The Athletic’s Wheeler discusses Team Canada’s WJC team, including Sebrango and Cossa

The Athletic’s Scott Wheeler discusses Hockey Canada’s World Junior Championship team, whose roster will include Red Wings prospects Donovan Sebrango and Sebastian Cossa:

LHD Donovan Sebrango (Detroit Red Wings): I don’t think Sebrango was at his best throughout camp. His first touch accepting passes into his shooting stance seemed off in drills. He had a couple of chats with coaches during drills where he made a mistake defensively and there was some teaching happening (and while that’s not the kind of thing I’d typically read anything into in this setting, he had to be dialled in on that side because he’s not going to be asked to create offence for this group). Still, his age, experience and style of play make bringing him as a depth guy sensible.

G Sebastian Cossa (Detroit Red Wings): Cossa’s first test of the opener was a hard push from his right to his left to make a really tough pad save. That’s the quality, with his size and his power, that really sets him apart. He looked completely unbeatable down low, too. It was controlled pad save after controlled pad save, which actually stands in stark contrast from the summer camp when he got beat five-hole a bunch of times. On the flip side, he then got beat up high dropping into his butterfly early on a couple of shots in the second game. So there might be some give-and-take there. He stopped 47 of 51 shots (.922) in camp on the whole but I don’t think he has solidified his case for the starter’s net just yet.

Continued (paywall); my few viewings of Cossa have included the same concern–that Cossa leaves his feet too early and allows top-shelf goals because he drops that gigantic body into the butterfly almost instinctually, leaving the top half of the net open, especially over his catch glove.

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