HW 2011 Prospects: Sean Couturier

BUFFALO NY - JANUARY 05: Jared Cowen #2 Sean Couturier #7 and Carter Ashton #25 of Canada stand on the ice during medal ceremonies after losing to Russia 5-3 during the 2011 IIHF World U20 Championship Gold medal game between Canada and Russia at the HSBC Arena on January 5 2011 in Buffalo New York. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

Hockey Wilderness has decided to rank their 30 favorite prospects in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft and will analyze each and every one of them. So on draft day, you'll have a good sense of who's who.

With each post, you will get to understand what type of player he is, and how he can help the Wild. You'll understand his strengths, flaws and get to understand what type of player he'll develop into.

The HW's Rank - The average rank of several of our favorite available rankings, weighted appropriately.

Summary Scout Notes - A broken down version of comments offered by each service. To read the whole explanations, click on the source site and search.

Now, introducing Drummondville Voltigeurs center Sean Couturier:


Sean Couturier

#7 / Center / Drummondville Voltigeurs

6-4

197

Dec 7 1992



GP G A P +/- PIM Midterm Rank
Final Rank HW Rank
2010 - Drummondville Voltigeurs
58
36
60
96
55
36
2
6
4.5

Don't forget to check out the Hockey Wilderness 2011 Draft Page as well. Just click on the picture.

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History And Accomplishments

  • 2008 QMJHL Bantam Draft - 2nd Overall, 1st Round (Drummondville Voltigeurs)
  • 2008-09 QMJHL Champion
  • 2009-10 QMJHL Most Points "Jean Beliveau Trophy"
  • 2009-10 QMJHL Second All-Star Team
  • 2010-11 QMJHL Best Professional Prospect "Mike Bossy Trophy"
  • 2010-11 QMJHL First All-Star Team
  • 2010-11 QMJHL Most Valuable Player "Michel Brière Trophy"
  • 2010-11 U20 WJC Silver Medal
  • 2011 KHL Draft - 133rd Overall, 6th Round (Salavat Yulaev Ufa)
  • HW's Take:

    Like Dougie Hamilton, I like center Sean Couturier alot but I don't see him falling so much that he becomes a realistic pick for the Wild. Just don't see it happenning.

    Couturier came into the season fighting for the #1 ranking against Swedish defender Adam Larsson. Now, Couturier is ranked 6th by Central Scouting. That's not to say he disappointed or his play regressed. The fact that this draft is so deep and that five other prospects has had amazing draft years is the reason why he was pushed down. But Couturier remains a very good prospect.

    He's a big, versatile center that has great hockey sense to play all of the zones on the ice. He's got a good, heavy shot and uses his big 6-3 frame effectively. He is mainly a playmaking forward, able to make quick plays with good hands and vision.

    Couturier is seen as safe prospect, with some concerned about his offensive ceiling. Does he have what it takes to become a true #1 center? His skating is also a bit of a concern, with heavy feet and slow first steps.

    But his combination of skill, size, and hockey sense will just be too good to pass up. He is a safe bet for a top nine forward in the NHL and teams in the top 5 will look at him closely.

    HW's Projection

    Top six center - plays all situations

    Summary Scouts Notes

    For full explanations, click on the links:

    Islanders Scout Mario Saraceno (via NHL.com)

    Couturier is a solid two-way centerman with great size and offensive instincts. He can play all situations effectively. He has a strong presence along the boards and in front of the net. He was a member of Canada’s World Junior U-20 team and finished fifth in the league in scoring after winning the title the previous season. He needs to work a little on his overall speed and acceleration.

    B2011DW

    Slick playmaking center ... big-bodied frame ... has a powerful stride ... big, heavy shot that he can score with ... threads the needle with pinpoint passes ... very good hands and stick ... has the natural vision and creativity to generate offense ... superb hockey sense in all zones ... willingly takes the hit to make the play ... a team player ... average skater; has a slow 1st gear and takes a while to get up to speed ... Doesn't appear to have a high offensive ceiling ... high center of gravity makes him susceptible to being knocked off the puck

    The Scouting Report

    a very capable offensive forward who has the size to create space for himself ... has great hands and vision and plays a very solid two-way game ... plays a ton of minutes ... kills penalties,plays the power play and takes all of the important faceoffs ... also not afraid to use his size ... he isn’t going to be a dominant offensive player ... will need to work on his skating a bit

    Video Evidence

    Sean Couturier- Right Above It (via dmarc031)

    Where Does He Fit With The Wild?

    Fits right there with Mikael Granlund as the team's top prospect. Adding Couturier to the team will just our center position that much more talented.

    Good Choice At #10?

    Excellent choice. He won't be there at #10 though. But if he did fall to the Wild and the team DOESN'T select...ugh...

    He's a talented center that plays tons of minutes and in all situations. We don't have that in our prospect pool.

    How Does He Look As A Wild?

       Couturier_medium

    Comment away!

    Special thanks to Brock Otten, Kirk Luedek, Scott Campbell, and Dan Shrader 

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