A Look At Nick Cousins
In the midst of a blockbuster day for the Flyers organization last Thursday, the NHL Entry Draft that took place this past weekend took a backseat, at least in Philadelphia. However, the Flyers had a pretty successful first round, selecting Sean Couturier with the 8th overall pick (acquired from the Columbus Blue Jackets in the Jeff Carter trade). You can check out Mark Trible’s profile on Couturier here.
The Flyers acquired not only a first-round pick from the Blue Jackets, but a third-round pick as well (68th overall), which they used to select Nick Cousins, a 17-year-old center from Belleville, Ontario. At 5’10, Cousins is certainly small, but reports say that he has an intelligent hockey mind and good hands. His body size is comparable to Danny Briere (5’10, 170 pounds – just like Cousins), and Flyers fans have certainly seen the skill that a smaller player can possess. He’s already got a bit of the Flyers already in him, as he is rumored to be an agitator on the ice, something Flyers fans love to see in their players
A former Quinte Red Devil, Cousins spent the last two seasons playing for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). In 135 games, he scored 100 points (40 goals and 60 assists). Last season, he scored 68 of those points (29 goals, 39 assists) in 68 total games. He represented Canada at the 2011 Under-18 World Championships in Germany and posted five points in seven games.
At 17, Cousins will surely need to get a few seasons under his belt before he reaches the NHL. He has stated in previous interviews that he needs to work on his defense to be skilled at both ends of the ice. 68 points in 68 games is nothing to look down on, but adding to his skills will surely make him a more valuable player in the majors a few years down the line.
Cousins will attend the Flyers prospect developmental camp that will run from Wednesday, July 6th to Monday, July 11th.
You can follow Nick on Twitter at @Cous27.