Detroit Red Wings prospects Simon Edvinsson and Sebastian Cossa were both named to TSN analyst Craig Button’s list of Top 50 NHL-affiliated players.
Edvinsson, expected to play in Detroit next season, is listed at No. 3 and the 6-foot-6 Cossa ranks at No. 13. The only goalie ranked ahead of Cossa is Swedish standout Jesper Wallstedt, a Minnesota Wild draft pick, at No. 6. Wallstedt boasts a 1.98 goals-against average and .917 save percentage for Lulea in the Swedish Hockey League.
The only NHL team with higher positioning than Detroit on two prospects is the Buffalo Sabres.They have defenseman Owen Power at No. 1 and forward Jack Quinn at No. 8.
Sebastian Cossa, 19, is ranked ahead of Nashville’s prospect goalie Yaroslav Askarov who was a first-round pick in 2020.
Button, the former Calgary Flames general manager, said this about Cossa: “Prototypical mold of today’s NHL goalie. He’s somebody that’s developing really consistently, really steadily, at a high level. A lot of big goalies rely on their size and then as they move up levels, they struggle a bit. But he is not just a big goalie. He’s a goalie that uses his size effectively. He doesn’t open up. I have to believe that [Red Wings GM] Steve Yzerman looks at him and has to see Andrei Vasilevskiy in him.”
Noticeable absent from this year’s list: Detroit’s top forward prospect Jonatan Berggren who is the Grand Rapids Griffins leading scorer with 52 points in 63 games. Last year, Button ranked 75 NHL-affiliated prospects and Berggren was No. 53.
Posting a goal and an assist, Jonatan Berggren was earning the game’s No. 1 star Wednesday night following the Griffins’ 4-2 win against the Cleveland Monsters.
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