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The Yukon native knows hearing his name called on Draft night will be a big relief

by Austin Siegel / Blackhawks.com

Thousands of kids dream of becoming NHL players, and barring a sudden interest in accounting or marine biology between now and the NHL Draft, Dylan Cozens will soon realize that dream. 

But Cozens, a consensus top ten pick at the 2019 NHL Draft in Vancouver, has his sights set even higher. 

"I'm a two-way player who can play in all situations of the game, power play or penalty kill," Cozens said. "I can be out there when you need to hold the lead or when you need to regain the lead."

Video: Dylan Cozens on preparing for the Draft

That confidence and the numbers to back it up - Cozens posted an 84-point season with the Lethbridge Hurricanes of the WHL in 2018-19 - are why scouts and hockey executives are so high on the Canadian center. 

That doesn't mean Draft night won't still be nerve-wracking for the top prospect.

"It's going to be stressful for sure, but lots of excitement," Cozens said. "We're all there waiting to hear our name called, and once it happens there's going to be lots of emotions and lots of excitement. It's going to be a big relief."
 

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