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In hindsight, trading up to draft Couture was a wise decision

May 20, 2013, 1:36 PM EDT

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NHL general managers take a lot of heat on PHT, so it’s only fair we occasionally point out a good move one of them makes.

In the case of drafting Logan Couture, Sharks GM Doug Wilson certainly made a good move.

Check that: Wilson made good moves, plural.

For those who require a refresher, Couture was drafted ninth overall in 2007. San Jose was able to get him after acquiring Toronto’s first- and second-round selections (13th and 44th) in a trade involving goalie Vesa Toskala, then using those picks, plus a third-rounder, to trade up with St. Louis for the Blues’ No. 9 pick.

At the time, Wilson was criticized for the move. Couture’s skating was a big question mark, and he went into the draft ranked 19th by NHL Central Scouting.

Fast forward to the present and Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart is calling Couture “the leader of this team,” per ESPN.

Couture, of course, returned from an apparent leg injury to score the overtime winner on Saturday versus Los Angeles. His 10 points in seven games — which include two game-winning goals — lead the Sharks in playoff scoring.

PS — The reason the Sharks traded up to get Couture is they were worried the Panthers were ready to take him with their 10th pick. Instead, Florida ended up picking defenseman Keaton Ellerby, who’s now — funny how these things turn out — with the Kings.

  1. freneticgarfieldfan - May 20, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    “first- and second-round selections (13th and 44th) for goalie Vesa Toskala” – wow, just let this melt on your tongue…

  2. joelwrobinson - May 20, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    sjsharks66 hates it when dougy wilson is right.

  3. sjsharks66 - May 20, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    I never said he was wrong about couture.

    Murray- 2 goals this post season and is playing great defensive hockey.
    Clowe- concussed. But scored 2 goals first game he was traded.

    Look, im not saying those were bad trades (anymore). Time to drop it dude. Time to stop obsessing over something i said 2 months ago.

  4. bcisleman - May 20, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    Since we’re awarding GM attaboys, how about Garth Snow for drafting Casey Cizikas w/ a 4th round pick in 2009. Casey gave the Pens fits in the first round and had 4 points from a 4th line position in 6 games.

    • tortshaswarts - May 20, 2013 at 10:31 PM

      Also cant forget about the 15 year deal to RDP. Every GM has good moves and bad ones, except for Scott Howson and Jay Feaster of course

      • jl9830 - May 20, 2013 at 11:23 PM

        That was Wang. Neil Smith was fired after 40 days because he wouldn’t sign that deal with RDP. Snow signing on to that deal was essentially a condition on him getting the GM job. He gets a pass for that IMO.

  5. tdrusher225 - May 20, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    You know what’s even crazier? The Bruins had the 8th pick….. and took Zach Hamill. Wow.

  6. zymurge - May 21, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    If you look through the players taken in 2007, Couture is second overall in points per game behind a guy named Kane (#1 overall that year). There are other players with more NHL points than Logan but they’ve played significantly more games. Maybe credit Dean with not rushing Couture into the NHL too fast as part of this evaluation.

    The biggest steal of that year is probably Jamie Benn, who went in the 4th. PK Subban was a late 2nd rounder for another great pick.

    For bonus points, don’t forget that Deano also found a diamond in the rough in the 7th round of that year: Justin Braun.

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