Couturier was selected 8th overall in the 2011 NHL Draft by the Philadelphia Flyers and immediately entered the league. After some very successful time in the QMJHL (Quebec Major Junior Hockey League), the Flyers saw him as a defensive center that could also score. After a few seasons adjusting to the NHL, Couturier has consistently become a 30+ point scorer every season since 2013.
Cooter probably still has this puck on his trophy shelf. A nice play by Matt Carle set up a quick one-time shot that got by Craig Anderson for Couturier’s first goal.
Stanley Cup Playoff Hat Trick
In his rookie year, Couturier played 77 games and finished the regular season with 27 points. In Game 2 of the first round against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Couturier jumped on some defensive blunders and netted a hat trick along with Claude Giroux in a high-scoring game that ended in an 8-5 Flyers victory.
NHL All-Star Game
Being named to an all-star team is an honor no matter what, but for Couturier, it was definitely one of the most memorable experiences for him. Being named to the rookie team, he had some nifty moves in the shootout competition against Carey Price.
Pretty much every time the Flyers and Penguins match up against another, I assume Couturier is given the task to make Evgeni Malkin irrelevant in the game. Couturier is very successful in being a complete nuisance to Malkin and getting in his head to take him off his game.
Andrew Ostrosky is a writer and the Lehigh Valley Phantoms reporter for Good Night, Good Hockey. You can follow him on Twitter @HockeyGuyFromSL.