On Tuesday night, TVA Sports broke the news that Sean Couturier reinjured his knee during a recreational, non-contact hockey game. Couturier originally tore his MCL after taking some friendly fire in practice when he collided knee on knee with teammate Radko Gudas.
Flyers fans across the globe were hoping Couturier would stay healthy after he had a career offensive year during the 2017-18 season. Last year, Couturier tallied 31 goals and 45 assists for 76 points during the regular season. In just five playoff games, he notched another five goals and four assists, for a total of nine points. What makes his playoff numbers even more impressive is the fact that Couturier scored five of his points in a single game with a torn MCL.
As the offseason winds down, Couturier’s injury makes him a question mark for training camp and for the beginning of the season. Flyers fans and the front office alike are holding their breath for Couturier to make a full recovery before the 2018-19 season starts so he can anchor the first line as well as he did last year.
On the other hand, the injury to Couturier will open the door for Mikhail Vorobyev and Morgan Frost to showcase why they should earn a roster spot since the Flyers will be a center short for all of training camp and most of the preseason.
Noah is a lifelong Flyers fan who loves the sport of hockey almost as much as the orange and black. He is currently studying journalism and media studies at West Chester University.