2008-09: Nick Cousins was chosen in the second round, 21st overall, of the 2009 OHL Priority Selection by the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Cousins played in 5 games for the Trenton Hercs of the OJHL, picking up 1 assist in those games.
2009-10: In his OHL rookie season, Cousins played in 67 games for the Greyhounds. He scored 11 goals and added 21 assists for 32 points. In 5 playoff games, he picked up 1 assist.
2010-11: In 68 games for the Greyhounds, Cousins scored 29 goals and added 39 assists for 68 points. Cousins played for Canada at the 2011 U-18 World Junior Championship, scoring 4 goals and adding 4 assists for 8 points in 7 games.
2011-12: Cousins returned to Sault Ste. Marie for his third junior season with the Greyhounds and made his pro debut at the end of the year, playing for Flyers' AHL affiliate Adirondack. He was scoreless with no penalties in his only game with the Phantoms. Cousins was the leading scorer for the Greyhounds, finishing with 35 goals and 53 assists in 65 games and was plus-one with 88 penalty minutes. The Greyhounds came up just short in their quest for an OHL playoff spot; finishing one point behind Windsor.
2012-13: Cousins ended the year with Philadelphia's AHL affiliate in Adirondack after finishing third in the OHL in scoring in his fourth season of junior hockey. He had 1 assist and was -1 with 2 penalty minutes in seven games with the Phantoms. Adirondack missed the playoffs after finishing last in the Northeast Division. Cousins scored 27 goals and was second in the OHL with 76 assists in 64 games with Sault Ste. Marie and was +19 with 83 penalty minutes. The Greyhounds were second in the West Division and lost to Owen Sound in a first round playoff series. Cousins scored 3 goals with 3 assists and was -2 with 12 penalty minutes in six playoff games.
Cousins plays with a combination of toughness and scoring ability that is similar to current Flyer Scott Hartnell, though he does not possess Hartnell's size. The strength of his game is his two-way play and competitiveness all over the ice; at the same time he did lead his junior team with 29 goals. The best parts of his offensive game are his passing and playmaking skills and a willingness to go to high traffic areas to create opportunities.
Cousins has begun his pro career, beginning the 2013-14 season with Adirondack. While it will take him two or three years to add the strength and bulk to compete at the NHL level on a nightly basis, Cousins should fit in well as a second- or third-line center with Philadelphia.