Wings prospect Alex Cotton reflects upon his time in Detroit (and Traverse City)

Red Wings prospect and Lethbridge Hurricanes defenseman Alex Cotton returned to his WHL team after a lengthy stint with the Red Wings’ training camp and exhibition roster, and Cotton posted an assist (and took 4 shots) in last night’s 2-1 loss to Sebastian Cossa’s Edmonton Oil Kings.

After the game, Cotton and his coach, Brent Kisio, spoke with the Lethbridge Herald’s Dale Woodward:

“[The Oil Kings are] supposed to be the best team in our league and we were right there with them the whole game,” said Cotton, whose team will face the Oil Kings for Game 2 Oct. 15 in Edmonton. “I think we outplayed them five-on-five, to be honest. I think every time we go up against them it’s going to be a battle like that, just close games and no blowouts. It’ll be fun for the rest of the year.”

After a busy month that included the Red Wings rookie camp followed by their main camp and some preseason action, Cotton returned to the Canes for his season debut.

“I’ve had lots of skating in the last month and I feel pretty good,” he said. “My legs are a little tired, to be honest, but I felt good and felt I moved the puck well.”

The veteran blue-liner soaked up his time in Detroit.

“Just getting down there, they’re such a first-class organization,” said Cotton. “All the guys there are great people and the experience was surreal, any guy could dream of that. Just getting those preseason games really helped me and showed me where I need to get to. I’m going to work here and do the best I can to do that.”


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