Flyers draft Nick Cousins

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With the 68th pick in the 2011 draft, the Flyers selected center, Nick Cousins, from the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.

Birthday: Jul 20, 1993
From: Belleville, ONT
Height: 5’10″
Weight: 166lbs
Shoots: Left

Last season, Cousins posted 68 points in 68 games, split between a team-high 29 goals and 39 assists. His point total was second highest on the team.

Cousins posted 5 points (4G, 1A) in 7 games for Canada at the 2011 Under-18 World Championships.

Central Scouting had Cousins ranked at 71st overall among North American skaters. He has good offensive upside but needs to work on his two-way play. At 5’10″, 166lbs, he’s not a big player but he’s nearly identical in size to Claude Giroux.

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When asked what scouts said he needs to work on, he had this to say:

“Playing both ends of the ice. I put up pretty good numbers [68 points in 68 games for a ninth-place club], but you have to play good defence if you want to play at the next level. So I need to improve on my play in my own and my play without the puck.”

He’s said to be a player who plays big for his size and has a tendency to get under the skin of his opponents. He is a creative and competitive player who does not lack in character. In other words, he could do just fine in Philly.

Corey Pronman wrote this in his report on Cousins:

He moves at a pro-level with a fluid stride and is good on his edges, but doesn’t show any indication of the tool being beyond that. His puck skills are solid to above-average, but Cousins is more of a distributor than a dangler but can handle the puck at a decent level. He’s undersized and despite notable work ethic, his physical game is below fringe level and he can only show offensive effectiveness from the perimeter.

The Flyers acquired the 68th overall draft pick used to draft Cousins from the Blue Jackets in the trade that sent Jeff Carter to Columbus.

You can follow Cousins on Twitter here and view his draft prospect card here.