Saturday, November 2, 2019

Sean Couturier Jersey Card

One shouldn't have to wait for a reason to write about Philadelphia Flyers star Sean Couturier, he of the most team-friendly contract in the NHL ($4.33M per until tne end of 2021-22), a consequence of coming out of his shell to reach elite level at age 25 instead of 23. Then-GM Ron Hextall knew exactly what he was doing at the time, even though some pundits viewed it as a gamble at the time.

Nowadays, Couturier's the Flyers' top-line centre, a point-per-game producer and Selke Trophy finalist who has revived captain Claude Giroux's career after a three-year stagnation period/slight dip in production.

He does all the little things that eventually lead to production, but he isn't just brains, technique and repetition - he can also be spectacular at times, as he proved last night by scoring a shootout goal using the patented Peter Forsberg technique:

The Flyers are neck-and-neck with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Columbus Blue Jackets fighting for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot and likely will be all year, but as long as Couturier gonna Couturier, they'll have a chance.

Here he is wearing the Flyers' white (away) uniform (and 1970s throwback) on card #GJ-SC from Upper Deck's 2015-16 Series 1 set and UD Game Jersey sub-set:
It features a bright orange (much brighter than on the scan) game-worn jersey swatch.

Internationally, Couturier has suited up for Team Canada four times, earning one gold medal (2015 World Championships) and three silver (2011 World Juniors, as well as the 2017 and 2019 World Championships).

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