For the second straight season, Sean Couturier has put up 30-plus goals and 40-plus assists.
By the end of 2018-19, he should have new career highs across the board. Last season, Couturier eclipsed the 40-point mark for the first time by blowing past it with 31 goals and 45 assists, while finishing as the Selke Trophy (top defensive forward) runner-up.
Through 72 games this season, Couturier has 31 goals and 41 assists as eight contests remain, making him one of 20 players currently with 30 or more goals and 40 or more assists.
That's an eye-opening feat in itself. But how the 26-year-old is doing it compared to the rest is even more impressive.
First, let's list the 20 players:
• Nikita Kucherov (37 goals, 83 assists)
• Connor McDavid (37 goals, 70 assists)
• Patrick Kane (41 goals, 60 assists)
• Leon Draisaitl (43 goals, 51 assists)
• Sidney Crosby (33 goals, 60 assists)
• Johnny Gaudreau (35 goals, 57 assists)
• Nathan MacKinnon (37 goals, 54 assists)
• Brad Marchand (31 goals, 59 assists)
• Brayden Point (39 goals, 50 assists)
• Steven Stamkos (38 goals, 50 assists)
• Mikko Rantanen (31 goals, 56 assists)
• Aleksander Barkov (34 goals, 53 assists)
• John Tavares (41 goals, 40 assists)
• Mark Scheifele (35 goals, 45 assists)
• Sebastian Aho (30 goals, 49 assists)
• Sean Monahan (31 goals, 45 assists)
• Matthew Tkachuk (34 goals, 42 assists)
• Jonathan Toews (31 goals, 42 assists)
• Sean Couturier (31 goals, 41 assists)
• Patrice Bergeron (30 goals, 41 assists)
Among all NHL forwards, Couturier has played the 11th-most penalty-kill minutes at 167:48. Of the other 19 players with 30-plus goals and 40-plus assists, only one ranks in the top 50 for shorthanded ice time among forwards - Florida's Barkov at 21st with 151:50.
Meanwhile, 17 of those 19 players with 30-plus goals and 40-plus assists rank in the top 50 for power-play ice time among forwards. Tavares and Bergeron do not, while Couturier just cracks the top 50 at 44th with 223:17 man-advantage minutes.
On top of that, since the start of the 2017-18 season, only one forward has a better plus-minus mark than Couturier's plus-48 - Vegas' William Karlsson at plus-50.
Couturier has truly turned into one of the NHL's top do-it-all forwards. He consistently matches up against the opposition's best, does yeoman's work on the PK, takes (and wins) a ton of faceoffs and has played the fourth-most minutes per game among forwards since last season.
To be a 30-40 guy again is noteworthy. To record those numbers with a full plate of everything else is proof Couturier has become an elite Swiss Army knife in the league.
He's locked up with the Flyers through the 2021-22 season with a cap hit of just $4.3 million.
In late January, general manager Chuck Fletcher talked about untouchables. He mentioned Claude Giroux for obvious reasons, such as the captain's no-movement clause.
Alongside Giroux, Couturier should be right there because his fingerprints are everywhere.
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