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Sean Couturier Has 'Always Been Defense First,' Doesn't Plan To Change

Sean Couturier of the Philadelphia Flyers quickly developed the reputation of being a defensively responsible forward over the course of the 2011-12 season. 

In fact, he was probably the team’s best.

By the end of his rookie campaign, the 19-year-old was utilized as the Flyers top shut-down forward and was given the weighty responsibility of facing the opponent’s top scoring competition. The most notable instance of this came in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal when Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins was virtually non-existent thanks to Couturier.

Moving into the 2012-13 season, the Flyers first-round selection in the 2011 draft would like to continue to develop his skill-set, most specifically in the offensive phase of the game, in order to become a more well-rounded player.

However, Couturier has no plans on changing the style of play that has gained him so much notoriety to this point.

Via Randy Miller of The Daily Journal:

“Of course, I’d love to contribute more offensively,” Couturier said. “At the same time, I’m going to stay the same player I am. I can’t change. I’ve always been defense first, even in juniors. I know I have the offensive tools to produce and it’ll come with time.”

According to the report, Couturier has added five pounds of muscle to his frame and now weighs over 200 pounds. In addition, he has participated in power-skating sessions to further improve his skating techniques.

On a personal note, the young forward stated that he will live with teammate Danny Briere and his three boys for another season.

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