Couturier (knee) is expected to play Saturday versus the Bruins, Sam Carchidi of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. This will be the preseason debut for Couturier, who dropped a career-high 31 goals (14 power play) and 45 assists to complement a plus-34 rating over a full season with the Flyers in 2017-18. Regarded as one of the top two-way players the NHL has to offer, Couturier should go in the early-to-middle rounds of most fantasy drafts.
The Flyers brass hopes to have Couturier (knee) return for their final preseason game Saturday against the Golden Knights, Bill Meltzer of NHL.com reports. Couturier has recently been skating and partaking in scrimmages without discomfort, which is an encouraging sign as the preseason winds down. More clarity on his situation should arise as the weekend approaches, but he can safely be ruled out for Thursday's clash against the Rangers.
Couturier is participating in scrimmages and skating without any discomfort, Bill Meltzer of NHL.com reports. Although he isn't taking part in any contact drills, Meltzer also reports Couturier "has looked good all week." Couturier tore his MCL during the first round of the playoffs and re-injured the knee in an Aug. 10 charity game. Keep an eye on the Flyers center, but the expectation is he will be ready to fully go at the beginning of the regular season. Unless he suffers a setback, draft him as you normally would.
Couturier (knee) participated in an intrasquad scrimmage Wednesday, showing no "ill effects" of his injury, Sam Carchidi of The Inquirer reports. The two-way breakout performer has now been on the ice for three straight days, and this had to be the most intense session for him since he sustained the injury in an Aug. 10 charity match. It looks like Couturier has avoided a major setback, so don't hesitate to draft him as you normally would.
Couturier (knee), who skated for the second straight day Tuesday, is targeting a return in the preseason, Adam Kimelman of NHL.com reports. There will be eight possible preseason games for Couturier to draw into before the Flyers travel to Vegas for the Oct. 4 regular-season opener. "I'd like to a play a few games, at least one or two, just to get back into game action before the season," he said. "I'm just going by what they're telling me. They're holding me back a little bit. I feel great. We're being cautious, take it one day at a time, making sure it's completely healed." Expect a much more crowded Couturier bandwagon in fantasy games after he went from 34 points in 2016-17 to 31 goals and 45 assists without missing a regular-season contest last season.
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