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2021 NHL Draft Profile: Sebastian Cossa

One of the top goalies in the draft, the team that selects Sebastian Cossa is getting a future NHL starter with incredible size and athleticism.

BORN Nov. 21, 2002, Hamilton, Ont.

2020-21 Edmonton POS G



Many scouts expect Cossa to be the first North American goalie taken in this year’s draft. And when he does get picked, there’s a good chance he’ll tower over everyone on the stage. The first thing you notice about him is his size. “He’s a massive human being,” said one scout. While another added: “He’s not getting any smaller.”

And he has pretty massive potential as well. What scouts like about Cossa is that not only is he a big goaltender, he plays like one and uses his size to get into the minds of opposing shooters. One of the complaints about many of today’s goaltenders is they make themselves small by going down and playing deep in their net. Cossa is not that kind of goalie.

After posting good numbers in his rookie WHL season, Cossa reached another level this year. He plays on a very good Edmonton team, and that helped, but he also made the most of his opportunity. “He’s one of those guys that you come down on him and instead of seeing the holes, you see the body,” said a scout. “He’s just that big, and he really plays to his size. You have to beat him because he’s very structured and he doesn’t make problems for himself.”

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This excerpt is from The Hockey News' Draft Preview issue. Purchase a digital copy of the issue here or subscribe to The Hockey News here.


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