The month of October has come to an end for the San Jose Sharks and boy, was it a roller coaster of emotions. The Sharks finished the month with a record of 6-5-0 and now sit at third place in the Pacific Division.
The Sharks began the 2017-2018 NHL season with one of their worst starts in recent memory after going 1-3-0 in the first four games and looking as though the struggles from last season had simply carried over. The Sharks finished the rest of the month with a 5-2-0 record and will carry some momentum heading on into November.
Reigning Norris winner Burns had an awful month of October after registering only seven assists in 11 games and zero goals. Burns was also a scary minus eight in the plus/minus category and has yet to register a power-play point, making this one of the worst offensive starts to the season in Burns' career.
Labanc, on the other hand, took many Sharks fans by surprise. He closed out the month of October with three goals and four assists in 11 games and was one of the most dynamic players on the ice. Labanc really found his spot on the first power-play unit and also found his home playing on the top line alongside Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski.
All in all, the Sharks have one guy to thank for the position they are in right now after an awful start to the 2017-2018 NHL season, and his name is Logan Couture. Logan Couture is Fear the Fin's October player of the month.
Couture was drafted with the ninth overall pick in 2007 NHL draft by the San Jose Sharks and has been an elite level player for the last 10 years.
The Guelph, Ontario native finished the month of October with eight goals (8!) and four assists for 12 points in 11 games.
In the month of October, Couture managed to win an NHL 3rd star of the week, recorded his second career hat trick, and added his third career four-point game to lift the Sharks into third place in the Pacific Division.
"Right now it just seems like the puck is following me around," Couture said. "Those are the days you enjoy coming to the rink and you know you're going to get some scoring chances."
Couture has been playing with Melker Karlsson and Tomas Hertl for most of the season and has elevated their play at times. It might be time to see coach Pete DeBoer move Couture up to play with Pavelski and Labanc and see the damage that line could do.
“I think he's been through a lot in the last 12 months," DeBoer said. "And he looks like the player who led the Stanley Cup playoffs in scoring a little over a year ago. It's good to see, we're going to need him."
The Sharks have already won their first game of November, defeating the Nashville Predators 4-1. The Sharks now ride a three-game win streak and will look to continue the home stand on a positive note. If Couture keeps it up, they’ll have no problem.