When it comes to development of junior-age prospects, an NHL general manager’s only hope is that his player gets meaningful games against quality opponents. That’s exactly what’s happening with Detroit’s 2021 first-round pick Sebastian Cossa as he plays Game 2 today (6 pm ET) of the Western Hockey League Championship series for the Edmonton Oil Kings against the Seattle Thunderbirds.
The Oil Kings lost the opening game of the best-of-seven series 2-1 on Friday. The star of that game was a goaltender, just not Cossa. Seattle’s Thomas Milic made 43 saves to lead the Thunderbirds. The Oil Kings just couldn’t push the puck past Milic. It wasn’t a pretty game.
Cossa is 12-2 in the WHL postseason with a 1.97 goals-against average and a .909 save percentage. The Red Wings are rooting hard for the Oil Kings because the winner of the WHL championship advances to the Memorial Cup. That would mean more meaningful games for Cossa. Even though the Red Wings are not expecting the 6-foot-6 Cossa in Detroit anytime soon, they would still like to expedite his development. He is expected to play in Detroit’s American Hockey League affiliate in Grand Rapids next season.
2022 WHL Championship Series
Game 1 – Friday, June 3 at Edmonton (Rogers Place – 7 p.m. MT)
Game 2 – Sunday, June 5 at Edmonton (Rogers Place – 4 p.m. MT) pic.twitter.com/n29MMI3PTT
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