Detroit Red Wings prospect Sebastian Cossa isn’t exactly invoking the how to win friends gameplan at the Canadian world junior summer training camp in Calgary.
Netminder Cossa, who was the first goaltender taken in the 2021 NHL entry draft when the Red Wings selected him 15th overall, was talking up a storm during Monday’s workout, even chirping his own teammate Dylan Guenther after the latter hit the crossbar during a post-practice shootout attempt against Cossa.
“He really has no mercy…”
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“Right away,” Cossa admitted to TSN. “I let him know right away. Obviously a lot of bragging rights coming my way there.”
Afterwards, Guenther was left admitting to mixed emotions about taking a trash talking from his teammate.
“He chirps the other team, the other goalie and really has no mercy,” Guenther, Cossa’s WHL teammate with the Edmonton Oil Kings, told TSN. “It’s good that he is confident, but it definitely gets on some nerves when he’s chirping in practice.”
Always Getting A Word In
Cossa proudly acknowledges that he’s a world class trash talker, always ready, willling and able to add his two cents to any situation.
“I’m not afraid to throw a chrip around and I definitely stand my own ground,” Cossa said following his selection by the Wings. “I don’t get bullied out there for sure.”
He even took a bit of a swipe at current Wings goalie Alex Nedeljkovic, recenly inked to a two-year contract by Detroit.
“I want to be a top goalie in this league,” Cossa said. “Whoever they sign today, in a couple years down the road, I don’t think it’ll matter.”
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Cossa even chirped NHL scouts who’d projected Swedish netminder Jesper Wallstedt and not Cossa to be the first goalie to come off the board during the 2021 draft.
“The confidence I have in my game, I think I’m going to be the best goalie in the draft,” Cossa proclaimed. “I think I got picked where I should be.”
Cossa Questions Wings
Even Wings GM Steve Yzerman admitted Cossa’s bravado caught him a bit off guard when they interviewed the netminder prior to the draft. During their conversations, Cossa questioned the Wings as to why he should want to play for them.
“We talked to him quite a bit,” Yzerman said. “He is confident. He speaks well. We enjoyed meeting him. But mostly we like the fact that he looks like he can stop the puck.”