Detroit Red Wings: 5 prospects that fans should be most excited about

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Detroit Red Wings, Sebastian Cossa
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Goaltender Sebastian Cossa

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In the 2021 NHL Entry Draft, the Detroit Red Wings opted to continue further addressing the team’s goaltending situation.

In the first round, where the team had two draft picks due to a blockbuster trade deadline deal, they opted to use their second pick to move up.

They traded up with the Dallas Stars to select netminder Sebastian Cossa. He’s a 6-foot-6 and 212-pound netminder who catches left.

Based on a recommendation from Chris Osgood, it appeared to be the breaking point for Yzerman to pull the trigger on a deal.

Osgood spoke to Cossa on the phone and talked about being a netminder in the NHL. Apparently, Osgood spoke very highly of Cossa, and given his make-up, the Red Wings chose to be sold.

In 2020-21, Cossa played for the Edmonton Oil Kings of the WHL. He played to a 17-1-1 record with a 1.57 goals-against average and .941 save-percentage while managing four shutouts. He’s got plenty of upside, and the hope is he can develop into a solid netminder for the team.

While they made a move for Alex Nedeljkovic, who will be here for the next two seasons, Cossa may be a longer-term solution. Time will tell with Cossa, but the Red Wings need a netminder of the future, and the hope is that Cossa can be in the mix to be that guy.

Yzerman drafted Andrei Vasilevskiy when he was with the Tampa Bay Lightning, and he has become, by far, one of the best netminders across the NHL. If Cossa is able to mirror that success and become one of the better netminders in the NHL, Yzerman truly is going to look like a genius.

Next. Just like that the Detroit Red Wings has its goaltending situation handled. dark

The Detroit Red Wings traded up for Cossa, and he is going to be one heck of a netminder to keep eyes on in the coming seasons.