After being drafted 8th overall in the 2011 NHL Draft by the Philadelphia Flyers, Sean Couturier was quick to make a good first impression.
At 18 years of age, Couturier impressed the Flyers manangement at rookie camp, then earned a spot on the team in training camp. I believe it is safe to say that he exceeded the expectations of most.
In his rookie year, Sean showcased his defensive style of play. His strong work defensively, on the penalty kill unit, and in the offensive zone made him an effective two-way forward for the Flyers.
While Couturier's offensive skill set is continuing to develop, he was able to put up decent points in his NHL debut season. In seventy-seven games, he scored 13 goals and tallied 14 assists, for a total of 27 points. Two of those goals came when shorthanded, a situation that Sean specializes in. He was a plus-18 player when the season came to an end.
The pressure did not get to 19-year-old Sean Couturier in the playoffs. In eleven games, he managed...