The Edmonton Sun’s Robert Tychkowski spoke with Red Wings first-round draft pick Sebastian Cossa and Arizona Coyotes pick Dylan Guenther, who are both members of the WHL’s Edmonton Oil Kings, regarding their takes on being drafted highly (Guenther 9th and Cossa 15th overall, respectively) this past weekend.
Both players spoke glowingly of the assets provided to them by the Oil Kings, and Cossa suggested that he’s ready to begin forging a path toward the NHL:
It feels good knowing that a Hall-of-Fame player and elite general manager like Steve Yzerman believes that strongly in you.
“Being such a high pick, there are high expectations, but I want to exceed those expectations,” said the six-foot-six product of Fort McMurray. “Him wanting me that bad is satisfying, for sure.
“There are a lot of good prospects and in the coming years we’re going to have a strong team there. I want to be a main factor in that team’s success.”
Where do they go from here? Teams have been reluctant to pick goalies high in the draft because you can ever be sure and it takes them long to develop. But Carter Hart and Spencer Knight showed that the wait time doesn’t have to be as big as it was before.
“I want to be playing in the NHL in two or three years,” said Cossa. “I have extremely high expectations for myself. There is a long way to go and I have to put a lot of work in, but I can’t wait to get started.”