Detroit Red Wings goalie of the future Sebastian Cossa posted an 18-save shutout to pace the Edmonton Oil Kings to a 4-0 triumph against the Red Deer Rebels in the opening game of their Western Hockey League playoff series.
It was Cossa’s second shutout of this postseason. He is 4-0 in the playoffs with a 1.20 goals-against average and .942 save percentage.
The Red Wings drafted him 15th overall in the 2021 draft. Detroit general manager Steve Yzerman reconfirmed recently he won’t rush Cossa.
“He’s had a pretty good year,” Yzerman said earlier this week. “Is he ready to play in the NHL next year? I would say today I’d have to say no. I think he’s a ways away. To manage the expectation of him, he’s on a very good team in Edmonton in the western league. I’m following their playoffs closely, for the most part he’s had a pretty good year. He’s had a pretty good start to the playoffs. Selfishly, I’m hoping his team goes very far, that would be great for him, great experience for him.”
The best guess on Cossa would be that he ends up playing in Grand Rapids next season. It’s common for young goalies to spend two seasons or longer in the American Hockey League.
“Where he plays next year, we won’t determine that until the offseason,” Yzerman said. “I don’t expect to see him at the NHL level next year at all. To what extent when, I really have no idea at this point. He’s a good young prospect, that’s a tough position, as we all know. Not that I want to rush anybody, I’m definitely not going to rush a goaltender.”
18 save shutout for Cossa last night, his 2nd shutout and 4th game allowing 1 or fewer goals through 5 playoff games.
— Beer League Chump (@YzermanSZN) May 6, 2022
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