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Prospect Observations

09/20/2022 at 6:22am EDT

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

“I think it’s a great opportunity for all these kids to come in with Detroit and learn not only our staff in Grand Rapids -- and some of these kids will be in Grand Rapids -- but learn what the pro daily routine is, the gameday routine, how you do meetings, how you practice, in between periods, postgame,” Griffins coach Ben Simon, who coached the prospects, said. “Playing three games in four nights gets you in game shape and ready for training camp so that maybe these kids have a little leg up on Day One.”

Simon shared his impressions of several prospects:

Sebastian Cossa, goaltender: “He played extremely well here. … You can see that he’s ready, he’s hungry, and let’s see what happens in camp. … I always defer to the goalie gurus we have, but I thought he played the puck pretty well (Monday), not that that was a perceived deficiency, but it was noticeable that he was competent coming out and playing the puck.”

Simon Edvinsson, defenseman: “I think you can see the poise he has with the puck, his play recognition for the most part is elite. He’s going to be a really good player for a really long time. He’s still very young, though, that’s important to understand. Some of these kids that come in here, there’s all this hype and expectation, sometimes it just doesn’t happen overnight. He will make rookie mistakes. Veterans have made rookie mistakes. But he does a lot of little things well for a younger player and has the confidence that bodes well for his future.”

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