Next up, we take a trip over to the Western Hockey League to have a look at Dylan Cozens. He’s coming off of a pretty remarkable season with the Lethbridge Hurricanes, which saw him finish the regular season tied for 10th in points in the whole of the WHL. He’s one of our more exciting total package type of players, so let’s just dig right into this one, shall we?
BSH 2019 Draft Profile: Dylan Cozens
Position / Team: C/RW / Lethbridge Hurricanes, WHL
2018-19 Statistics: 34 G, 50 A in 68 GP
Size: 6’3”, 183
No. 5 (North American skaters) by NHL Central Scouting
No. 10 by Future Considerations
No. 5 by ISS Hockey
No. 7 by Pronman/The Athletic
What’s there to like?
It’s easy to get excited about a player like Dylan Cozens. He’s big, and he doesn’t shy away from using that size to outwork or push past opponents. But he’s also a very good skater—not just for his size, but in general. He doesn’t have incredible top-end speed, but he’s got a good first few steps, and he’s able to accelerate fast enough to create a bit of separation for himself. It’s kind of become a bit of an empty buzz phrase by now, but here it really is appropriate—Cozens plays the game with a certain pace, and this makes him effective.
The other striking part of his game is his shot. From a distance he has a quick and accurate wrist shot, but he also has a penchant for crashing the net, and has the hands to make plays happen in tight.
He brings, all in all, a pretty well-rounded game. He’s a responsible two-way player, and can take care of his details in that way, but he also has a shoot-first mentality, and that brings a bit of extra danger to his game.
Also, as we alluded to in the tweets, the Phillies have a player in their organization named Dylan Cozens, and could you imagine the chaos that would ensue if there were two players named Dylan Cozens in Philadelphia. It would be nuts. Let’s get weird.
What’s not to like?
Cozens presents with a pretty solid profile, so we really have to do a bit of nitpicking to find something to fill in this section. What we’ll just note is that 183 pounds on a 6’3” frame is not a whole lot, so he still has a bit of filling out to do. Not a difficult fix, but something he’ll have to address before turning pro.
How would he fit in the Flyers’ system?
Like we talked about with Caufield yesterday, if we’re looking for a position where the Flyers’ prospect pool seems thinnest, it would be at right wing, so Cozens would be able to bolster that area (while also tossing his name into the mix of players competing for a future center job with the team. It could go either way). So there’s a fit in that way.
But beyond that, even if the Flyers had only centers and right wings, it would be pretty hard to turn down a player like a Cozens. A big, smooth skating, two-way player with a shoot-first mentality? The Flyers could definitely use that, any day (especially that last part). We made note of this when we talked about Cole Caufield, that the Flyers need more shooters, and Cozens seems to be that as well. He’s an offensive force with all of the defensive responsibility, too. So you find a way to make room for a player like that.
Could the Flyers actually get him?
*uncertain voice in a pitch so high only dogs can hear it* probably not? The consensus seems to be that he’s figuring to be picked in the top 10, well out of the Flyers’ reach, so barring them making some kind of trade to move up (which is unlikely, we really don’t see this happening) or some teams going really off-board with their picks, causing Cozens to fall, he’s likely gone before the Flyers have a chance to grab him. So it goes.