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Red Wings Pick Cossa Up For WHL Goalie Of Year, Off To Stingy Postseason Start

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Two games into the WHL playoffs, Red Wings prospect Sebastian Cossa is 2-0 with a 0.50 goals-against average and .980 save percentage.

Detroit Red Wings goaltending prospect Sebastian Cossa is performing like a brick wall for the Edmonton Oil Kings so far in the WHL playoffs. As the Oil Kings jumped out to a 2-0 series lead over the Lethbridge Hurricanes, Cossa allowed a solitary goal against.

Along with a 2-0 record and a stingy 0.50 goals-against average, Cossa is also displaying a scintillating .980 save percentage. So far, he’s parried 50 of 51 shots aimed his way.

He earned the game’s third star, blocking 25 of 26 shots in the series opener as Edmonton won 4-1. On Saturday in Game 2, Cossa completely closed the door, stopping all 25 shots as the Oil Kings were 4-0 winners. He was named second star of this game.

The series shifts locales to Lethbridge for Game 3 in the best-of-seven set on Tuesday.

Cossa WHL Goalie Of Year Finalist

The WHL was also announcing that Cossa is a finalist for the league’s Del Wilson Goaltender of the Year Award.

Cossa finished third among WHL goaltenders in wins (33), shutouts (six) and goals-against average (2.28) during the 2021-22 regular season. He suffered just nine regulation-time losses all season long.

The 19-year-old has a career 71-16-4-3 record in 98 regular season WHL games, all with Edmonton, to go along with a 2.12 goals-against average, .921 save percentage and 14 shutouts.

Expected To Turn Pro

Viewing him as their goaltender of the future, in the first round of the 2021 NHL entry draft Red Wings GM Steve Yzerman traded up with the Dallas Stars in order to acquire the 15th overall pick. That was the move that was enabling him to select Cossa.

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Already signed to an entry-level deal, it’s expected that Cossa will be playing for the AHL Grand Rapids Griffins next season. On Sunday, Detroit was signing the club’s other 2021 first-round pick, defenseman Simon Edvinsson. The sixth overall selection, Edvinsson agreed to terms on a three-year entry level pact.

Expectations are that Edvinsson could be ready to step directly into the Detroit lineup next season.

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MICHAEL C ZACK

LOOK AT HOW STEVE TURNED AROUND A PROBLEM SITUATION:; LAST YEAR NO GOALIE AND NO GOALIE PROSPECTS. HE PICKS UP NED FOR A 3RD RDER AND DRAFTS COSSA. PROBLEM SOLVED. ALL THE WHILE HE GETS LUCAS RAYMOND AS FIRST RD PICK AND WE WAIT FOR SEVERAL OTHERS IN THE PIPELINE. WHO WILL NBE IN DETROIT OR GRNAD RAPIDS NEXT YEAR. WHAT HUGE JUMP UP IN THE LEVEL OF THE FRANCHISE. PLEASE STEVE DO IT AGAIN.

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