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The Daily: Cossa Piling Up Shutouts; Mastrosimone Heads to ASU



Sebastian Cossa, Detroit Red Wings prospect
Sebastian Cossa is off to a 6-0 start in the Western Hockey League Playoffs.

Sebastian Cossa continues to perform like the hottest goalie in junior hockey. The Detroit Red Wings’ 2020 first round pick helped his Edmonton Oil Kings defeat the Red Deer Rebels 5-0 for his second consecutive shutout and third of the postseason. Cossa made 26 saves in the contest.

Cossa, 19, owns an active shutout streak of 1:24:43. He is currently 6-0 in the playoffs with a 1.00 goals against average and .957 save percentage.

Presumably, Cossa would be headed to the Grand Rapids Griffins next season for his American Hockey League apprenticeship.

Red Wings prospect Victor Brattstrom (drafted 16th in 2018) was in Grand Rapids this season, along with Calvin Pickard who is an unrestricted free agent. It’s unknown whether the Red Wings would bring Brattstrom back to Grand Rapids or re-sign Pickard or another veteran goalie. Brattstrom, 25, struggled at times this season.

Goalie Picture Unclear

The Red Wings also have Czech goalie Jan Bednar, drafted 107th in 2020, in the system  He had a decent season (2.72 GAA, .912 save percentage) for Acadie-Bathurst in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

“I think Victor’s first couple of games were shaky to say the least,” Griffins coach Ben Simon said. “He knew that. I think he learned over the course of the season, in practice, in games in certain situations how to battle more, how to fight through traffic to make that extra effort for that second save, that tertiary save, to really compete on a daily basis. As he grew, as the games went on, he slowly matured his game, and was way more consistent with that.”

When Pickard was injured down the stretch, Brattstrom stepped up.

“He did a really good job,” Simon said. “I don’t think he’s ever played three games in three nights in three different cities like he did. And a few times he was doing it sick. A lot of people don’t know that. I thought he learned how to battle a lot harder physically and battle a lot harder mentally as the year went on.”

Red Wings Prospect Report

Robert Mastrosimone, formerly of Boston University, announced that he transferred to Arizona State University. The Red Wings drafted him 54th in 2019. As a junior, Mastrosimone netted 11 goals with 25 points in 34 games. He talked in detail about leaving BU to Patrick Donnelly at WTBU.


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