22-Year-Old Center – Philadelphia Flyers
Cousins was reassigned to AHL Lehigh Valley on Monday, Tony Androckitis of Hockey's Future reports.
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Entering his second full season in AHL Adirondack, Cousins looks to show Flyers' brass that he has the ability to make an impact in the NHL. With only 29 points in his rookie season in the AHL, he was less than impressive -- perhaps his size (5-11) may be holding him back from playing the same gritty game that was successful for him in junior. At 21, he's still building strength and maturing his game to be able to play among the best. He's probably at least a year away from being ready for significant time in the NHL and that's not taking into account the fact he's behind a number of individuals on the Flyer depth chart.
Cousins has improved in each of his three seasons in the OHL, finishing third in points (103) last season. He played well despite looming sexual assault charges, which were eventually dropped last April. The 20-year-old will likely spend this season polishing his skills in the AHL, but could be an interesting late-round pick in keeper leagues.
This 19-year-old playmaker saw his first AHL minutes last year in one contest with Adirondack, but Cousins posted no points in the game. Although he may have fantasy potential in the future, he won’t make a splash in the 2012-13 season. Cousins did produce in juniors, posting 88 points in 65 games during last season with Sault Ste. Marie of the OHL. Keep an eye on him.