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2007 Entry Draft Prospect Profile: Logan Couture

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers
From May 7 through June 15, philadelphiaflyers.com will be profiling 30 of the top prospects in the upcoming NHL Entry Draft in alphabetical order. Check back daily Monday through Friday, to learn more about the players who could become first round draft picks of the club. Philadelphia has two first round picks, including the second choice overall.


The 2007 NHL Entry Draft takes place on June 22 and 23 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.


Logan Couture
2007 Team: Ottawa (OHL)
Position: Center
Shoots: Left
Height: 6’1’’
Weight: 195
DOB: 3-28-89

2007 Statistics
GP: 54G: 26A: 52PTS: 78PIM: 24

Overview:
Logan Couture is a playmaking center who has impressive vision and a knack for being in the right place at the right time. His other strengths include his soft hands, an ability to distribute the puck, and also playing with energy while protecting the puck.

Couture missed some games this season for the Ottawa 67's due to a skate cut to his leg and then contracted mononucleosis. The injury limited his speed this season, but he was still ranked 19th on Central Scouting’s list of North American skaters. Elements of his game that could use improvement include being tougher in traffic and his skating.

Couture was selected to play for the Eastern Conference at the 2007 OHL All-Star Classic, winning the shooting accuracy competition. He was one of 40 draft-eligible prospects selected to participate in the 2007 CHL Top Prospects Game, competed in the Canada-Russia Challenge in 2006 for the OHL All- Stars, and was second in voting for OHL Rookie-of-the-Year in 2005-06. He attended the Team Canada Selection camp for the 2006 Junior World Cup, but was left off the team due to an injury sustained at camp.

The Flyers say...
"Logan Couture was battling mono so he never really got physically where he probably wanted to be. He had a tough early part of the year, but a really good underage tournament. He’s a smart player and works hard. His skating is just okay, and he’s a solid prospect, but he wouldn’t be in the top part of the draft group."
- Director of Hockey Operations Chris Pryor

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