At 39, Logan Couture's season in points currently matches his jersey number. He is one behind Joe Pavelski for the team lead.
That in itself would make the centerman worthy of a focus, here on sjsharks.com.
But instead - I want to elaborate on all of the little things the stat sheet does not tell you about Logan.
Last outing is a perfect example. Early in Saturday night's game against Calgary, Couture took a high stick from Brodie (as in T.J., not me). It cost him parts of three front teeth. Logan went off for repairs but came back in the period.
In the second stanza - after Todd McLellan had surely given his team a stiff talk inside the dressing room - Logan comes out and scores a quick goal less than 20 seconds into play. His team responds by getting two more quick ones, and takes a 3-2 lead.
Then in the 3rd period, Couture pays the ultimate sacrifice on defense, extending his right skate boot to block Mark Giordano's whopper from the point. He later said it got him right where the "shot blocker" did not protect, and before even getting back on his feet, Logan continued defending on the play from his rear end.
San Jose ended up losing that one 4-3 in overtime. And during his postgame interview scrum, Logan went out of his way to tastefully, yet tactfully, yet accurately point out how team defense has been failing lately. The honesty and precision in pointing out what went wrong, in such a short time after the game and all of the emotions, was actually refreshing.
I have watched every single contest that Logan has played in the NHL: 343 in the regular season, plus another 56 in the playoffs. And in those 399 games, I could come up with dozens upon dozens of other examples where Couture showed relentless drive, selfless risk-taking, and an unusual passion to win.
In the bigger picture, things haven't all come easy for Logan. He was an NHL All-Star in 2012... picked last. He was a nominee, likely a finalist to be on Team Canada's 2014 Olympic roster... but ended up getting snubbed. And when San Jose decided on 4 alternate captains this season... Logan was not one of them.
But as you can see, Logan has not let any of this slow or stop him. At 25 years old, Couture should have a lot of hockey left. And hopefully the best rewards are still to come.