Khan’s ‘5 to watch’ at the prospect tournament

MLive’s Ansar Khan has issued a list of five prospects who bear watching at the Red Wings’ prospect tournament next week in Traverse City. Among them:

Jonatan Berggren, RW, 5-11, 183: This fast-skating, skilled winger is preparing for the start of his North American career following a breakout season in the Swedish Hockey League with Skelleftea AIK (12 goals, 33 assists in 49 games), leading the team and tying for sixth in league scoring. He became only the 13th player in SHL history to compile 40-plus points in a season at age 20 or younger, and the first since Vancouver’s Elias Pettersson in 2017-18. Berggren was limited to 16 games in 2018-19 due to a back injury and played only 24 games in 2019-20 because of shoulder surgery. He was Detroit’s third pick, 33rd overall in the second round, in 2018, drafted three spots after Joe Veleno.

Sebastian Cossa, G, 6-6, 212: The Red Wings moved up from 23 to 15 to grab their goaltender of the future in this year’s draft. When Cossa is at the top of his crease, there is little room for shooters to get the puck past him. He has a hybrid butterfly style and plays with confidence and a bit of swagger. He dominated in the Western Hockey League, going 17-1-1, with a 1.57 goals-against average and .941 save percentage with the Edmonton Oil Kings last season. Cossa is slated for another season in juniors before likely transitioning to the AHL with the Grand Rapids Griffins.

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