The file on Logan Couture
Drafted ninth overall
Logan Couture was drafted by the Sharks with the ninth overall pick in the 2007 draft after the team traded up to grab him. He would develop in the minor leagues until 2009.
First NHL goal
Couture made his NHL debut on Oct. 25, 2009. His first point came Nov. 1 against Carolina, and he tallied his first goal four days later against the Detroit Red Wings.
Couture split his first season between the NHL (San Jose Sharks) and the AHL (Worcester Sharks). He played 25 total games, scoring five goals and tallying four assist to go along with +4 rating.
First playoff goal
Couture scored his first two playoff goals in a Game 5 win against Colorado in the Western Conference quarter finals, giving the Sharks a 3-2 series lead.
Couture continued his outstanding performance deeper into the playoffs. He scored a goal against both Detroit and Chicago in the second and third rounds.
2010-'11 Regular Season
Couture's playoff performance sealed him a roster spot in the 2010-'11 season. Still rookie eligible in his first full season with the Sharks, Couture broke out, scoring 32 goals and 24 assists. He earned a Calder Trophy nomination and finished second in the voting to Carolina's Jeff Skinner. He also played in the NHL All-Star's Rookie Scrimmage.
Couture was a major factor for the Sharks' 2011 playoff success. The team went to the Conference Finals before falling to Vancouver in five games. Couture posted seven goals and seven assists.
2011-'12 Regular Season
In his second full year, Couture scoffed at the notion of a sophomore slump, scoring 31 goals and 34 assists in 80 games.
2012 NHL All-Star
Couture's performance earned him an All-Star selection. However, still unknown and underrated to the league, Couture was the last overall pick, selected to Team Alfredsson. He won a free car for getting pick last. Couture tallied one assist during the game.
Couture tallied one goal and three assists in the first round, but the Sharks made an early exit, falling 4-1 to the St. Louis Blues.
2012-'13 Regular Season
With the NHL lockout eating away half of the season, Couture played in Switzerland in the fall. He finished the year as the team's top goal scorer with 21 goals.
Couture received serious nation recognition for his play in the postseason. The Sharks swept Vancouver in four games before falling in Game 7 to the Los Angeles Kings in a hard-fought series. Couture had five goals and six assists during the playoffs.
Couture signed a five-year contract extension in the summer of 2013. He is expected to be a cornerstone for the franchise.