Logan Couture may only be playing in his fourth NHL season with the San Jose Sharks, but he continues to improve with each season as is adding his name to any discussion of NHL stars in the Western Conference. Playing on a team that also includes Joe Thornton, Joe Pavleski and Patrick Marleau, it isn’t easy to get attention, but a hot start like Couture’s four goals and nine points in six games still deserves praise.
Couture scored 31 goals last season while reaching a career-high 65 points. He missed only two games for the Sharks, as they reached the playoffs for an eighth consecutive season. Couture had five game-winning goals and 26 power play points as he continued to score at clutch times. His goal against the Anaheim Ducks tied the game in the third period with under three minutes to play, sending the game to a shootout the Sharks would win, preserving their unbeaten season. He continues to see a lot of ice time this season with the man advantage, and already has five power play points.
The Sharks selected Couture with the ninth overall pick of the 2007 draft, and it only took two seasons for him to get to the NHL, where he would set a Sharks rookie record for goals scored in a season (32) and the NHL record for rookie game-winning goals on the road (7). With this kind of consistent production, Couture’s $2.8 million dollar salary seems like quite a bargain, and the Sharks should be happy that they have his services for two more seasons.