Aug 12, 2013, 6:48 PM EDT
Given how Logan Couture has risen to prominence in the National Hockey League, it’s worth a look back at how San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson was able to wheel and deal just to get the growing star.
That was back at the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. Before selecting Couture, Wilson and the Sharks acquired Toronto’s first and second-round selections in a trade involving goalie Vesa Toskala, before using those picks to trade up with the St. Louis Blues.
The end result, with that ninth overall pick, was Couture. Keep in mind that, with the eight overall selection, the Boston Bruins selected Zach Hamill, who has 20 games in the NHL since then, and just four points.
Couture, on the other hand, has now become, at the age of 24, the new face of the Sharks’ franchise as players like Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau transition into the twilight of their respective careers.
“Throughout the season, he’s kind of taken that role, I think, especially on the ice. So to have him come back was huge. It’s just a boost to the guys mentally, if nothing else.”
This past spring, Couture had 11 points in 11 playoff games, as the Sharks first swept the Vancouver Canucks before losing out to the L.A. Kings in a hard-fought seven-game Western Conference semifinal series.
Eight of those points came as the Sharks made quick work of the Canucks, dispatching the 2011 Stanley Cup finalists in four games.
His point production slowed against the Kings, however he was still relied on heavily, averaging more than 20 minutes per game in the final three games of that series.
And he also played hurt throughout the post-season.
His progressions through the years – back-to-back 30-goal seasons prior to the lockout-shortened 2013 campaign – have him on the brink of joining the highest echelon of National Hockey League players.
It was without surprise, then, that the Sharks inked Couture to a five-year contract extension worth a reported $30 million.
“He’s obviously a huge part of what we try to do around here,” Wilson told the San Jose Mercury News.
- West update: Stars blow lead yet still improve hold on wild card spot 4
- East update: Red Wings eke out shootout win for key points 0
- Luongo continues to foil Schneider as Panthers damage Devils’ playoff hopes 3
- TGIF: In which we salivate over potential playoff matchups 10
- Backstrom to receive silver medal, IOC says Sweden doctor ‘made a serious error’ 28
- Pens lose Neal to concussion 57
- Here are the top 10 and bottom 10 goalies in even-strength save percentage 22
- Weekend preview: Flyers-Pens rivalry renewed, Bruins look to stay hot 12
- Video: Stamkos scores first goal since returning to Lightning lineup 4
- Sedin backs Tortorella and staff: ‘We love playing for these coaches’ 26
- Here are three ‘major changes’ the NHL should consider (98)
- Chiasson ‘shaken up’ by Peverley incident, won’t dress for Stars tonight (74)
- ‘It’s obvious Tortorella can’t come back next year,’ writes Vancouver reporter (62)
- Video: Dryden on why hockey should ‘give up the fighting, but keep the fight’ (57)
- Pens lose Neal to concussion (57)