Friday, February 01, 2013

Flyers prospect Cousins named OHL's best for January

Scarborough, ON -- Nick Cousins, a forward who plays for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League, was named Player of the Month in the Canadian junior division for the month of January.

The former third-round pick of the Flyers in 2011 finished the first month of 2013 tied for the league lead in scoring with 20 points in 11 games -- including three goals with a league-high 17 assists and a plus-9 rating.

He collected points in nine contests which included eight multi-point games to help the Soo pick up seven wins last month.  Three of those wins were recorded when Cousins picked up three assists including back-to-back games January 12 in a 3-1 win over the Mississauga Steelheads, and the following day in a 4-2 win over the London Knights.

The 19-year-old left-hander also picked up three helpers when the Greyhounds closed out the month with a 6-4 victory over the Oshawa Generals.

It's been a decent return to hockey for the Ontario native, who was arraigned in late August on suspicion of sexual assault along with three teammates. Cousins has lit up the OHL, striking for 19 goals, a league-high 57 assists and places second with 76 points in only 49 games as the 'Hounds hold third place in the Western Conference's West Division with a 26-19-4 record.

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