Monday, February 24, 2020

NHL Trade Review: Golden Knights acquire Cousins

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       The Vegas Golden Knights have acquired forward Nick Cousins from the Montreal Canadiens for a 2021 4th round draft pick.

       Cousins is a solid bottom six player. He can play center and wing, is on a cheap contract, and will score 10 goals this year. He signed with the Canadiens in the offseason, didn't have a bad year, and now they get value for him as a rental player. If Cousins scores again this year, he will score double-digit goals for the second time in his career. The Canadiens have given Cousins some power play time, but he does not kill penalties. Cousins has averaged one minute and 39 seconds a game on the power play. He is a cheap add for the Golden Knights to improve their forward core. At best you a 4th rounder will be a Cousins type player.

        Cousins, 26, has scored nine goals with 13 assists for 22 points in 58 games for the Canadiens this year. In his NHL career for the Canadiens, Philadelphia Flyers and Arizona Coyotes, Cousins has scored 40 goals with 55 assists for 95 points in 317 games.

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