Sean Couturier will miss at least two weeks for the Flyers
Gritty center Sean Couturier will be out for the next couple of weeks in Philadelphia. The Flyers forward Sean Couturier suffered a Costochondral separation, which is also known as a rib separation. Couturier sustained the injury just 1:38 into Friday night’s Flyers win over the Penguins, immediately leaving the game not to return. It’s a massive blow for Philadelphia as Couturier was the team’s second-leading scorer in each of the past two seasons. The 28-year-old is also an outstanding two-way player picking up the league’s Selke award last year for the NHL’s best defensive forward.
With Couturier out, Philly may choose to accelerate the development of top-prospect Morgan Frost. The centerman was the Flyers first-round pick in 2017, and while a healthy scratch in the team’s first two games, he may get a shot with Couturier out long-term. Frost is available in almost all fantasy leagues and could be a sneaky pickup in deeper leagues.
Oskar Lindblom and Travis Konecny, who already has a hat-trick this year, will have to shoulder more of the offensive load. The 2017 second overall pick, Nolan Patrick, could also get an uptick as the Flyers aren’t so strong in the middle. The 22-year-old center could take some of Couturier’s power-play time and already has scored a man-advantage goal this season. Patrick can be found in more than 90 percent of leagues.
The Flyers don’t play again for a few days but taking a browse at FanDuel’s DFS for a few of these players is a good idea before they hook up with the Sabres Monday night.