Duff’s morning notebook: on Sebastian Cossa and managing expectations

We’re going with “I’m not surprised” regarding this news from Team Canada’s World Junior team, per Detroit Hockey Now’s Bob Duff.

I had a feeling that Sebastian Cossa would wind up as the backup for the Canadian World Junior team, despite his excellent pedigree, because Dylan Garand and Brett Brochu had both given a year of service to a team that tends to defer to veterans.

That seems to be what’s happening thus far–though the Canadians have only played one game out of four preliminary round games…


TSN.ca reported undrafted London Knights goalie Brett Brochu will start for Canada tonight at 7 p.m. against Austria (NHL Network). Canada defeated Czechia 6-3 in its opener with New York Rangers prospect Dylan Gerand in net.

Austria is one of the weaker teams in the tournament. Finland defeated Austria 7-1 in its opener. This should not be a challenging game for Canada. Red Wings prospect defenseman Donovan Sebrango is playing for Canada. He scored in Canada’s opener.

The Red Wings drafted Sebastian Cossa 15th overall last summer.  He is 53-10-7 during his Western Hockey League career.

Continued; again, I just feel that, absent a dominant performance in the pre-tournament half-game that he got behind Garand, which he did not deliver, Cossa was gonna have to “put in a year,” and that’s where we are.

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George Malik

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One thought on “Duff’s morning notebook: on Sebastian Cossa and managing expectations”

  1. You are right! Here I thought winning the Gold Medal was the ultimate Goal for this Team every year. Stupid me!

    I was not impressed with the 1st Game Goalie, just me again.

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