With the 2019 NHL Draft approaching, the Blackhawks will make their highest pick since 2007 - when they selected a teenager from Buffalo named Patrick Kane first overall. This week, Blackhawks.com will take a look at five top prospects Chicago will likely be considering if consensus top picks Jack Hughes and Kaapo Kakko are off the board in Vancouver.
Next up is well-rounded WHL center Dylan Cozens of the Lethbridge Hurricanes:
Lethbridge Hurricanes (2016-2019)
- Posted 34 goals and 50 assists as an 18-year-old this season.
- Finished 11th in WHL scoring with 84 points in 2018-19.
- Helped the Hurricanes reach the WHL Playoffs.
- Recorded 8 points (4G, 4A) in a first-round loss to Calgary.
- Finished second on the Hurricanes in goals, assists and points.
Team Canada (2017-2019)
- Represented Canada at the 2017 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
- Represented Canada at the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup.
- His 6 assists at the U-17 WHC were second best at the tournament, behind only Jack Hughes.
- Posted 5 points (2G, 3A) on Canada's Hlinka Gretzky Cup-winning team in 2018.
What They're Saying
"The sub-Arctic town of Whitehorse has never had a full-time NHL player, but Cozens is about to break the mold. The only question is whether he'll jump to the NHL at 18 or have to wait a year or two. Cozens has all the attributes NHL teams are seeking - size, skill, physicality and a tremendous work ethic."- The Hockey News (#3 prospect in the 2019 NHL Draft, #2 Center)
"Cozens is a very well-rounded prospect. For the past two seasons in the WHL and in international play, he consistently impressed. Cozens measures in at 6-foot-3 and is a very good skater, not just for his size, but overall. That combination alone makes him a handful to deal with when a guy that size comes barreling through the neutral zone." - Corey Pronman, The Athletic (#7 prospect in the 2019 NHL Draft, #4 Center)
"Cozens needs to add more bulk to his frame, but he can play both at center and at right wing. He has great puck skills and uses his size effectively to protect the puck while driving the net. He is an accomplished passer and is committed to being on the right side of the puck at all times. He is also the type of player who needs very little room to release his deadly wrist shot, making him a permanent threat in the offensive zone." - Ryan Wagman, Yahoo Sports (#7 prospect in the 2019 NHL Draft, #4 Center)
BLOG: Cozens ready for stressful Draft night
What He's Saying
Video: Dylan Cozens on preparing for the Draft