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Top 25 under 25: Nick Cousins, the newest edition to the bottom 6 at #14

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Can the new guy bring some new life to the team?

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14- Nick Cousins- Center/Wing

Where Did He Come From? The Coyotes traded Brendan Warren and a 5th round pick to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for Cousins and goalie Merrick Madsen this past offseason.

Rank in last year’s 21 under 21? Did you miss the part where we traded for him this past offseason?

Has He Played in the NHL?: He has. Cousins has played 107 regular season games with the Flyers and 6 playoff games.

About Player:

Nick Cousins was drafted in the third round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft after having spent two seasons with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. He was a solid goal scorer in the OHL, finishing with over 20 goals in three of his four seasons, and in his final season, he finished with 103 points.

Cousins spent a few years in the AHL playing with the Adirondack Phantoms and the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, including one season where he scored 22 goals in the AHL during the 2014-15 season. During that season, he started splitting time with the Flyers, and in 2016 he spent his first full season in the NHL, playing a total of 60 games while scoring 6 goals and notching 10 assists.

After being traded to the Coyotes Broad Street Hockey described Cousins as:

[A]n occasional healthy scratch over the past two seasons, and who was a fine enough bottom-6 guy, but never really differentiated himself as anything special during his time here

What does the future hold for Cousins?:

At this point Cousins has pretty much established himself as a bottom-six forward, and will likely remain that for the foreseeable future. If he can consistently score some goals, get a few assists, and isn’t a defensive liability, he will likely find a place with an NHL team for the foreseeable future.