When it comes to the NHL’s end of the year awards, the total body of work is what makes the difference. However, it doesn’t hurt to put up a prime performance when the eyes of the hockey world are upon you. That is exactly what happened with Logan Couture Friday when he posted two goals in Ottawa Thursday night with everyone in the country watching Dany Heatley’s return.
The two goal evening has even more people talking about him as Calder candidate as the NHL’s possible rookie of the year.
For Couture, any end of the season trophy talk is the furthest thing from his mind. For him it was a homecoming as well as he, along with Jamie McGinn and Derek Joslin, played for junior hockey for the Ottawa 67’s. There were quite a few people in the building cheering him on.
“It’s definitely a night I won’t forget,” Couture said. “To be the first star when people come out to watch, that feels pretty good.”
Like most western based players when a club heads east, there were plenty of visitors on hand to enjoy Couture’s performance and his parents have traveled to Montreal to see that game as well.
“(It was fun) playing in that town with my family there and my billet family as well,” Couture noted.
It was just two seasons ago that Couture was starring for the 67’s, now he is pulling a starring role on a club with a lot of stars.
In addition to the family there was representation from his junior days.
“Killer was there, my coach from junior and some guys I used to play with,” Couture said.
The 21-year-old center did not have a chance to completely convert to being a Senators fan during his Ottawa time as he was busy with his own schedule. He did find his way to a few games.
“Maybe five or six. Our owner would get tickets,” Couture said, even though he didn’t really get to know the Senators players. “I played with Jason Spezza’s brother.”
Couture spent his youth as a Buffalo Sabres fan and noted the Senators knocked his club from the postseason recently.
“The Sens put out my Sabres in the playoffs a few years ago,” Couture said.
In the end, the family and friends visit was fun, but the trip was for business purposes and San Jose’s rookie center was happy to help provide a needed victory in Heatley’s return.
“We got the two points which is what we wanted,” Couture said. “It (Heatley’s situation) was in the back of our minds.”
Couture, Joslin and McGinn enjoyed dinner the night prior to the game and recalled the old days (of a few years ago), having some great laughs in the city where their hockey skills developed.
Now the Sharks are in Montreal where Couture will have another chance to perform in front of an influential hockey market and he can make another impression on the Calder voters.
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