Flyers forward Sean Couturier has had a key role for the stacked Canadian team at the IIHF World Championships in the Czech Republic so far.
Couturier assisted on an even strength Tyler Seguin goal today in Canada’s 9-0 rout against Belarus, their first quarter-finals win at Worlds since 2009.
The 22 year old shutdown center is 2nd in the tournament in +/- (for what it’s worth) with a +10, behind none other than Claude Giroux with +11. Couturier hasn’t been on the ice for an even strength goal against all tournament, and has accumulated three goals and three assists in the process (8 GP).
Sean Couturier’s ice time has been steadily trending upwards under soon to be Oilers coach Todd McLellan.
On a team full of stars, Couturier’s been grabbing more and more TOI: Gm 1- 9:59 Gm 2- 9:32 Gm 3- 10:48 Gm 4- 13:22 Gm 5- 14:24 Gm 6- 13:27
— Bob Roberts (@BobRbrts) May 11, 2015
When Sidney Crosby was scratched for the game against Austria, McLellan had Couturier centering the top line with Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle on his wings. Despite no points from Coots, the line contributed three goals in the 10-1 blowout.
Sean Couturier was named the player of the game in Canada’s prior contest against Mark Streit and Switzerland, a convincing 7-2 win. His day included setting up Aaron Ekblad and Cody Eakin for goals and redirecting a puck in the net himself, all on even strength.
— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) May 10, 2015
Team Canada mounted a huge comeback about a week ago against Sweden. Down 3-0 after one period of hockey, Canada roared back to tie it 3-3 in the 2nd period, with the 3rd goal coming on a Coots deflection.
Canada would go on to win that game 6-4. They have steamrolled through the tournament so far, going 7-0 in round robin play. The Canadians averaged seven goals a game during that run, not to mention putting up nine today.
Coots’ Flyers teammates have been productive with the team as well, Claude Giroux is averaging a point per game during Worlds (8 GP, 2 G, 6 A). Brayden Schenn has been healthy scratched quite frequently (2 GP), but picked up a goal and an assist in the game against Austria.
It’s nice to see this Sean Couturier put up numbers in May even if Canada is in a class of their own with talent level in Prague. Look for Coots to breakout next year with a new coach not burying him in the defensive zone 75% of the time and some healthier and/or more talented linemates.