Logan Couture will represent his home country for the first time as a professional hockey player replacing injured Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn on the roster. Couture’s only other appearance as a member of Team Canada came at the IIHF Under 18 tournament in 2007 where alongside other future NHLers like Braden Holtby and Drew Doughty. In six games he scored 2 goals and 2 assists as Canada would finish fourth in the tournament after losing an opportunity to play for gold against the United States and then being demolished by Sweeden in the bronze medal game by a score of 8-3.
Couture was in the mix to represent Team Canada at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi Russia but injury, as well as an ultra-competitive field due to Canada’s depth, especially at center, which left him on the outside looking in. He was initially left off Team Canada again for the World cup of Hockey and while that may have disappointed some it’s hard to argue the players placed on the team ahead of him including fellow Sharks teammate Joe Thornton who is also the top of the Sharks depth chart at center. Couture’s case to replace Benn was solidified in the playoffs where he lead all players in scoring with 10 goals and 20 assists for 30 points.
I expect Logan Couture to play in the middle six for Team Canada as he is good in the faceoff circle as well as plays against some of the toughest competition in the among his teammates so he can be used to help shut down some of the most potent lines of some of the other hockey powers. I also would not be shocked to see him play the wing where I think he could be very effective as well especially on the power play. Couture will join plenty of familiar faces as fellow Sharks Joe Thornton, Brent Burns, and Marc-Edouard Vlasic were previously all named to Team Canada.