The Athletic’s Wheeler posts an exhaustive Canadian summer showcase notebook

The Athletic’s Scott Wheeler spent this past week in Calgary, Alberta, where Hockey Canada is headquartered. The Canadians chose not to participate in the World Junior Summer Showcase in Plymouth, MI, holding their own Under-18 and Under-20 camps.

Wheeler posted a set of notes regarding each and every one of the NHL-drafted participants in said camp, and his assessments include two Red Wings prospects:

G Sebastian Cossa: Fiery. Confident. Talkative. Doesn’t like to get beat. Sound on shots that he could see and a little wayward when he had to make the second save or things got scrambly (he’s very athletic but he needs to learn to control those pushes a little better). That’s Cossa. He was good without being lights out in the first two games but struggled mightily in the finale (surrendering eight goals) and got beat five-hole a few times, so I’m planning to keep an eye on that.

LHD Donovan SebrangoI think Sebrango knows that if he’s going to make the team, it’s likely in a complementary bottom-three shutdown type of role and he really dug into that in camp. He identified and hit some small seams with tough passes. But he mostly just ate blocks and played a thorny, in-your-face physical style that seemed to rub some of his opponents the wrong way.

Continued (paywall, with a World Junior Team projection);

I have a feeling that Cossa is going to have a bumpier time at the Red Wings’ prospect tournament than one might think because he’s going to be playing against some of the best prospects in the world under 24 years of age;

As for Sebrango, he is a complementary, shut-down defenseman right now, but the word on the street is that his physicality is impressive.

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