April 5, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture (39) during a stoppage in play against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Sharks: Can Logan Couture Lead the Way?

Well, nearing the start of the NHL season, (January 19), the Sharks are looking good. With a new and improved roster, they could be looking at playoffs for sure.

There’s just one problem. Are Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton too old to be leading the Sharks with goals? Maybe Thornton with points overall, but I think the Sharks need someone to step it up for them. That man’s name would be Logan Couture. Here are some of his accolades:

  • All-time NHL leader in rookie-season road game-winning-goals scored – 7
  • San Jose Sharks franchise leader in rookie-season goals scored – 32
  • First San Jose Shark to record 30 goals in his first two NHL seasons
  • 2nd in 2010-2011 season NHL rookie goals scored – 32 (behind M. Grabner)
  • 2nd in 2010-2011 season NHL rookie points scored – 56 (behind J. Skinner)

These are all good, and the Sharks are lucky to have him. Unfortunately, he is still very young at the age of 23, and hasn’t had much experience in the NHL. This is why it’s absolutely crucial that Thornton and Marleau step up in the playoffs. Which aren’t actually that far away. Couture hasn’t always had the best of luck scoring in the playoffs, but this might be his year. Last year, the Sharks had the advantage of age over the Blues. Unfortunately, however, the Blues were more energetic and grabbed the series in five games.

This year is different. Marleau and Thornton don’t have to deal with the stress of an 82 game season, so they will be more energetic in the playoffs, where tire doesn’t catch up to them. Joe Pavelski and Couture really might be the future of the Sharks. “The Big Pavelski” has been a huge factor in the playoffs, but now he needs to see how Couture performs this year.

If Couture can breakout in the playoffs, he may be the main option: the 2 on 1, the OT goal, the game tying goal, the smart play. If could all be Couture this year. Backed up by stars in Marleau, Thornton, and Pavelski, Couture will surely take other teams by surprise.

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