Couturier, 20, scored six goals and had 15 points in 46 games last season with the Flyers, also his second in Philadelphia. Couturier averaged 15:53 of ice time this past year, including a lot of time on the penalty kill. He finished in the top-6 forwards (fifth) in average ice time and earned a bonus worth $58,537.
He knows that he needs to improve on all of those numbers and so does the Flyers' front office. Couturier enters his third season in the league and is able to identify what he needs to work on to become an elite player.
Assistant coach Craig Berube told CSN Philly that Couturier needed to work on his skating, in particular his quickness in the first 10 steps. Couturier worked on that over the summer along with adding eight pounds to his 200 lbs. frame. The bulk should help him stay stronger on the puck and not break down over the grueling 82 game season.
The kid has boatloads of potential. He was selected by the Flyers with the eighth overall pick in the 2011 draft with a pick acquired from the Columbus Blue Jackets (along with Jake Voracek) in exchange for Jeff Carter. There is no telling where his ceiling is because he has shown at every level except the NHL that he can score and his defense is second to none in the NHL. Right, Geno?
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