Couture No. 2 ... and upset

TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:08 AM ET

Chet Couture is not a happy man.

Couture said yesterday the hopes of his son, Logan, have "been crushed" in wake of the OHL's decision to declare 14-year-old John Tavares eligible for the draft on Saturday.

Had Tavares not been part of the mix, Couture said the Oshawa Generals would have taken his son first overall.

The Gens will announce later today they're picking Tavares.

"It makes us realize the OHL is a big business," Couture said. "I was told by some people that some teams treat (players) like a piece of meat and now I know what they meant. I still don't understand why (the Tavares ruling) is happening at this point, just days before the draft. Why leave it so late and crush (Logan's) hopes?"

Generals GM Brad Selwood said he most recently spoke directly to the Couture family "five or six weeks ago."

"I told them then, if the draft was tomorrow, I would take Logan," Selwood said. "But that it was barring unforeseen circumstances. (Tavares' eligibility) is an unforeseen circumstance. Nobody has been misled here.

"I think the world of Logan Couture. If he comes back to haunt us (on the ice), good for him."

Chet Couture said he expects his son to rebound and play well for the team that takes him. The Sarnia Sting picks second and would be a good fit for Couture, who lives in London.

But the father clearly isn't impressed with the process.

"There is a sense of betrayal," Couture said. "(Logan) was feeling good about himself, now this. It's sacrificing one young player to appease whoever is pushing to have John Tavares in the league."

OHL commissioner David Branch said he was "disappointed" to hear about the elder Couture's thoughts but added "it should not matter where you are selected."


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