Future Considerations

Couturier and Nugent-Hopkins in Century Race
February 25, 2011, 2:07 am
Filed under: NHL Entry Draft, OHL, WHL | Tags: , , ,

From Aaron Vickers:

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Sean Couturier find themselves in another race.

As if the two haven’t competed enough already.

Both candidates for the first overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Couturier and Nugent-Hopkins have a chance to eclipse the 100-point plateau in their rookie season.

The Red Deer Rebels standout has nine games to collect 13 points. He’s already set a career high in assists with 67, smashing his previous mark of 41. He’s also toppled his previous best of 65 points. Should five of those remaining 13 points be goals, the ‘Nuge’ (or if you prefer, ‘Hoppy’) will also establish a career best in goals with 25.

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Couturier has also had an impressive season despite missing close to a month of QMJHL action while helping Canada to a silver medal at the 2011 World Junior Championship. In just 49 games, the Bathurst, NB. native has 85 points, leaving him 15 shy of the century mark. Couturier, like Nugent-Hopkins, has nine more games left in the season.

But career-highs aren’t as easy to come by for Couturier, who led the QMJHL in scoring last season with 96 points. Couturier netted 41 goals last season and will be hard pressed to pop another 11 to set a new best, though he’s more than certain to set a new best in assists, one point off last year’s total of 55.

The pair could be set to join some illustrious company.

Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin both eclipsed the 100-point plateau in their draft season last year with 106 each. John Tavares notched 104 points in 2008-09 while Steven Stamkos recorded 105 before being taken first overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2008. Patrick Kane, with 145 points, was the top pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

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Aaron Vickers is the managing editor of Future Considerations and can be found on Twitter at www.twitter.com/VickersFC. Follow the latest Future Considerations news and posts, follow FC’s Official Twitter Feed at www.twitter.com/FCHockey.

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