Sean Couturier is moving.
Inhabiting a hotel for the duration of his stay in Philadelphia, the Flyers’ eighth overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft is set to find a more permanent living accommodation. More specifically, he’ll be bunking with veteran Daniel Briere.
“Danny offered me to stay at his place and I’ll probably go there for awhile,” Couturier told The Courier Post. “I’m told I can stay there all year.”
The move suggests the Flyers are planning on keeping the 18-year-old rookie around past his nine game audition. The French Canadian forward has averaged over 15 minutes of ice time in three games this season. After Couturier plays in his 10th game, the first year of his contract is engaged, bringing him one year closer to restricted free agency. Should he play 40 games, Couturier will move one year closer to restricted free agency.
“Defensively, I think he’s done a good job for us,” Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette said. “He’s a guy that we use in a lot of situations for different purposes. He’s a left-handed centerman, one of our top penalty killers, a guy who was out there with Max [Talbot] on a regular basis.”
Couturier is one of six remaining rookies from the 2011 draft.