August 06 2010 07:44AM
As the reality of another summer spent without addressing center ice adequately sinks in, I thought it might be a good time to introduce you to a possible future.
Sean Couturier is 17-years old, born in Phoenix and the next Hockey Jesus. LAST SEASON--16 years old at the beginnng of the year--the young man (man?) ripped up the QMJHL to the tune of 68gp, 41-55-96. At that age, it is a stunning total. Other impressive numbers? He's 6.03! 193! Won the Beliveau trophy (leading scorer!). Plus he was doing it while playing the other team's best! Already! Has his own tsn player page!
Couturier told tsn: "I had a great offseason last year. I got a lot of experience and I matured from that. And going to the Under 18s (last year) gave me a huge boost of confidence and I carried that for the rest of the season."
Couturier is currently turning heads at the Canadian World Junior summer camp (which goes through Saturday night so watch tsn for updates) and there's a very strong chance we'll see him at the Christmas tournament.
He's the closest thing we've seen to Sidd Finch since, well, Sidd Finch. So the next time some other NHL team addresses need and gives their roster balance, remember Sean Couturier. He'd be a nice fit to the current Oilers department of youth.