Nick Cousins eventually played his way into a third-line center role for the Philadelphia Flyers in the spring. A restricted free agent, he’ll be back for the 2016-17 season after re-signing with a one-year, two-way deal on Thursday.
As per General Fanager, his contract for next season carries a cap hit of $937,125, after he accepted the club’s qualifying offer.
Philadelphia’s third-round pick in 2011, Cousins was recalled to the Flyers, a team in need of an offensive spark, in late-November and again in February, when he essentially became a regular in the lineup. He ended the regular season with 36 games played with the big club, with six goals and 11 points.
Averaging a point per game in the minors this past season, before his February recall to Philly, Cousins had strong puck possession numbers at even strength with the Flyers, with a 53.1 per cent Corsi For rating in almost 365 minutes at five-on-five.
He also had the second-lowest goals-against per 60 minutes rating (1.32) for the Flyers, as per stats.hockeyanalysis.com.