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Logan Couture: Mr. Relatively Irrelevant

Jan 26, 2012, 10:01 PM EDT

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To some, All-Star Fantasy Drafts end in publicized cruelty. Instead of soaking in the joy of being named one of the best players in the league, one player – Phil Kessel in 2011, Logan Couture tonight – likely regrets being there. (A free car might soothe them, although it’s likely that a professional hockey player has that base covered already.)

That being said, there’s almost a karmic balancing act going on here. I would guess that Couture and Kessel have never been picked last in a P.E. class or random game between friends. For fans watching who drew the shortest straw physically speaking, there might be a sense of sadistic glee.

Still, Couture isn’t quite the lightning rod of criticism that Kessel’s been in his career. Both provided cringe-worthy displays of discomfort at the situation, but at least Kessel has been seasoned in the harshness of the hockey world’s ways. (See: his draft stock plummeting because of “character issues” and all the fallout from being traded to Toronto.)

It’s silly to call the last pick of the Fantasy Draft Mr. Irrelevant because Couture will go on to have a fine NHL career and could very well make more All-Star teams.

Instead, it’s probably most appropriate to call him “Mr. Relatively Irrelevant,” since that is how he stacks up to his peers. (Of course, this situation carries the huge caveat that goalies had to go by Round 10 and defensemen by Round 15.)

This begs the question: who deserved to go last? Keeping in mind that forwards are the only ones who can be picked last and excluding the team captains, select your choice in the poll below.

  1. orpikseyes - Jan 26, 2012 at 10:05 PM

    everyone except Malkin, Neal, and Letang.

  2. drewsylvania - Jan 26, 2012 at 11:17 PM

    Alfredsson–too bad that’s impossible.

  3. trbowman - Jan 27, 2012 at 4:41 AM

    Still can’t believe Bergeron isn’t in this game!

  4. cshearing - Jan 27, 2012 at 8:09 AM

    No one truly deserves to go last; someone just has to end up being last.

  5. nhlbruins90 - Jan 27, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    Nobody likes to be picked last. I know, I was picked last for basketball when I was 13. Last time I ever played b-ball. Who cares, I was smarter than all 50 of those guys combined.

    Anyway, since the hockey players I know of spend north of 100k on their cars, I was thinking of a great way for Couture to deflect the embarrassment of being last picked (and he did look embarrassed, shocked, pissed). Tell the interviewer-host that you plan to donate the car to a war veteran who is struggling to stay afloat after returning home. Plenty of them out there.

    Instead of being embarrassed, you could wear it as a badge of honor. Unless you’re a complete ahole, you could actually feel pretty good about being picked last.

    • sharks123 - Jan 27, 2012 at 12:46 PM

      He wasn’t pissed or shocked. I heard him earlier in the day talking about how he might go last and he was very casual about it all. He understands where he is and that being last with that group is no big deal. He handled it great.

      • nhlbruins90 - Jan 27, 2012 at 2:18 PM

        Nope. He was not happy after the fact. His face, the way he carried himself … he was embarrassed. Seriously, would ANY competitive pro athlete not be embarrassed by being picked last on national TV by his peers? No big deal? You don’t make it to the top if you feel that way. You can laugh and pretend, and try to shrug it off, but NOBODY wants to be chosen last.

  6. guinsrule - Jan 27, 2012 at 3:19 PM

    …and all us average folks were yelling “Who cares about being picked last? Take the car! Take the car!”

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