Flyers prospect Nick Cousins (C) — certainly leading the OHL in scoring with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds — was charged (along with two teammates) with sexual assualt last August. The Philadelphia Daily News’ Frank Seravalli details the alleged offense thusly, “Cousins and two teammates were arrested on Aug. 25 for having sexual intercourse with an unnamed woman, known to the players, against her will. Prosecutors have not dropped the charges, which are still pending in court. Cousins attended counseling before being reinstated by the Greyhounds.” So with that recent incident firmly in mind, Servavalli quizzed Flyers director of player development Ian Laperriere (above) about Cousins’ progress in the months since.
“At the pro level, teams expect you to be an adult and act like one,” Laperriere said. “He’s got a good heart . . . Let’s be honest, stuff like that has been happening forever. You can’t get away with anything now. He can’t put himself in those situations.
“He’s been in trouble with this stuff, but hopefully that’s all going to go away. Part of my job is telling him that he needs to learn from that. You need to be careful what you’re doing. All of our prospects need to learn from his situation.”