Philadelphia Flyers centre Sean Courtier says he believes the best is yet to come from him after making it through his first nine games as a rookie.
The 18-year-old has made a superb start to his career scoring 2 goals and making 2 assists and currently leads the team with a plus-4 rating as well as being amongst the league’s top forwards with an average 4:06 per game in shorthanded ice time. People looking for NHL picks will have been impressed by him.
Coach Peter Laviolette is understandably delighted with his young charge and been impressed by his maturity.”He’s been really good,” said the coach. “He’s been solid. Defensively he’s been responsible; offensively he’s given us what we’ve asked for.
I think we put him in a lot of situations where he’s handled it and done a good job.”The youngster freely admits he was nervous before his first training camp but realised that if he worked hard, he would find a place within the team.
“I’ve always taken price in taking care of little details,” he said. “The coach has confidence in me and it’s fun to see. I’m just doing whatever I can to help the team. … I’ve just been doing my little thing and trying to work hard and get better every day and do what I can to stay here.”
Thursday’s match was Courtier’s tenth in the team meaning he’ll be part of the squad for the rest of the season.
In the NHL franchises have the option of releasing rookies before they play ten games but the 18-year-old says this was something he was never truly worried about. Those following the live hockey online will know this.
“I knew there was a 10-game rule,” he said. “I never really thought too much about it. I tried to take it one game at a time, one day at a time and see where it brings me.”