Nick Cousins
Nick Cousins
26-Year-Old CenterC
Montreal Canadiens
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Cousins took a step forward with seven goals and 27 points in 81 games last year with the Coyotes, adding 115 hits and 144 shots on goal. The career year on offense wasn't enough for the Coyotes to resign him, however, and he latched on with the Canadiens on a one-year deal. The 26-year-old projects as a physical, bottom-six center who hasn't shown much in the way of offense. He'll likely have a battle for playing time on his hands with Matthew Peca and Philip Varone challenging for fourth-line roles, as well. Cousins shot only 4.9 percent last year, which should increase, but a drop in helpers should see him land around 20 points again. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Canadiens in July 2019.
Nabs first power-play point
CMontreal Canadiens
November 10, 2019
Cousins had a power-play assist, one shot on goal, one hit, one blocked shot and a minor penalty in Saturday's 3-2 win over the Kings.
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Despite his fourth-line status, Cousins continues to be a steady contributor on offense. He was part of the first-unit power play Saturday, picking up his first point on that special team, and has points in seven of 11 games played.
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2019–20 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    13:27
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    2:30
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:01
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2017–18
12:52
0:19
0:02
2018–19
13:33
0:52
0:01
2019–20
13:27
2:30
0:01
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Cousins parted ways with the Flyers and secured a two-year standard contract with the Coyotes in July 2017. Acting the part of a pest, he'd finish with 117 hits, 39 blocked shots and 31 PIM over 71 games last season. His offensive contributions -- including 12 goals and 19 points -- look vanilla from a fantasy hockey standpoint, though Cousins gets a free pass since he started roughly 60 percent of his even-strength shifts in the defensive zone after mainly being situated in the attacking area during his three-year tenure with Philadelphia. If that trend continues, there won't be enough chances for him to make a tangible impact in either DFS or season-long settings.
Dealt by the Flyers to Arizona over the summer, Cousins will look for a fresh start with his new franchise, and it merits mentioning that he’s only 24 years old with a sterling track record in the AHL that includes point-per-game production over 38 contests only two years ago. However, he never found a steady role in Philadelphia, managing just 26 points in 107 games over three seasons while mostly playing fourth-line minutes. Unfortunately, he's again set to face an uphill climb for ice time, as the Coyotes have decent depth at center.
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.
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Moves to top line
CMontreal Canadiens
November 8, 2019
Cousins had an assist, two shots on goal and two hits in Thursday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Flyers.
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On scoresheet versus former team
CMontreal Canadiens
October 30, 2019
Cousins scored a goal in Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Coyotes.
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Snares another point
CMontreal Canadiens
October 27, 2019
Cousins had an assist and one hit in Saturday's 5-2 win over Toronto.
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Pots first as Hab
CMontreal Canadiens
October 25, 2019
Cousins scored a goal on a team-high six shots over 13:20 of ice time in Thursday's 4-2 loss to San Jose.
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Fills in for Armia
CMontreal Canadiens
October 23, 2019
Cousins skated on the third line, replacing the injured Joel Armia (lower body), during Tuesday's practice, Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette reports.
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