On the surface, an NHL first-round pick playing in the ECHL might not appear to br a good thing, but in the case of Detroit Red Wings goalie prospect Sebastian Cossa, it’s proving to be among the wisest decisions made by the team this season.
Selected 15th overall in the 2021 NHL entry draft, Cossa has been playing almost exclusively with the ECHL Toledo Walleye this season, his rookie pro campaign. And he just keeps getting better.
Cossa is fifth in the ECHL in goals-against average (2.44). He’s tied for second in wins (24) and third in games (41) and minutes played (2383.
— Toledo Walleye (@ToledoWalleye) March 26, 2023
“It’s excellent,” Red Wings coach Derek Lalonde said of Cossa’s success rate. “It’s not an accident that a ton, most percentage of goalies in the NHL have spent time, even some significant time in the ECHL.”
Dealing with life in the second tier of minor-pro hockey can come to be a blessing in disguise for a young netminder.
“Sometimes that game is a little more chaotic,” Lalonde said. “You’re dealing with rotating rosters. Sometimes you’re stuck on an overnight and you’re playing with a depleted lineup. Sometimes it’s a less organized game and the goalies down there actually are looking at tougher chances, percentages than they do at every level.
“If he’s doing it over that period of time, no matter what the circumstance is, I think that speaks pretty well of how he’s playing. This is the vision the management team had for him and it’s going exactly to the script.”
Red Wings In Case You Missed It
- Detroit has signed top forward prospect Carter Mazur to an entry-level deal and he is reporting to the AHL Grand Rapids Griffins
- With each loss, the Red Wings are improving their chances in the NHL Draft Lottery
- David Perron scored a hat-trick as Detroit was downing Pittsburgh
- Detroit coach Derek Lalonde ejected from game against Penguins
- Red Wings impressing captain Dylan Larkin with their resiliency
Red Wings Next Game
Detroit plays host to the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday at Little Caesars Arena (7 p.m. ET). The last two games between these two teams havs seen the visitors win by shutout. The Hurricanes were 1-0 winners on Dec. 13. Detroit won 3-0 last April behind an Alex Nedeljkovic shutout.
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