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Buffalo Sabres Ink Dylan Cozens: Thumbs Up

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It’s two, errr… relatively one thumb up for Dylan Cozens.

The Buffalo Sabres signed their 2019 first-round choose Cozens to a three-year entry-level contract (ELC) yesterday. Cozens, the seventh general choose on the NHL Entry Draft held in Vancouver took half in Sabres Improvement Camp in late June however wound up mangling his left thumb when he was checked and landed awkwardly. In early July, he underwent profitable surgical procedure has an anticipated restoration time of roughly two to 3 months.

Meaning it’s doubtless thumbs down for him enjoying within the annual Prospects Problem at Harborcenter in early September and presumably coaching camp as properly.

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The deal was signed
for the entry-level most cap hit of $925,000 per season, plus efficiency
bonuses that might take the whole of the deal to $5.325 million. Since Cozens
is an 18-year-old with junior eligibility remaining, the deal wouldn’t kick in
till Cozens performs 10 NHL video games and will slide to as a substitute begin within the 2020-21
season.

Sliding His Contract One Yr

Cozens
performed within the CHL earlier than being drafted, so he can return to the juniors or play
within the NHL. He can not play within the NCAA. If he performs with the Sabres, Cozens can
play as much as 9 video games earlier than burning a 12 months off his ELC. If he doesn’t hit the
10-game mark, his contract would slide for one 12 months, beginning within the 2020-21
season.

The Sabres used the nine-game tryout with Sam Reinhart, their 2014 first-round choose (second general). He performed 9 video games with the group through the 2014-15 season (notching a single help), then returned to the Kootenay Ice of the WHL for the rest of the season. Reinhart has been a fixture within the lineup since he performed 79 video games in his rookie season through the 2015-16 season.

After a quick stint within the NHL, Sam Reinhart returned to the WHL’s Kootenay Ice. (Photograph by Marissa Baecker/Shoot the Breeze)

Whereas
on injured reserve, the teen could be with the Sabres and get accustomed to
the group, its workers and be taught what it takes to the compete within the NHL.
He’d additionally get an up shut and private thought of precisely the form of dedication
it takes to organize and compete. An opportunity to be amongst professionals to sense
their pace, power, and talent and know what it’s going to take to make it in
the massive league.

Honing His Sport

In his second full season with the Lethbridge Hurricanes of the WHL, Cozens netted 34 targets and 50 assists for 84 factors in 68 video games for the Lethbridge Hurricanes final season. The 6-foot-Three and 180-pound ahead completed the season tied for 10th amongst all WHL skaters in factors and ranked within the high 10 in even-strength assists and even-strength factors. He added 4 targets and 4 assists in seven playoff video games.

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The
Whitehorse, Yukon native helped Group Canada take residence a gold medal on the 2018
Hlinka Gretzky Cup final August, chipping in two targets and three assists in 5
video games. On the 2019 IIHF World U18 Championship in Sweden, he was an alternate
captain for Group Canada. There he tied for seventh in event scoring with
9 factors in seven video games. 

Different Notable
Signings

With Cozens inking his identify to a deal, he’s now the sixth top-10 draft choose to signal an entry-level deal. His contract is similar as Detroit Pink Wings defenseman Moritz Seider (No. 6 general) and Edmonton Oilers blueliner Philip Broberg (No. eight general).

Jack Hughes may make some severe dough if he finds success subsequent season with the Devils. (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers

Phenom Jack Hughes, who was chosen first general, signed Saturday with the New Jersey Devils. His deal may skyrocket to $11.325 million if he hits all of his bonuses and incentives. The second-overall choose, Kaapo Kakko, signed Friday with the New York Rangers and may earn as a lot as $10.725 million. No. Three choose Kirby Dach signed July eight with the Chicago Blackhawks for a possible financial institution of $10.275 million.

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