Sebastian Cossa, Detroit Red Wings prospect

Red Wings Goalie of the Future Cossa in the Memorial Cup

Sebastian Cossa continues to check all of the boxes necessary to be the Detroit Red Wings goalie of the future.

Cossa made 27 saves Monday to lead the Edmonton Oil Kings to a 2-0 series-clinching win against the Seattle Thunderbirds. The win gives the Oil Kings the Western Hockey League Championship series and a berth in the Memorial Cup. It was Cossa’s second shutdown of the series and fifth of the postseason.

The Oil Kings face Quebec Major Junior Hockey League champion Shawinigan next Tuesday in Saint John, New Brunswick. The Saint John Sea Dogs are in the tournament as the host team. The fourth team is the Ontario Hockey League champion. A Wednesday Game 7 will decide The OHL championship series between the Windsor Spitfires and Hamilton Bulldogs. Windsor center Pasquale Zito was selected 166th overall by the Red Wings in the 2021 draft.

The Memorial Cup has a round-robin format, followed by a tiebreaker, semifinal and final.

Cossa’s progress pleases the Red Wings. In the postseason, he is 16-3 with a 1.93 goals-against average and .919 save percentage. Counting regular-season and playoffs, Cossa has won 79% of the games he has played during his WHL career. He has 19 losses in regulation and seven in overtime in 110 appearances.

No. 2 Prospect

In Detroit Hockey Now’s recent Red Wings Prospect ratings, Cossa is tied with Jonatan Berggren as the team’s No. 2 prospect. Defenseman Simon Edvinsson is No. 1.

Cossa, 19, is already under contract with Detroit. GM Steve Yzerman hasn’t said where Cossa will play next season. Grand Rapids is the likely destination. The Red Wings could re-sign Calvin Pickard to play in Grand Rapids. Or, they will sign another veteran minor leaguer. They also will have to replace Thomas Greiss in Detroit. He is an unrestricted free agent.

Last summer, Cossa was drafted 15th overall, five picks ahead of Jesper Wallstedt. Swedish player Wallstedt, a Minnesota Wild prospect, is coming to North America next season. He likely will play in the AHL. Cossa, Wallstedt and Nashville’s Yaroslov Askarov are among the NHL’s top young goalie prospects.

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