ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Without a pick in the second round to start Saturday’s action at the NHL Entry Draft, the Flyers had an early pick in the third round courtesy of Columbus and their deal on Thursday for Jeff Carter.
Here’s the scoop on how the Flyers spent their five picks on Saturday:
Round: 3 (68th overall)
Age: 17 (Jul. 20, 1993)
Weight: 170 pounds
Hometown: Belleville, Ontario, Canada
The scoop: Cousins is a smallish but scrappy forward who really developed into a solid scorer in the OHL with Sault Ste. Marie last season, jumping from 32 points in 2009-10 to 68 last season in the same amount of games.
Outlook: Not even 18 years old yet, Cousins will spend at least another year or two in the OHL, could turn out to be a Mark Recchi-type player.
The kid says: “I’m thrilled to be part of the Flyers organization,” Cousins said. “I think I bring a lot of grit to my game as well, which suits their game. But I think I have some skill, too. I think I have a playmaking ability and an offensive upside that not many people may have. I think it’s a good fit. I just can’t way to get started.”
Round: 4 (116th overall)
Age: 18 (June 10, 1993)
Weight: 190 pounds
Hometown: Plantation, Florida
The scoop: Suellentrop is a bruiser of a defenseman. His numbers - 14 points last year with the Oshawa Generals (OHL) - may not jump off the page but they don't tell the whole story with this stay-at-home defenseman.
Outlook: Suellentrop has some work to do but could turn out to be a solid defenseman in the mold of New Jersey's Colin White.
They say: "Definitely a prospect who made great strides this year, after being thrust into a larger role on an improving team. He's a stay at home type defender with good size at 6'2, 190lbs (probably fills out into the 210lbs range as a pro), but he's also fairly mobile. That mobility on the back end is definitely something NHL scouts look for in physical, stay at home types. While Suellentrop certainly profiles as a physical, shut down type, he will need to become a bit meaner and use his size in front of the net. He also will need to improve his positional defense, as at times he can get caught flat footed by forwards attacking off the rush. But on the plus side, his offensive game started to make strides later in the year and he even began to use that mobility by skating the puck out of his own zone, instead of making simple chip plays. He'll likely have to play on Oshawa's top pairing next year (because of graduations) so that makes him a likely breakout candidate given the improvements he made this year." -From the OHL Prospect Blog, which ranked him 50th among Top 50 OHL Prospects.
Note: Suellentrop was not at the Draft in Minnesota.