So many times in hockey, there is too much of a focus on the numbers, what the stat sheet reads after a game or the totals at a certain point in the season. Often times, that is used to unjustly judge a player's skill level.
Flyers GM Ron Hextall has always gone to bat for one player in particular who hasn't lit things up offensively but falls into a spotlight of sorts -- a Top-10 pick, a rookie that took the organization by storm, a player that was so known for his offensive work in juniors that embraced the defensive aspect of the game at the pros -- particularly for his age.
Sean Couturier, who is still just 23, was always the defensive catalyst for the Flyers, even going back to his rookie year when he was 18. But this season, more than ever, after an absence from the lineup for three games, the Flyers learned just how valuable he is in all phases of the game.