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Is Logan Couture Better Fit for 3C?

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Logan Couture has been always been one of the most important players for the San Jose Sharks since he arrived in San Jose, but what should his role be next season and going forward? A look at how he was deployed compared to Tomas Hertl and Nick Bonino (5:00), how his deployment changed once Thomas Bordeleau was inserted into the lineup (9:00), and how his defensive game responded (13:00). Who should Couture’s linemates be next season (17:00)? Plus the winners of the Fan Appreciation Shireseys are announced (25:00)!

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Eric Pichette

Couture should remain in the top 6 but move to wing IMO

Eric Pichette

Oh absolutely I agree. I think that should be the priority this off-season assuming they’re looking to add another top six forward.

david barnard

what’s the 3rd line going to ATOI, JD? 16 minutes at most? i don’t think LC is quite a point in his career where his minutes should/need be reduced to that level. he’s been used as a shutdown 2nd line center against top opp lines predominantly the last couple of seasons. this past season his zone starts were pretty consistently mixed during the first half, and then tilted heavily towards DZ starts in the second half (which naturally had an impact on his scoring). there are also concerns about LC wearing out as the season progresses. some lost foot speed… Read more »

Yellow Laces

Hertl, Eklund, Bordeleau, Reedy….

Sheng Peng

You know what you’ve got with one of these four centerman. It’s highly unlikely that the Sharks will be strong enough up the middle to force Couture to wing

david barnard

Reedy’s a fine bottom 6 addition (and it’s debatable whether he’s a power winger or center) but not in the conversation that would impact what to do with LC. Eklund will play wing for a while, although his play-making ability and awareness could lead to a move to center down the road. Bordeleau might have a 2C ceiling, but considering we’ve been debating whether or not he breaks camp as the team’s 3C, pushing LC to wing wouldn’t be a consideration for a while. Hertl’s already the de facto 1C. all in all, i have to concur with SP, that… Read more »

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