Regular Season Stats
Sean Couturier is living proof that you do not have to be a 50 goal scorer to be one of the most valuable players on your team. On a team that struggled to put up consistent offense for much of the season, having a player who helps shut down your opponent’s top line like Couturier is so important.
14 goals and 34 points is hardly the offensive production you’d like out of a player selected eighth overall back in 2011, but he excels in other areas of the game. Couturier won 55.1% of his faceoffs during the 2016-17 season.
He finished the year with a 54.5 Corsi For percentage, which was the most of any Flyer who played at least 25 games last season. The Flyers had a +14 goal differential when Couturier was on the ice and a -36 goal differential when he wasn’t.
Couturier is quickly becoming one of the best defensive forwards in the league and excelled as both a penalty killer and shot suppressor. However, many fans will consider the 24-year-old center a disappointment because he has yet to score 40 points in a season.
Despite the low overall offensive production, Couturier has performed better at 5 v 5 than some better names in the league over the past two seasons.
Kopitar— Alexander Appleyard (@avappleyard) July 22, 2017
Couturier’s biggest problem during that span has been staying healthy. Various injuries have caused him to miss 35 combined games the last two years (19 in 2015-16 and 16 in 2016-17). A healthy Couturier in 2017-18 will go a long way for the team’s success.
What do you think of Couturier’s 2016-17 performance?