Sean Couturier

Sean Couturier


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1st round (8th overall), 2011


191 lbs.

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2007-08: Couturier played for the Notre Dame Hounds Midget AAA squad, where he scored 19 goals and 37 assists for 56 points in 40 games.  He also represented Team Atlantic at the 2008 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, where he picked up 1 assist in 5 games.  Couturier was drafted second overall by the QMJHL's Drummondville Voltigeurs in the 2008 QMJHL Draft.

2008-09: Couturier played his QMJHL rookie season for Drummondville, appearing in 58 games for that club.  He scored 9 goals and added 22 assists for 31 points.  In 19 playoff games for the Voltigeurs, Couturier scored 1 goal and chipped in 7 assists for 8 points.  He once again represented Team Atlantic at the 2009 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge where he scored 5 goals and added 4 assists for 9 points in 5 games.

2009-10: In 68 games for the Voltigeurs, Courturier scored 41 goals and added 55 assists for 96 points on the season.  Couturier won the Jean Beliveau Trophy as the QMJHL's leading scorer and was a QMJHL Second-Team All-Star..  He played in 14 playoff games for that team, netting 10 goals while adding 8 assists for 18 points.

2010-11: In his third season with the Voltigeurs, Couturier appeared in 58 games for that team.  He scored 36 goals and added 60 assists for 96 points, a point total that was good for fifth overall in the QMJHL.  Couturier won the Michel Briere Trophy as the Most Valuable Player in the QMJHL, and also copped the Michael Bossy Trophy as that league's Top Professional Prospect.  He was named a QMJHL First-Team All-Star at center.  Couturier was named to Canada's entry at the 2011 Under-20 World Junior Championship.  He played in 7 games in that tournament, scoring 2 goals and adding 1 assist for 3 points.

Video interview with Sean Couturier from the 2011 World Junior Championship

Video interview with Sean Couturier from the 2011 CHL Home Hardware Top Prospects Game

Video interview with Sean Couturier from the 2011 NHL Combine

Talent Analysis

A combination of size and skill, Couturier is a solid and safe contributor at both ends of the ice. Perhaps his on-ice vision is his greatest asset, with a knack for finding an open teammate and threading a pass across the rink. Although he needs to continue to add strength to his frame and he is not known for being a punishing physical player, he uses his body well to protect the puck and make a play. Compared to the rest of the package, his skating is only average with the first few steps needing some extra work.



Couturier will attend Flyers camp with his sights set on securing a roster spot in 2011-12 but with the Flyers' depth at forward, particularly at the center position, he may be headed back to Drummondville for one more season of juniors. Should he return to juniors, Couturier would likely once again play for Canada's entry in the 2012 World Junior U-20 championships. One of the players in consideration for the first overall pick headed into the 2011 NHL Draft, Couturier projects to being a top level two-way forward and a gifted offensive player that makes those around him better. While Flyers fans may have to wait until 2012-13 to see him at the NHL level, he should be a fixture in the Philadelphia lineup once he arrives.


2011 NHL Draft: Early round picks pay off for Philadelphia Flyers

by Jashvina Shah
Sean Couturier - Philadelphia Flyers

Photo: Sean Couturier has become an effective two-way center for the Philadelphia Flyers, playing in 350 career games with the franchise. (courtesy Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)



The Philadelphia Flyers took six players, spread out over seven rounds, in the 2011 NHL Draft. The first two picks, earned from trades with Columbus, featured a first rounder and a third rounder. Philadelphia also had two fourth round picks, a sixth round pick and a seventh round pick. The Flyers, however, did not have a second round pick.

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Tyson Barrie - Team Canada - 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship

Photo: Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie has been effective for Team Canada in his first World Championship, notching a goal and four assists in nine games (courtesy of Martin Rose/Getty Images)



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by Chris Shafer

Photo: Selected eighth overall in 2011 by the Philadelphia Flyers, Sean Couturier was brilliant in his first NHL season. (Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)

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by Chris Shafer

Photo: Brayden Schenn (right) celebrates with teammate and fellow rookie Sean Couturier. Schenn and Couturier were integral parts of the Flyers 2012 post-season run. (Bill Streicher/Icon SMI)


Though many have graduated from the prospect list through the course of this past season, a number of the 11 rookies that took part in the Philadelphia Flyers' 2011-12 season were also key components to their 2012 postseason.

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Group of talented rookies responsible for Flyers quick turnaround

by Chris Shafer

Photo: Winger Eric Wellwood is not only among the fastest skaters in the Flyers organization, but may be one of the fastest young players in all of hockey. (Bill Streicher/Icon SMI)

For rookies in the Flyers' system, the 2011-12 season was unlike any other. The team was in the midst of a turnover and with that turnover came opportunity. The rest of the opportunities were given out due to injuries, but each player was able to step up and make the Flyers' regular season a success.

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