At the 2021, the Detroit Red Wings moved up in the NHL draft to take a goalie. The two highest rated goalies were Swede Jesper Wallstedt and Western Hockey League standout Sebastian Cossa.
The Red Wings opted for Cossa. The Minnesota Wild claimed Wallstedt with the 20th pick.
This morning, Cossa is in the ECHL with a 2.91 goals-against average and .895 save percentage for the Toledo. Meanwhile, Wallstedt is an American Hockey League All-Star. He was named to play in the game after posting a 2.87 GAA and .906 save percentage for the Iowa Wild.
What does all of this mean for the long run? Probably not much. It is an impressive accomplishment for Wallstedt. He’s off to a good North American start. Cossa and Wallstedt are barely 20. Wallstedt has played 18 games with Iowa. Cossa has 25 games between Grand Rapids and Toledo. It’s too early to speculate about what kind of pro careers these netminders will have. Goalie development is a lengthy process. Goalies develop at different rates, and often have ups and downs before they arrive in the NHL.
It will likely be a few years before we know whether the Red Wings made the right decision.
— Spoked Z (@SpokedZ) January 8, 2023
Red Wings In Case You Missed It
Statistics aren’t telling the truth about how well Moritz Seider has played this season for the Red Wings.
Tyler Bertuzzi showed some rust in his first game back in Detroit’s lineup on Tuesday.
The Red Wings undoubtedly will have a large contingent of scouts at Monday’s Biosteel All-American game at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth on Monday at 4 p.m. The game will feature the best USA-born candidates for the 2023 NHL draft.
Red Wings’ Next Game
The Red Wings (17-15-7) are home tonight to play the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Maple Leafs own the NHL’s second-best record after beating the Nashville Predators 2-1 last night on a late Mitch Marner goal. Toronto (26-9-7) is 7-2-1 in its last 10 games.
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