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Dylan Larkin’s Season

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

How good has Dylan Larkin been offensively this season?

To put it in perspective, Larkin's goal Saturday in Arizona was his ninth of the season.

Last season — and, yes, there were variables such as a shortened NHL season because of the pandemic and Larkin's injury late in the season that forced him to miss games — he scored all of nine goals in 44 games.

Larkin matched that mark Saturday in only his 16th game.

Talking in training camp, there was a determination and resolve in Larkin's voice to smash last season's meager offensive numbers.

He's accomplishing that, early on.

"He felt like he has more to offer and he has played really good this year when he’s played," coach Jeff Blashill said.

That's another part to the puzzle.

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Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now,

“With Detroit being patient, they are going to give me time (to develop),” Cossa said. “But for my own self, I want to speed up that time. I assume I’m going to be in the AHL next year, then a year or two there, and hopefully earn my spot.”

That’s Cossa. Focused. Driven. Ambitious. Mature.

The Red Wings saw all of those traits in him last summer when they traded up (with the Dallas Stars) to draft Cossa with the No. 15 pick in the first round. GM Steve Yzerman took the 6-foot-6 Cossa ahead of Swedish sensation Jesper Wallstedt who was projected to be the first goalie taken. The Red Wings weren’t the only team to have Cossa rated ahead of Wallstedt, maybe for attitude as much as skill. Cossa has a presence about him that makes you believe in him.

“He is athletic,” said his Edmonton Oil Kings coach Brad Lauer. “He is tracking the puck very well and he gets across post-to-post very well. It takes a good shot to beat him.”

In three seasons with the Oil Kings, Cossa, 19, is 49-10-7. In the past two seasons, he is 28-4-4. Last season, his goals-against average was 1.69 in 17 games. This season, his GAA is 2.14. His three seasonal save percentages in the Western Hockey League are .921 .941 and .929.

“He is a very confident individual,” Lauer said. “He has some swagger to his game. It’s not like he is arrogant about it. (Cossa) is a team-first guy. He is one of our leaders in our room. He has a great attitude.”

read on

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 11/22/21 at 09:15 PM ET

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So hard to project this position.

The NHL is a league full of guys with good shots,
size, strength, sense, vision, the ability to get a big goalie
moving and opening up.

It’s so interesting that it’s possible the Wings could have
Nedelkojvic and Cossa - such different goalies in size and style.

Posted by lefty.30 on 11/23/21 at 12:24 AM ET

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“He is a very confident individual,” Lauer said. “He has some swagger to his game. It’s not like he is arrogant about it. (Cossa) is a team-first guy. He is one of our leaders in our room. He has a great attitude.”

That’s great to hear. The knock on Cossa last summer was that he was pretty full of himself. But when your coach says you’re a “team-first guy,” that says a lot. And he seems pretty realistic about his development timeline. Let’s hope he can get to Detroit after just one year in GR.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 11/23/21 at 11:30 AM ET

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