2019 NHL Draft

Dylan Cozens

Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL)

Steve Kournianos  |  09/02/2018 |  Nashville  |  [hupso]


Position: Center/Wing
Shoots: Right
Height / Weight: 6’3, 177 lbs
Born: February 9th, 2001 | Whitehorse, Yukon
Nation: Canada

The Draft Analyst Ranking:

9 7

Regular Season

Season Team GP G A PTS +/- PIM
2016-17 Lethbridge (WHL) 3 1 0 1 0 0
2016-17 Canada (WU17HC) 6 1 6 7 0
2017-18 Lethbridge (WHL) 57 22 31 53 -6 20
2018-19 Canada (U18 Hlinka) 5 2 3 5 0

Scouting Report

A high-octane power forward who can play both center and wing, Cozens is the reigning WHL Rookie of the Year after leading all freshman with 22 goals and finishing second in points with 53. He combines all aspects of skating  — quickness, acceleration, balance and agility — into one dynamic package that allows him to dictate things rather than play reactionary. Cozens is a capable stickhandler who can control the puck at high speeds before making proper decisions more times than not, and he’s very good at setting up give-and-go’s that position him for one-timers or tap-ins. He owns an excellent shot, both for its velocity and accuracy, plus he can score on his backhand from in close.

Cozens is very physical and always finishes his checks; at times to a fault, as his desire to mash people into the boards can make him the last forward back on an opposing counterattack.  He’s quick enough, however, to eventually catch up and place himself in the right position to ensure there aren’t gaps in coverage. Cozens always keeps his feet moving and keeps his stick active, and his quick turns and pivots allow him to stay with his man, especially while he’s killing penalties. Overall, he’s an excellent 200-foot forward who is very good on draws, can anchor a penalty-killing unit, run a power play and assume top-line duties.