While there are some long-tenured veterans still around on this club, there should be no question who the face of the San Jose Sharks is these days. It’s Logan Couture. A move that has been a long time coming, it’s probably officially time to acknowledge that fact.
Couture had a fantastic regular season, in a campaign in which the Sharks struggled to find consistency. After a hot start, they struggled to maintain their footing and eventually fell flat on their faces in the middle of the year. They picked it back up, though, managing to grab the sixth spot in the Western Conference.
Throughout the season, Couture has maintained the type of production that we’ve grown to expect from the 24-year-old. His numbers have improved in each season that he’s been in the league. This was his third full season, which would have likely seen another increase in production if it were not a lockout-shortened season.
Couture’s 37 points in 2013 were second on the team. His 21 goals, though, came in first, four more than the next closest player. Of his 37 points, 12 came in the season’s final month. Throughout this season, he’s only gone more than two games without recording a point twice. The lengths of those streaks were three and four respectively.
Through one game in the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals, Couture has already managed to make an impact. He had two points in a Game 1 win against the Vancouver Canucks. He scored a power play goal to put the Sharks up 3-0 in that game, stealing away home ice advantage from the Canucks.
This kid is the real deal. At this point, there isn’t anybody doubting that. He’s becoming the face of the franchise, and a strong performance in the postseason, like we saw all throughout the regular season, would firmly cement his status as the face of the San Jose Sharks.