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Draft Option #7: Dylan Cozens

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Dylan Cozens, C, Lethbridge-WHL, https://theathletic.com/904724/2019/04/09/the-athletics-2019-nhl-mock-draft-lottery-edition-devils-get-the-no-1-pick/

Feb. 9, 2001 | 6-foot-3 | 185 pounds

Ryan Clark: Landing Cozens would answer more than a few potential needs for Colorado. He has the versatility to play at center or on the wing. Drafting and/or developing interchangeable forwards has become a hallmark of this rebuild. The belief here is Cozens could anchor the second line. And at 6-foot-3 and 185 pounds, he also gives them a sizable option down the middle.

Pronman’s take: In Cozens, Colorado gets a center who brings a ton of speed to the table in a 6-foot-3 frame. Cozens has the ability to push the pace and break open shifts like few big men can with a good amount of skill, too. He’s a high-character kid who has pro elements in his game and will win over his coach easily. With the Avs, he doesn’t need to be a superstar, which might be beyond his limits. He has the skill set to be one of the league’s better second-line centers.

 

 

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Lots of open breakaways. Hard to tell anything about his speed. He can make some plays.... but he looks to be a sniper. Kinda what this team needs.

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Good stuff. 

Thank you for highlighting and providing all the snip-its for the best centers for our 7th round selection review. 

Solid work and community contributions.

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I think the Cozens lovers might have more of a chance on draft day than they think.

He looks like a good player and a safe pick - ceiling sorta Jeff Carter/Jordan Staal - but he doesn’t have the upside of Turcotte, Pod, Zegras or Dach.

A decade ago he would have been the third or fourth pick (and he still might be) because he checks all the boxes. But the NHL is changing. Turcotte’s health, Dach’s inconsistency, Zegras’ size and Pod’s Russian factor may not be the deterrents they once were, at least for some GMs.

It really depends on the conservative nature of the teams in front of us.

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