Scrutinized Sean Couturier No. 1 for reason

Updated: January 25, 2011, 1:36 PM ET
By Gare Joyce

It wasn't a great week for Drummondville center Sean Couturier.

Even though this blog has Couturier ranked first overall in its latest top 50, I was pretty critical of his performance in the CHL Prospects Game. The consensus among scouts was that his play was decent enough in the first 20 minutes of that showcase game but fell off markedly the rest of the way and his team was on the wrong end of a 7-1 rout. That came hard on the heels of Couturier dropping to fourth overall on the list that TSN's Bob McKenzie compiles from polling 10 NHL GMs and scouts. (That list has him behind, respectively, Adam Larsson, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Gabriel Landeskog respectively.)

So other than that, how was your week Sean?

Okay, take a deep breath. One scout called in to offer up his umbrage with the knocks on Couturier. I'll give it to you word for word.