The NHL Network had no love for Sean Couturier and the Philadelphia Flyers in their top 20 centers rankings.
NHL Network revealed their “top 20 centers in the NHL right now” on Sunday, and Couturier was somehow left off of the list.
Here is the latter half of the list, with the top 10 centers named below.
— NHL Network (@NHLNetwork) August 4, 2019
Connor McDavid, Sidney Crosby, Nathan MacKinnon, Aleksander Barkov, John Tavares, Auston Matthews, Patrice Bergeron, Steven Stamkos, Mark Scheifele and Brayden Point are ranked No. 1 through 10, respectively.
Couturier was left off of the list despite being tied for 33rd in scoring among all players and being 19th among centers, per NHL.com. Not only is Couturier among the league leaders in scoring, but he is also one of the best defensive players in the league.
It took a while for the offense to finally show up, but Couturier has always been a great two-way player. He was recognized for that by being named a Selke Trophy finalist for the 2017-18 season as he helped lead the Flyers to the playoffs.
He also finished sixth in voting for the Selke his past season, ahead of names like Point, Aho and Tavares, all of whom were on NHL Network’s top 20 centers list. Couturier had a +6.8 CF% relative (per Natural Stat Trick), which was fourth in the NHL among centers.
Couturier’s offensive prowess combined with his defensive dominance makes him one of the best centers in the league and definitely one of the top 20 centers in the NHL today.
Now, these rankings are made to drum up discussion and interest in said rankings – as any publicity is said to be good publicity for some – but it’s still baffling that Couturier was left off of the list.
It seemed like Couturier was finally getting the respect he deserved around the league, but he’ll just have to continue to prove the doubters wrong as he heads into the season with a chip on his shoulder.