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2019 Draft Countdown No. 7: Dylan Cozens

Welcome to Canucks Army’s 2019 Draft Countdown. Over the next four weeks leading up to the draft, we’ll be rounding up scouting reports, quotes, and videos about our Top-100 prospects available. Here is an aggregated profile on Dylan Cozens.

Dylan Cozens

Date of birth: February 9th, 2001

Nation: Canada

Position: C/ RW

Shoots: R

Height: 6’3″ / 191 cm

Weight: 183 lbs / 83 kg

Profile: Cozens is a very well-rounded prospect with great size and terrific skating ability. He can be deployed in all situations and has the potential of being a top power forward in the NHL. His two-way game includes world-class skating ability, lethal offensive skills and reliable defensive play — all utilized with a physical edge. 

Difference making power centre-wing with great wheels, powerful wide base and stride, motor, powerful shot and ability to use his hands to quickly take possessions and make plays. A big power player who will play in traffic every shift and do with some nasty. His veracity in puck battles along the boards makes it necessary to “double cover’’ him. World class skater who is very strong on his skates and shows added explosion on the attack, while being able to pass the biscuit with precision and touch. Point per game WHL rookie last season who is committed as a 200 foot player armed with deadly shot selections. This man child isn’t through filling in or building his muscle. Makes everyone around him better. Will cause problems in front, or from the perimeters. Exploits the defense and reads linemates well. Fluid non-stop player who plays hockey smart and would fly through a wall to help his team win. Can project as a big centre as well as a big wing. The sky’s the limit. Bill Placzek, Draft Site

A long, powerful stride drives his elite speed. He’s a complete player with skill to burn in a sizable frame. Cozens owns an accurate and heavy release and uses that threat to look-off defenders and slide crisp passes into his mate’s wheelhouses. Loves to win one-on-one battles. Top-10 production in the WHL in your draft year is nothing to sneeze at.. – Cam Robinson, Dobber Prospects 

An outstanding skater for a player his size, Cozens plays a complete game with vision and playmaking ability. He can use his size and strength to protect the puck and plays a 200-foot game. – Adam Kimelman, NHL.com

A high-octane power forward who can play both center and wing, Cozens is the reigning WHL Rookie of the Year after leading all freshman with 22 goals and finishing second in points with 53. He combines all aspects of skating  — quickness, acceleration, balance and agility — into one dynamic package that allows him to dictate things rather than play reactionary. Cozens is a capable stickhandler who can control the puck at high speeds before making proper decisions more times than not, and he’s very good at setting up give-and-go’s that position him for one-timers or tap-ins. He owns an excellent shot, both for its velocity and accuracy, plus he can score on his backhand from in close.

Cozens is very physical and always finishes his checks; at times to a fault, as his desire to mash people into the boards can make him the last forward back on an opposing counterattack. He’s quick enough, however, to eventually catch up and place himself in the right position to ensure there aren’t gaps in coverage. Cozens always keeps his feet moving and keeps his stick active, and his quick turns and pivots allow him to stay with his man, especially while he’s killing penalties. Overall, he’s an excellent 200-foot forward who is very good on draws, can anchor a penalty-killing unit, run a power play and assume top-line duties. – Steve Kournianos, The Draft Analyst

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  • Cageyvet

    Rave reviews, but I doubt we get a shot at him. Even if we traded up, which is unlikely, I’d expect that would be to try and get Byram, otherwise we’ll take whose available….and he’s unlikely to drop to tenth. It’s too bad, because the size and edge to his game is exactly what the forward group needs.

  • wojohowitz

    Cozens drops to the 10-15 range. He`s too raw…lacks fundamentals. Reminds me of Virtanen. He might figure out how to be a professional in 4 or 5 years but he will drive his coaches crazy getting there. That said if he`s available at 10 he might be good pick…meh

    • Killer Marmot

      The great thing about players who can skate and play defense is that they’re easy to slot into the lineup even if they fall flat offensively. If Cozens falls to #10 then Benning will have an easy decision.

  • Holmes

    If Cozens is available at 10, we may see Benning actually run up to the podium. Totally in favour of picking Cozens if he is still available. Kid will be a beast.

    Wouldn’t be a shocker though if Benning has a deal already baked for Ghost with the 10th pick going to Philly.

    If so, good news, bad news? Leaning towards bad news as I think Ghost’s stats got inflated on career years from Giroux and Voracek

    • Cageyvet

      Leaning towards good news, as I think deployment and pairings last year deflated his stats. Or, to look at it another way, put him on the pp with our young guns and he puts up similar numbers, who you play with matters when it comes to notching points.

  • LemonHart

    I suspect he will be gone by 10 also. But stranger things have happened in the draft before and some rankings do have him even lower than #10. If he and Boldy were available at 10, who would you draft?

    Also TSN is showing the #10 as being in play on their trade bait board. Has anyone heard anything solid on this?

    • Cageyvet

      For the right deal, which has to be a slam dunk, I’d move the pick. As for Boldy or Cozens, I have to go with Cozens, but it’s not as cut and dried as some might think. It’s a fine line with this second tier of prospects, nobody really knows who will be the better player when all is said and done.

      • LemonHart

        Ditto on moving the pick, for a slam dunk. I too think I’d go with Cozens if the two were there, but hey maybe somebody else that isn’t supposed to be there slides for some reason. One never truly knows until JB walks up to the podium.