Flyers draft Nick Cousins

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 …

Hypothetically speaking: 2012 Phantoms edition

The Phantoms roster could look something like this next season: Read – Schenn – Testwuide Wellwood – Pither Couturier – Holmstrom Zolnierczyk Ranford – Kalinski – Akeson Rowe – Sestito – Rinaldo Marshall – Gustafsson Bourdon – Lauridsen Manning – Jancevski Bobrovsky Leighton Backlund Q: Are you crazy? What’s up with that fourth line? Where’s player X? I love player X! A: This is just a premature, quick and dirty concept to illustrate the newfound depth in the organization. I’m not actually advocating these should be the lines or the roster at this point. Step back from the edge. Everything will be …

Sean Couturier it is

With the 8th overall selection, the Philadelphia Flyers picked Sean Couturier of the Drummondville Voltigeurs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. The 18-year-old center was named the QMJHL’s Most Valuable Player after finishing 4th overall with 96 points (36G, 60A). He was also the only 2011 draft- eligible player to make team Canada’s silver medal winning World Junior squad to become the youngest member of the team. Couturier was ranked the 3rd best player by the International Scouting Service, the 5th best player by TSN’s Bob McKenzie, ESPN.com’s Gare Joyce, and the 6th best skater by the NHL’s Central …

Prospect Profiles: Ben Holmstrom

Photo courtesy of theahl.com Position: Center Shoots: Right Height: 6.1″ Weight: 180 Birthdate: April 9, 1987 Age: 24 Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colorado Acquired: Signed as free agent (3-17-10) Ben Holmstrom spent his junior years playing for the Sioux Falls Stampede of the United States Hockey League from 2003-2006. He tallied 14 goals and 18 assists in 126 games over three years with the Stampede. In his final season with te Stampede, he captained them to their first ever championship and to a franchise best record of 43-13-4. Holmstrom headed to the NCAA to play for the University of Massachusetts Lowell …

Prospect Profiles: Shane Harper

Photo courtesy of theahl.com Position: Right Wing Shoots: Right Height: 5.11″ Weight: 193 Birthdate: February 1, 1989 Age: 22 Hometown: Valencia, California Acquired: Signed as free agent (3-04-10) “Shane’s obviously got some gifts. He’s a very talented kid with the puck and an exceptional skater. He also has the ability to beat people one-on-one, and he has the touch around the net. Those are the things when you get a young athlete that you cannot make them better at. You either have that or you don’t.” – Flyers scout Mark Greig “He’s a talented kid. He’s got a nose for …