Is it time to worry about the development of Detroit Red Wings prospect goaltender Sebastian Cossa? Because for the most part, he's looked anything but impressive.
This past week at the NHL Prospect Tournament, Cossa was lit up by the Columbus Blue Jackets for six goals on 21 shots, including a five goal outburst in the 2nd period before getting the gate. Meanwhile in Thursday's game, he allowed two goals on 16 shots against.
According to Grand Rapids Griffins head coach Dan Watson, it was a "tough" outing.
"I thought he battled hard in the first period," Watson said. "Then you could see the way some of the goals given up — it wasn't all on him, certainly, but it's trying to find that consistency from game to game. It was a tough one here for him."
"The second period wasn't who the players are or who this team needs to be."
The selection of Cossa was a bit of an eyebrow raiser for Red Wings fans, many of whom were anticipating GM Steve Yzerman to go with Swede Jesper Wallstedt, who was eventually selected by the Minnesota Wild.
“With Sebastian, I’ve seen it before, if he has a bad game, I know what he’s like the next day, and he’s going to do all the things necessary to be prepared if he’s called upon,” Watson said. “If not, he’s going to be prepared to be called upon once camp starts. This is part of his mental toughness progression. He’s got to battle through this, he’s got to understand it. I know he and the goaltending coach will go through some video, some situations. He’s got to be better from it and learn from it.”
Cossa, who is preparing for his first full AHL season, posted decent numbers with the ECHL's Toledo Walleye, going 26-16-4 with a 2.56 goals against average and .913 save percentage.