Red Wings trade up to grab Sebastian Cossa 15th overall

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The Detroit Red Wings drafted towering goaltender Sebastian Cossa with the 15th overall pick in the 2021 NHL Draft.

Detroit moved up to select the goalie, trading the 23rd overall pick as well as the 48th and 138th selections to the Dallas Stars.

Sebastian Cossa

Position: Goaltender
Height: 6-foot-6
Weight: 212 lbs
Age: 18
Club: Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)
Nationality: Canadian

GP Record SV% GAA
19 17-1-1 .941 1.57

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Cossa was Central Scouting's top-ranked North American goalie, and for good reason. The 18-year-old has posted dominant numbers in the WHL the past two seasons, and his blend of size and technical skill make him a can't-miss prospect - even though drafting netminders in the first round has become less frequent in recent years.

The young backstop's likely a few years away from making an impact in the pros, but with the right development, Cossa could be the next big thing - literally - in the NHL's goaltending landscape.

What they're saying

"His athletic toolkit is very intriguing as a 6-foot-6 goalie who can move very well for that size," said The Athletic's Corey Pronman in his final prospect rankings.

"He covers a lot of net with his length. He has some quick twitch in his frame in how he moves around the net and gets in and out of his butterfly. Cossa’s reads are typically great. He loses track of some pucks and can be a bit busy in the net but usually anticipates the play very well. I love his selective aggressiveness with his positioning, and how he takes away angles with his size as well as how well he uses his stick to break up a lot of plays."


Red Wings trade up to grab Sebastian Cossa 15th overall
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