2013-2014: 4th on the team in points, 4th in assists and 3rd in goals, T-7th amongst all NHL forwards in blocked shots (68). Has scored 20 goals in each of his last four seasons. Posted three assists on April 11 vs. Colorado. Scored a shorthanded goal, the only tally of the game, on March 16 at NY Rangers. Recorded one goal and two assists on March 8 vs. Montreal. Returned to the lineup on Feb. 27 at Philadelphia and scored twice. Missed 16 games due to injury. Had a career high four-game goal streak from Dec.29 – Jan. 4. Scored his 100th career goal, the game-winner, on Dec. 29 vs. Anaheim. Scored the shootout determining goal on Dec. 23 vs. Colorado. Matched a career high with three helpers on Nov. 29 vs. St. Louis. Set a career high with three assists (tied) and a plus-4 rating on Nov. 21 vs. Tampa Bay. Set a career high with 10 shots on Nov. 2 vs. Phoenix. Tallied a goal and an assist on Oct. 30 at Los Angeles. Scored both goals in the Sharks’ 2-0 victory on Oct. 26 at Montreal. Scored the shootout winning goal in the Sharks 1-0 victory on Oct. 21 at Detroit. Tallied two assists on Oct. 10 at Vancouver. Playoffs: Recorded a fighting major (Richards) in Game 6 of the WCFR on April 28 at Los Angeles. Had a teamhigh plus-3 rating in Game 3 of the WCFR at Los Angeles on April 22. Scored one goal and one assist in Game 2 vs. Los Angeles on April 20.
2012-13: 2nd amongst League forwards in blocked shots (51). T-10th in the League in goals (21) which led the team. T-9th in the League in home goals (12), T-6th in gamewinning goals (5) and T-15th in power play goals (7). 2nd on the team in points (21-16=37) and T-1st in plus/minus (+7). Named the NHL’s Third Star of the Week from April 15 – 21. Named the Brocade “Sharks Player of the Month” for April. Set a career high with four points (2-2=4) vs. Minnesota on April 18. Potted two goals and a shootout conversion on March 20 at Edmonton. During the work stoppage, he played for Geneva-Servette of the Swiss Elite League. Playoffs: Tied for the team lead in goals (5) and 2nd in points (11) in 11 games. Ranked 3rd in shots (33) and assists (6). 2nd amongst team forwards in blocked shots (12). Led the League in power play goals (5) and T-2nd in game-winning goals (3); led the team in both categories. Tallied 3-5=8 in the four-game WCQF series vs. Vancouver. Scored the game-winning goals in both Game 3 (OT) and Game 4 of the WCSF vs. Los Angeles.
2011-12: Voted the Brocade “Sharks Player of the Year’ in a vote conducted by a panel of Bay Area media. Appeared in the 2012 All-Star Game, hisfirst career selection. 9th in the League in road goals (19). T-1st on the team in goals (31, T-20th in NHL), 2nd in points (31-34=65) and 4th in shots (245). T-8th amongst League forwards in blocked shots (76). Set a career-high with his eight-game point streak (5-7=12) from Jan. 21 - Feb. 10. Named Brocade “Sharks Player of the Month” for December. Had an eight-game road point streak (5-3=8) (Oct. 21 at NJ thru Nov. 20 at Colorado). Scored the Sharks first shorthanded goal of the season, and the first of his career, on Oct. 25 at Nashville. Playoffs: 2nd on the team in points (1-3=4) and led the team in shots (19).
2010-11: Calder Memorial Trophy finalist, finishing second to Carolina’s Jeff Skinner in the closest voting since 2003. Named to the NHL All- Rookie Team and received the PlayStation “Sharks Rookie of the Year” Award. Among NHL leaders: T-7th in game-winning goals (8), T-14th in goals and T-21st in even strength goals (22). Among League rookies: 1st in shots (253), game-winning goals and power play goals (10), 2nd in goals (first NHL rookie to score 20 and third in club history) and points and 5th in plus/minus (+18). Set an NHL record for most game-winning road goals by a rookie in a season (7) on Feb. 8 at Washington (Steve Larmer had six in 1981-82). 22 road goals were 4th in the League and second-most in Sharks franchise history. Only the 23rd rookie to score 20-plus road goals.14th amongst League forwards in blocked shots (66). Played his 100th game on April 2 vs. Anaheim. Hit the 30-goal plateau with two goals at Phoenix on March 26. Selected to the Honda NHL SuperSkills competition at the 2011 NHL All-Star Game. Named the NHL Rookie of the Month and the Sharks Foundation “Player of the Month” for December. Youngest player in Sharks history (21 years, 263 days) to score a power play goal in overtime on Dec. 16 at Dallas. Scored two goals at Ottawa, the city in which he played his junior hockey, on Dec. 2. Registered his first career fighting major (Alex Pietrangelo) on Nov. 4 at St. Louis. Scored a game-winning power play goal on Oct. 8 vs. Columbus in Stockholm. Playoffs: T-9th in the NHL in goals. Had a point in six of seven WCSF games vs. Detroit (seven, four goals), including a goal in Game 7. Primary assist on the overtime goal in WCSF Game 1 vs. Detroit. Registered two assists in WCQF Game 4. Scored a goal in WCQF Game 1 vs. Los Angeles.
2009-10: Had a point in six out of the last nine games (six, four goals and two assists) and a shootout-winning goal. Converted his first career shootout attempt (game-winner) on April 10 vs. Phoenix. Firsts: game-winning goal at Minnesota on April 2, power play goal at Dallas on March 31, home goal on March 25 vs. Dallas, NHL goal on Nov. 5 at Detroit and NHL point (assisting on the game-winninggoal) on Nov. 1 at Carolina. Made NHL debut on Oct. 25 at Philadelphia and registered two shots. AHL: Named to the AHL All-Rookie Team with Worcester and The Hockey News. Playoffs: Scored the game-tying goal to send Game 3 of the WCSF into overtime. Became the third Sharks player to score his first two postseason goals in the same game (Sandis Ozolinsh and Marco Sturm) in WCQF Game 5. Made postseason debut in WCQF Game 1.
2008-09: Recorded a fighting major in this first professional game on April 3 at Albany. AHL Playoffs: 4th on Worcester in plus/minus (+5). OHL: Set career highs in goals (T-6th in OHL) and points (9th in OHL). T-15th in the league in assists, T-15th in power play assists (21) and T-5th in first goals (8). Named the Boston Pizza OHL Player of the Week for the week ending March 15. Member of the Eastern Conference All-Star Team. Voted for third “Best Defensive Forward” in OHL Coaches Poll. OHL Playoffs: Ranked 2nd on team in points and assists.
2007-08: Attended Team Canada’s National Junior Championship Development Camp. Voted among the top three in smartest player (second overall), best playmaker (second) and best stick-handler (third) among OHL Eastern Conference skaters in the annual OHL Coaches Poll. T-1st on team in points and 2nd in plus/minus (+9). Playoffs: Three points in four games.
2006-07: Second on team in points, goals and power play goals (10). Posted three points (goal and two assists) for the Eastern Conference All-Stars. Played in the 2007 CHL/NHL Home Hardware Top Prospects Game. Playoffs: Led team in points and assists. World Jr.: T-7th on team with four points in six games.
2005-06: Named to the OHL Second All- Rookie Team. Second in voting behind John Tavares for OHL Rookie of the Year. Among OHL rookies, points (third), assists (second) and goals (T-4th). Second on team in power play goals (12). Ottawa’s Rookie of the Year and Most Sportsmanlike Player. Participated in the 2006 ADT Canada Russia Challenge. World Jr.: Tied for second on the team in goals and tied for third in points.
PERSONAL: “Cooch” lists these favorites: Steak and lobster (food); Golf (offseason activity); Baseball (sport besides hockey); Steve Johnson of the 49ers (athlete); Man on Fire (movie); The Office with Steve Carell (TV show); The Weeknd (band); His backyard (vacation spot); Mizu Sushi (restaurant); Steve Yzerman (hockey idol); Scoring the overtime game-winner in Game 3 of the WQF’s against Vancouver (hockey moment); Chicago (road city); Chicago Blackhawks (non-Sharks jersey). Has a hidden talent of knowing song lyrics. Would be a physical education teacher if he was not playing hockey professionally. If he could hang out with one person in history, he would just sit down and talk with boxer Floyd Mayweather. If faced with the situation of fighting one horse-sized duck or 100 duck-sized horses, he would want to fight 100 duck-sized horses. Says Leonardo DiCaprio would be the actor to star in a movie about his life. States his parents were the biggest influence on his hockey career. Names Pavel Datsyuk the most exciting player to watch in the NHL. Says that teammate Joe Pavelski is the best teammate under pressure and would make the best coach. In his hometown of London, ON, Couture enjoys hanging out in his backyard and eating at local restaurant The Keg.