Found November 08, 2011 on NHL Hot Stove:
By David Strehle NHL Hot Stove Managing Editor When the Philadelphia Flyers selected center Sean Couturier with the eighth-overall pick in this past June’s entry draft, they knew they were getting a very good player. He had been ranked the first-overall prospect at one point before contracting mononucleosis, at which time his spot in the Central Scouting Bureau’s rankings went into a free fall. Only time will tell just how good of a player the 18-year-old rookie will develop into eventually, but he’s looked like anything but a youngster in the first 14 games of the season. After a strong showing in training camp and exhibition games, head coach Peter Laviolette showed his confidence in Courturier from day one. He saw significant ice time in the final five minutes of a 2-1 victory over the Boston Bruins on opening night – including the last minute of regulation – all the while protecting a one-goal lead. One by one, the draft class of 2011 that still had eligibility remaining...
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