One of the few bright spots for the San Jose Sharks this season was Logan Couture
Although the Sharks had a rough season offensively — they only scored 182 goals (27th in the NHL) — Couture had a normal Couture season.
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As usual, Couture missed some games due to injury. Out of the possible 70 games that he could’ve played, Couture played 52.
However, his play didn’t seem effected as he was still able to score 39 points (16 goals, 23 assists). That’s on pace for 48 points if Couture could play the remaining 12 games.
As a normal Couture season would have it, his possession metrics weren’t the greatest. His CF% was just 49.7 and his FF% was just 49.2. Couture averaged 18:32 of ice-time and struggled in the face-off circles, having just a 44.0 FO%, as he has in previous seasons.
The big difference in this season from past was that this season was Couture’s first as the Sharks’ captain. In my opinion, he did a good job serving as captain. He was able to hold a dysfunctional, bad team together — even while missing some games and undergoing the coaching change.
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Overall, Couture deserves a decent grade. His grade takes a hit, however, because he missed some games due to injury. However, he still played very well. His 39 points were fifth on the team, 16 goals were tied for third, and 23 assists were fifth.
To go along with that, Couture was also pretty clutch this season, scoring the three game-winning goals — which is tied for second on the team.
Additionally, Couture played in pretty much every single situation — even strength, power play, and penalty kill. Although Couture didn’t score any power-play goals, he still had nine assists with a man advantage — good for third on the team. His two shorthanded assists were the best on the team.
Ultimately, I think a B- is a fair grade for Couture.
He had a good season like normal where he was one of the best forwards on the Sharks. However, being one of the best Sharks this season isn’t saying much.
He also missed 18 games in his first year as captain so that reduces his grade by a third of a letter. This class sadly requires attendance.