Regular Season Stats

GP

G

A

PTS

GWG

66

14

20

34

2

+/-

PIM

S%

ATOI

CF%

12

33

11.7

18:27

54.5

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
Toews
Bergeron
Sedin
Zetterberg
Koivu
Johansen
Duchene
Couture
O'Reilly
Zibanejad
Turris
Eichel
Mackinnon
Stastny
Brassard
Kesler

— 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?

Source: stats via Hockey Reference
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