(photo: Dinur Blum)
Every month, the Sharks Foundation “Sharks Player of the Month” program honors Sharks player(s) who have contributed the most to the team. Centerman Logan Couture was named as the Sharks Player of the Month for January. This is his fourth time honored.
The 25-year-old was drafted ninth overall in 2007 by the Sharks and is a product of their AHL affiliate that was in Worcester, Mass., where he scored 20 goals and 33 assists in 42 games during the 2009-10 season. His success continued to grow after coming to San Jose for his first full season in 2010, and he has been an asset to the team, organization, and the NHL ever since.
In January he had 12 points (4 goals, 8 assists), which led all Sharks, and finished with a plus-2 rating. He really shined against Pacific Division rivals in January, registering 7 points (3 goals, 4 assists) in four games played.
Currently, he is tied for first on the team in points with 43 (18 goals, 25 assists) and is second in goals scored and second in assists. He is all over the NHL leader boards as well this season, ranking in the top 25 for many aspects of his game – tied for 5th in shorthanded goals (2), tied for 14th in shots (155), and 12th for blocked shots (43) among forwards.
Couture had his first full NHL season in 2010-11 and celebrated many accomplishments that same season. Some of his accolades included being named a Calder Memorial Trophy Finalist and member of the NHL All-Star Game. He was the first in Sharks franchise history to record 30 goals in his first two NHL seasons, with 32 goals scored in his rookie season, another franchise first and 2nd in the league for the 2010-11 season.
Clearly, Couture is an outstanding player who continues to push himself and his team forward. As an integral part of the Sharks, it is anticipated that many more accomplishments will come as we head into the second half of this season.