NHL Draft: Dylan Cozens

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Name: Dylan Cozens

Team: Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL)

Position: Center

Height/Weight: 6’3 183lbs

Hand: Right

NHL Draft Ranking: 10th

Western Prospects Ranking: 4th

Estimated Draft Position: Sixth Overall to Thirteenth Overall


 

Areas of Strength

  • Finishing Between the Dots
  • Explosiveness
  • Flexibility Puck Handling

Areas of Weakness

  • Awkward Mechanics
  • Struggles Internationally
  • Driving the Play

Report: The face of Yukon hockey, Dylan Cozens is trailblazing the way for hockey players up in Northern Canada. Cozens hockey journey may have started in Yukon but it really built its momentum when he join the Delta Hockey Academy in his bantam draft season. He was ultimately selected 19th overall by the Lethbridge Hurricanes at the end of that year and went on to lead the Yale Lions Midget Prep is scoring the season following. In his rookie WHL season, the Whitehorse native produced 53 points in 57 regular season games, taking home the WHL rookie of the year honours and skyrocketing his draft stock. Following that, Cozens won a gold medal at the Ivan Hlinka tournament in Edmonton and went on to produced 84 points this past season in Lethbridge. Cozens was recently named to the Hockey Canada World Junior invitational camp this summer and expectations are that he will make the world junior team next season.

Dylan Cozens is a dynamic offensive power scorer who blends his superior flexibility and size with explosive scoring abilities. Cozens is a technical skater with a powerful stride, his explosiveness translates to him having separating straight-line acceleration capable of burning defenders in any which direction. When it comes to the bread and butter of Cozens game, he’s an offence first player that is also in the right spots defensively. His plays is driven through instincts both with and without the puck on his stick, every adjustment he makes is based on reaction. A slick puck handler whose hands keep up to that above average speed he carries, he presents an elite level skill set and he’s exploits those abilities with his shiftiness + craftiness to make stealthy adjustments. Capable as a playmaker and scorer, Cozens has outstanding vision and the confidence to execute on what he recognizes. Cozens plays a perimeter game with the puck, his outside speed along the offensive zone is near impossible to close off and he has the confidences to carry the puck anywhere from in the corners to along the blue line, their is a lot of poise to his game and he’s not afraid to drive the slot and unload a heavy wrist shot or snap a pass over to the open static man. Talking about his shooting, Cozens finishing abilities are as efficient as they come. With a combination of having a quick release, with pin point accuracy, and the ability to switch the angle in which he shoots from, its no surprise that between the dots nobody finishes quite like Dylan Cozens. Away from the puck Cozens is a player who presents himself in the slot or around the net, he adhere’s to soft spots in the middle ice and has that sneakiness to get behind defensive coverage. Their is a high hockey sense with Dylan Cozens, and a type of rawness that is rare for a touted prospect like he is. Defensively Cozens displays that tenacity that Kirby Dach and Peyton Krebs don’t have, he’s using that same explosiveness to win puck races and isn’t afraid of initiating contact to regain possession. Though his intensity in the defensive end don’t show urgency, he’s got great attention to detail defensively and always seems to be in the right spots to break up plays. With a long rangy physique and an even longer reach with his stick, its tough to gauge the range that Cozens covers defensively and because of that he’s tough to work around. There’s a lot to like about Cozens, he’s got that power scoring game that many scouts love to see. The only issues we have with Dylan Cozens are his mechanics, he looks a bit awkward and unbalanced on the ice much like Jesse Puljujarvi, at times he will whiff on pass or shots almost like his stick is too long for him. With the being said, his mechanics could still translate to the NHL or a team could break down his game and build it up to something similar. Comparable for Dylan Cozens is Mika Zibanejad.