For years now Sean Couturier has been
one of, the best defensive forward in the NHL. The Frank J. Selke trophy is awarded every year and is voted on by Professional Hockey Writer’s Association(PHWA). Since coming into the league in 2011-12, Couturier has usually had the task of going up against the opposing teams top line. More times than not, he ends up shutting down some of the best players in the NHL. For example, rumors have been swirling that Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins, still has to sleep with a night light. Sources say he’s afraid Sean Couturier is hiding in his closet or under his bed ready to stop him from doing anything in his life.
Now, I might be just a little bias as I am a Flyers fan but I’ve had ENOUGH of him getting screwed out of this damn award. Whether its Patrice Bergeron, Anze Kopitar or most recently Ryan O’Reilly, Coots has been robbed of this award one too many times. Year in and year out he is consistently putting up decent offensive numbers while still playing spectacular defense.
I’m not hear to listen to any arguments about “Well his +/- numbers aren’t always great.” That’s a bullshit argument because Bergeron won the award back in 14-15 while only being +/- 2 and that same year Coots was +/- 4. Yes, Coots didn’t have as much offensive production as Bergeron but it’s not an award based just on offense. Guarantee you put those two one on one and Coots shuts him down more times than not.
Sean Couturier doesn’t get the respect he deserves around the league and I firmly believe it’s because he wears the Orange and Black. I refuse to let this continue to happen and so help me god if he doesn’t win this damn award this season me and the PHWA are going to have some serious beef(Make sure you check out Branded Sports newest podcast Beefin’ because you might be looking at a future episode, Walsh vs the PHWA) I don’t know who I have to talk to, but someone needs to point me in the right direction so I can get on this damn association and let my voice be heard! I promise you if my guy Coots doesn’t win this award i’ll be kicking ass and taking names.
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