Couturier: Apprehension for the Extension?

[AUTHOR’S NOTE: This was written for The Broad Street Bully, a blog and podcast my friend Drew and I started based off of our mutual interest in the Philadelphia Flyers. See it on http://broadstreetbully.net.]

I’ve seen enough arguments over whether or not Couturier’s extension was too much for his current production. The primary criticism I’ve seen is that he didn’t show his offensive side and still signed a pretty formidable (but not Lecavalier like) contract.

Instead of arguing reasons why he is worth the money (his offensive prowess in juniors, his lack of any real talented wingers, a coach that didn’t develop younger players), I went to his draft year and grabbed the info on every center that was drafted in the first round.

Similar to the Voracek piece, let’s see where Coots falls in line with all these other centers picked in the first round of the 2011 draft.

1st Overall      Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (C)

6,000,000/year until 2020-21

SEASON TEAM GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG S S%
2011-2012 OILERS 62 18 34 52 -2 16 3 0 2 134 13.4
2012-2013 OILERS 40 4 20 24 3 8 2 0 0 78 5.1
2013-2014 OILERS 80 19 37 56 -12 26 6 0 4 178 10.7
2014-2015 OILERS 76 24 32 56 -12 25 2 0 2 189 12.7
NHL TOTALS 258 65 123 188 -23 75 13 0 8 579 11.2

In comparison for the same number of years:

Nugent-Hopkins takes 6 categories

Couturier takes 5 categories

3rd Overall      Jonathan Huberdeau (C)

RFA 2015-2016

SEASON TEAM GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG S S%
2012-2013 PANTHERS 48 14 17 31 -15 18 2 0 1 112 12.5
2013-2014 PANTHERS 69 9 19 28 -5 37 2 0 1 108 8.3
2014-2015 PANTHERS 79 15 39 54 10 38 0 0 0 169 8.9
NHL TOTALS 196 38 75 113 -10 93 4 0 2 389 9.8

In comparison for Huberdeau playing one less year:

Huberdeau takes 3 categories

Couturier takes 8 categories

5th Overall      Ryan Strome (C)

863,333/year until 2015-16

SEASON TEAM GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG S S%
2013-2014 ISLANDERS 37 7 11 18 -1 8 4 0 1 89 7.9
2014-2015 ISLANDERS 81 17 33 50 23 47 1 1 2 179 9.5
NHL TOTALS 118 24 44 68 22 55 5 1 3 268 9.0

In comparison for Strome playing two less years:

Strome takes 3 categories

Couturier takes 8 categories

6th Overall      Mika Zibanejad (C)

2,625,000/year until 2016-2017

SEASON TEAM GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG S S%
2011-2012 SENATORS 9 0 1 1 -3 2 0 0 0 12 0.0
2012-2013 SENATORS 42 7 13 20 9 6 3 0 0 90 7.8
2013-2014 SENATORS 69 16 17 33 -15 18 3 0 0 153 10.5
2014-2015 SENATORS 80 20 26 46 0 20 4 0 0 150 13.3
NHL TOTALS 200 43 57 100 -9 46 10 0 0 405 10.6

In comparison for the same number of years:

Zibanejad takes 2 categories

Couturier takes 9 categories

7th Overall      Mark Scheifele (C)

863,333/year until 2015-2016

SEASON TEAM GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG S S%
2011-2012 JETS 7 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 5 20.0
2012-2013 JETS 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0.0
2013-2014 JETS 63 13 21 34 9 14 1 0 2 100 13.0
2014-2015 JETS 82 15 34 49 11 24 3 0 2 170 8.8
NHL TOTALS 156 29 55 84 20 38 5 0 4 281 10.3

In comparison for the same number of years:

Schiefele takes 3 categories

Couturier takes 8 categories

8th Overall      Sean Couturier (C)

1,750,000/year until 2015-2016 then 4,333,333/year until 2021-22

SEASON TEAM GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG S S%
2011-2012 FLYERS 77 13 14 27 18 14 0 2 4 116 11.2
2012-2013 FLYERS 46 4 11 15 -8 10 0 0 0 75 5.3
2013-2014 FLYERS 82 13 26 39 1 45 0 1 2 165 7.9
2014-2015 FLYERS 82 15 22 37 4 28 1 1 0 148 10.1
NHL TOTALS 287 45 73 118 15 97 1 4 6 504 8.9

18th Overall    Mark McNeill (C)

Contract information/cap hit not on CapFriendly

No NHL stats

27th Overall    Vladislav Namestnikov (C)

874,125/year until 2015-16

SEASON TEAM GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG S S%
2013-2014 LIGHTNING 4 0 0 0 -1 4 0 0 0 4 0.0
2014-2015 LIGHTNING 43 9 7 16 1 13 1 0 3 46 19.6
NHL TOTALS 47 9 7 16 0 17 1 0 3 50 18.0

In comparison for Namestnikov playing two less years:

Namestnikov takes 1

They tie in 1

Couturier takes 9

28th Overall    Zack Phillips (C)

Contract information/cap hit no on CapFriendly

No NHL stats

Looking at this information, it appears like Couturier was the first domino to fall in contract renewals for the 2011 centers that were drafted in the first round. Barring Nugent-Hopkins because he was the first pick, Couturier is the first one to sign a substantial long term, big money deal. This should set the table for the rest of these players (especially Huberdeau) to get a gauge on how much they are worth to their teams.

And if his offense flourishes under Hakstol’s direction and some new line mates, it hopefully won’t be his last long term, big money deal.

**Salary numbers from http://www.capfriendly.com and yearly stats from http://www.nhl.com

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