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Red Wings Daily: Sebastian Cossa and the Memorial Cup Kickoff

Top Prospect Cossa plays Tuesday, but the Memorial Cup begins tonight

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Sebastian Cossa, Detroit Red Wings prospect

One of the Detroit Red Wings’ most watched prospects will have a day to wait until his Edmonton Oil Kings are squarely in the Memorial Cup spotlight. Netminder Sebastian Cossa is set to go between the pipes tomorrow and Wednesday, which will give Edmonton a good idea of where it stands. The Memorial Cup begins tonight with a tilt between Hamilton and St. John.

Cossa has been outstanding, guiding the Oil Kings to the Western Hockey League Championship while posting five shutouts. The Red Wings 15th overall pick in the 2021 NHL draft has been what fans and the front office could hope for: dominant.

Of course, the feat in the WHL playoffs becomes more impressive should Cossa exert similar dominance against the best of the OHL and QMJHL.

The Red Wings Picked Between Two Great Goalie Prospects

Of course there was considerable debate as to whether Detroit got it right taking Cossa over the other big name goaltending prospect, Jesper Wallstedt. If there was a poll at the time for Red Wings fans and who they would take, there’s a chance it would be a 50-50 split.

Wallstedt was taken five spots after Cossa by Minnesota and spent his season in the SHL. In 22 games, the netminder posted a 12-10 mark with a 1.98 GAA, and a save percentage of .918. Wallstedt was inked to an entry-level deal in May, and so begins what will likely be a comparison should both goalies follow similar paths to the NHL.

Cossa’s performance in the Memorial Cup will be another mark in the likely Wallstedt-Cossa debate. Any draft or prospect analyst will be the first to say that determining the trajectory of a goaltender is challenging. Jack Campbell seemed a sure bet and it wasn’t until as recently as last season that he put it together.

Carter Hart looked like a future Vezina winner and then he endured his share of struggles.

Yzerman himself preaches patience and did as such when talking about Cossa. The Memorial Cup will provide more experience for the young Detroit prospect and should Edmonton win it all, it will be another source of hope for the rebuilding Red Wings.

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Gordon Cheswick

Another HUGE decision for SY if the Oil Kings win the Memorial Cup! Already, Cossa has had a great season – and even better playoff – and the kid has no nerves! DRW fans can only hope that he matures and has a 20 years career with Detroit. We need another Sawchuck in our lives

Tom Rady

Gordon, I do not think Steve’s decision is any different than it was before the junior playoffs. Junior performance is great but pro hockey is completely different. It will be a huge jump to professional hockey and the American Hockey League which is where Cossa will be next year. Remember he is playing against kids now, half of which will not even play professional hockey. Only the best of them will play pro. Only the best of that group will make the NHL.

Next year he will be playing against grown men, 28-35 yrs old, many of them with NHL experience. There is a reasonable chance he will have some struggles. Its normal to have them, its what he learns and how he responds to that is what matters. I am not saying he is not an outstanding prospect. He is. It just does not happen overnight. He will be fine but it will take time. Stevie Y has said that more than once. I hope to see some Griffins games and watch some others online. They will pair Cossa with a veteran goalie, probably that Finnish guy. It will be fun to see his maturation process. Miracles do happen but I would wager he is at least two years from the NHL. It will be interesting to see and watch. Thanks for the discussion Gordon.

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