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Cossa Recalled as Griffins Resume Road Trip

Cossa returning to AHL Griffins from ECHL Toledo Walleye

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Sebastian Cossa is rejoining the Grand Rapids Griffins

Sebastian Cossa is back in Grand Rapids and the Griffins are about to get back on the road.

Packing for a weekend jouney to Austin to face the Texas Stars, the AHL Grand Rapids Griffins are recalling goalie Sebastian Cossa, as Detroit Hockey Now was originally projecting they would.

The 15th overall selection of the 2021 NHL entry draft by the Detroit Red Wings, Sebastian Cossa is rejoining their top farm club from the ECHL Toledo Walleye. His recall was necessitated after goaltender Victor Brattstrom was leaving Grand Rapids’ Sunday victory over the Toronto Marlies due to injury.

Cossa Perfect As Pro

Cossa already played one game for the Griffins. He was the winner as Grand Rapids beat the Milwaukee Admirals 3-2 on Oct. 19. That was Cossa’s first win as a pro.

Cossa appeared in two games last weekend with the Walleye and racked up two wins to go along with a 2.50 goals against average and a .904 save percentage. Through his first three professional games, Cossa is 3-0-0 with a 2.33 GAA and a .906 save percentage.

On The Road Again

Grand Rapids is two games into an eight-game road trip. They are playing games Saturday and Sunday in Texas. The Griffins opened this long road swing by splitting two games last weekend at Toronto against the Marlies.

Games at Iowa, Rockford and Cleveland are also yet to come along this arduous sojourn. The eight-game journey is the longest in franchise history during the first two months of a season. It’s beating out a five-game trip in November of 2017.

Rookie Watch

The Red Wings were loading up the Griffins with Detroit prospects this season and the early returns are promising.

Rookie defenseman Simon Edvinsson, and forwards Cross Hanas and Kirill Tyutyayev are all tied for sixth in the AHL among rookies with four points. Hanas is also tied for fourth among rookies with three goals in five games. With 2-2-4 totals, Tyutyayev has already exceeded the three points he was accumulating in nine games during an injury-plagued season.

Red Wings Similarities

There’s been an abundance of hope and promise on display early on during the Red Wings season, and the same came be said about the Griffins. Grand Rapids is off to a 3-2 start. Last season, the Griffins were stumbling from the gate 1-3-0-1. Like the Red Wings, the Griffins wound up missing the playoffs.

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Again similar to their parent club, the Griffins are drawing plenty of production from new players coming into the lineup.

Free-agent forwards Pontus Andreasson, Austin Czarnik, Cedric Lacroix, Joel L’Esperance and Matt Luff, and defenseman Steven Kampfer were all offseason signings. Each has accumulated one point already this season. Luff and Czarnik share the Grand Rapids scoring lead with seven points apiece.

New players on the team, including rookies, have accounted for 30 of the 51 points by Grand Rapids so far this campaign.

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