As the news was released about Sean Couturier being on the injury list for four weeks due to a lower-body injury, a collective sigh could be heard all across Philadelphia. A talented forward was down, almost necessary for the Flyers to have success, was down.
How do you replace a player who seems irreplaceable? Enter center Nick Cousins, who was called from the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
Cousins is having an excellent season with the Phantoms. He is tied sixth with 12 goals, 26 assists totaling 38 points. Cousins is also tied for the team lead in game-winning goals with four and second in power play points with 13. Cousins was also selected to play in last week's AHL All-Star Game.
With only 17 NHL games under his belt, it's a herculean task for the rookie center, who has been thrown into the fire being asked to fill some big skates for a team still in the hunt for a playoff spot.