If Nick Cousins gets the opportunity to play in training camp then he has to be one of the favorites to make the team.
Unfortunately, that's a big "if" after his recent arrest.
Cousins was arrested and charged with sexual assault, leaving people to wonder about how the Flyers will manage the situation.
He hasn't been convicted or punished by the team, but it still has to be seen as a major setback for a player that could one day be seen as a fan favorite.
His aggressive and physical play is exactly what Philadelphia fans love to see. The fact that he can score at a high level is the icing on the cake.
Flyers Inside Reporter, Anthony SanFilippo, had this to say about how he'll be received by both the fans and the media:
"The Flyers faithful will love his spunk and spirit, and call for him to make the team as that loveable louse. The media will gush all over about him, clamoring for him to make the team as the needed salt to rub in to the opponent’s wounds."
You hate to see a young player with so much potential getting caught up in legal issues. It doesn't serve any purpose other than to delay his progression.
If he finds himself clear of the charges and clear of the distraction that it's sure to provide, then maybe he'll be able to make the squad. He certainly has the ability to.