhl. If he is on the board, I want the isles drafting him no matter who else is out there, with Larsson as the exception. I personally see him as a future 20-25goal/60-70pts top-tier shutdown center. 2 things I wanted from this: 1-comments on this below and a question, 2-would any of you choose Hamilton over Couturier if given the draft choice?(poll below)

 

http://www.mynhldraft.com/2011/NHL-Draft-Profiles/Sean-Couturier

http://dansallows.com/sean-couturier/

http://thehockeywriters.com/the-next-ones-%e2%80%93-nhl-2011-draft-prospect-profile-%e2%80%93-sean-couturier-%e2%80%93-ten-tool-prospect/

http://www.nhl.com/ice/draftprospectdetail.htm?dpid=9452&tab=scr

http://www.coppernblue.com/2011/4/8/2097987/the-case-for-sean-couturier-at-1

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9zdrKkarKI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvpCbEUCInw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2kT03J8MzI


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