CSNPhilly.com describes how the way 19-year-old center Sean Couturier has been working in Terry Murray’s AHL Phantoms camp – hustling every shift – you’d think he was trying to earn a roster spot; although he knows he has one waiting for him at the NHL level once the lockout ends.
“It’s different,” Courturier said, about his goals in this camp.
“I still have to adapt myself. It’s a different level. I’m looking forward to it. It’s my second year of pro hockey, so I want to bring more offense to my game. I know I have the offensive tools to do it and, hopefully, I can show it.”
Flyers coach Peter Laviolette, an observer at this camp, watching from the balcony at Skate Zone, says what he wants Murray to work on with Couturier is becoming more offensive minded.
The mandate is to use “Coots” on a top line, and especially on the power play.
His skills with the puck were on full display in Drummondville from 2009 through the 2010-11. He scored 77 goals over those final two seasons in junior.
That offensive flair needs to be unleashed here.
“In junior … I had 96 points two years in a row, and it was still defense-first,” Couturier said. “I know I have the offensive tools to produce. It will come. I have to be patient with my chances.”