Scout Quotes

“Kimelman: An outstanding skater for a player his size, Cozens plays a complete game with vision and playmaking ability.
Morreale: When using his speed and attacking, Cozens is very difficult to contain. He’s a fantastic skater, tough in all areas of the ice.
Lepage: The 18-year-old (6-3, 180) is one of the fastest and most threatening forwards in this year’s draft class.”

AJ’s Thoughts

The combination of size, skating, and shooting from Cozens doesn’t come around a ton. As a righty, that adds even more value to an intriguing overall collection of skills. What’s really crazy about Cozens when I watch him is that he’s still so wiry. His frame is large enough he could legitimately add another 20 pounds or so onto his body. Doing that would make an already-lethal shot absolutely brutal to deal with for opposing goalies.

He also understands he’s larger than your average bear and has no issues physically imposing his will on the opposition. I love that he’s consistently engaged in games from beginning to end and that he understands who he is and what he does well and simply seeks to repeat those skills as often as possible. There’s absolutely a ton to like in Cozens and I think he’s among the cleanest prospects in this year’s pool.

However…I don’t really see true high-end skill there very often. With a guy like Kirby Dach, you see plenty of stretches of dominance that you can dream on him at the next level. With Cozens, I don’t really ever see him take over games or even shifts. At the U-18s, he very much looked like the third-most talented player on his line next to Krebs and Newhook. What Cozens does will absolutely translate moving forward. The question is are you getting a 30-goal scorer who will give you physical two-way play and 65 points or more of a Micheal Ferland type where he scores 20 for you and helps in lots of areas but isn’t more of a complementary player than core player. That’s my hesitation with Cozens.


Avalanche Fit

Purely as a style fit, Cozens might be the forward Colorado needs the most. If the Avs had the 8th pick or so, Cozens would be an easy slam dunk choice for them. At 4, however, I’m simply not comfortable taking a chance on what I perceive as a more limited upside player just for the sake of saying you filled a “need.” Their biggest need at four is the best player. I don’t think Cozens will be that at that spot so I don’t love it. If he somehow tumbles out of the top 10, Colorado would certainly look at getting aggressive to move up from 16 to snag him. That I would love. But not at 4.


Ranked #5 by TSN/McKenzie

Ranked #5 by NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING (NA Skaters)



A.J. Haefele, was born in Aurora, Colorado, raised in Katy, Texas and is the Avalanche Editor and Editor-In-Chief of BSN Denver. Education: A.J. studied at Stephen F. Austin State University before moving back to Colorado in 2009. Career:  Before joining BSN Denver, A.J. had been writing for and briefly managed the popular Avalanche blog, Mile High Hockey. A.J. began contributing in 2010 with detailed practice reports, training camp coverage, and in-depth looks at Colorado’s divisional foes. He would expand his horizons with free agency analysis, draft coverage, and more day-to-day looks at the team before taking over the blog as Co-Managing Editor. It was a short-lived tenure atop before BSN Denver came calling. Most memorable sports moment: Ray Bourque lifting the Stanley Cup in 2001. John Elway winning his first Super Bowl is a very close second but Bourque winning the Cup and finishing “Mission 16W” is one of the greatest stories in all of sports. The finest sports book I’ve ever read: Big fan of “Moneyball”. The implications on the sport and the inside look at how an organization changed its attitude to exploit a market inefficiency was fascinating. One sports movie that I can’t live without: There aren’t really any I dislike. Major League and Cool Runnings were my favorites growing up but Miracle and Goon have been my favorites as an adult. Also can’t live without the Rocky and now Creed movies. Most memorable experience as a reporter: Covering the 2017 NHL Draft was a dream come true for me. I’d always wanted to attend a draft and I got to do it while covering the team selecting fourth overall. Interviewing Cale Makar after he was selected is something I’ll never forget. The sport that started it all: Baseball! My dad was an enormous baseball fan and when the Rockies came into existence, it was an instant bond for the two of us and created sports fanaticism that has defined most of my life.

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