GATINEAU, Que. – Logan Couture isn’t afraid to have a little fun at his own expense.
Couture, of the San Jose Sharks, had the dubious distinction of being the last player selected in the 2012 NHL all-star fantasy draft on Thursday night.
Immediately following the draft Couture took to Twitter and wrote “Who went last? I missed the end of the draft?”
From the moment the players arrived for the draft the biggest question of the night remained who would be Mr. Irrelevant, the last man standing.
In the end it came down to Couture and Jamie Benn of the Dallas Stars. Captain Zdeno Chara selected Benn leaving Couture as the final pick for Daniel Alfredsson’s team.
Couture was a good sport about being picked last and in the end wound up being a winner.
The 22-year-old was given a 2013 Honda Accord Crosstour — not a bad consolation prize. In addition, US$10,000 will be donated to a grass roots program of his choice by both the NHL and the NHLPA.
“A lot of my friends and even my brother are blowing up my phone the past hour asking me if they can have it and what I’m going to do with it,” said Couture. “I had fun with it and you can’t take that personally.”
Minutes after he won the car Couture again turned to Twitter and posted this statement “First order of business. Pimping that Honda out.”
Couture admitted he couldn’t remember ever being picked last — ever — but you can bet that no one will let him forget this one. From the moment the decision came down Couture started receiving texts from friends and teammates.
“Jumbo’s (Joe Thornton) all over me,” said Couture. “He loves it. He was the first guy to text me.”
Couture was even having fun during the draft.
“Is it me or is it getting hotter back here after every pick?” asked the Guelph, Ont. native on Twitter.
Phil Kessel, who was the final selection in last year’s fantasy draft, was selected in the eighth round, 15th overall by Team Chara.
The Toronto Maple Leafs forward admitted he felt for Couture and thinks it might be time for a change of format.
“I don’t think you should pick the teams, but that’s my opinion,” said Kessel. “It’s nice for the fans and they enjoy it, but as players I don’t know if everyone enjoys it. For myself I don’t prefer it.”
While Benn was relieved at not having to be the last man standing he did admit that he would have taken it in stride.
“It’s really not that bad, you get a car and you get to donate some money to charity,” said Benn, who is recovering from an appendectomy. “We were having fun with it. We’re all here for a good time and we’re going to have a good weekend.”
The players were quick to support Couture and commend him on being a good sport.
“We had a lot of fun with him,” said the Philadelphia Flyers Scott Hartnell. “He did a great job about being the last guy.”