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2019 Draft Diary: Dylan Cozens

No. 7 pick happy to be selected by 'up and coming' Sabres

by Dylan Cozens / Special to NHL.com

Dylan Cozens, the No. 7 pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, has been writing a monthly diary this season for NHL.com leading up to the draft. The 18-year-old forward had 84 points (34 goals, 50 assists) in 68 regular-season games in his second season with Lethbridge of the Western Hockey League. He had eight points (four goals, four assists) in seven WHL playoff games. Cozens also had nine points (four goals, five assists) for Canada at the 2019 IIHF World Under-18 Championship in Sweden (April 18-28). In his final entry, Cozens discusses being selected by the Buffalo Sabres.

 

Hi everyone. It's been an amazing time in Vancouver.

I got to town Wednesday, and then Thursday I was really busy. We went on the ice with some kids at Hillcrest Arena. That was really fun, and I got to be with some of the other top prospects again and experience it with them. There's lots of nerves for all of us but lots of excitement at the same time. To be with the guys you're going be sitting with the next night was awesome.

I woke up Friday and pretty much just wanted to get the day going. I had a little bit of food to eat for breakfast but not too much. Didn't want to take any chances. I'm just so excited for the day.

 

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I've been nervous for this for a long time but sitting in the arena I wasn't as nervous as I thought I was going to be. But once that third pick hit, that's when it started going, because there's so many people it could be. So that's when the nerves really came on for me.

Everyone knew who was going No. 1 and No. 2 [Jack Hughes and Kaapo Kakko]. No. 3 could have been so many different guys. And then each team, you're thinking this could be me, who knows? Then you hear these guys going ahead of you, I'm sure happy for them, I've become really good friends with them. But then you're waiting, when is it going to be my turn?

There were so many different places it could have been. I had no idea who was going to pick me, there's so many different orders that everyone could have gone. One pick could throw the whole thing off.

Then the Buffalo Sabres came up at No. 7. They started by saying "from Whitehorse" and I knew right away what was coming.

Video: Sabres draft F Dylan Cozens No. 7

I didn't know where I was going to be but I'm happy to be where I am. To be a part of this organization, they're young and up and coming. I'm so excited.

To be there with my family and to have so much support in the Yukon and to have all those people watching was great.

The first person I hugged was my mom. She and my dad both said that they love me and they're so proud of me. They sacrificed so much for me to get to this point, let me move away when I was 14 years old. And now that it's finally here it shows that it's all paid off.

Right now, I'm going to enjoy this as much as I can because this only happens once. I'm going to enjoy this with my family and friends. But after that I've got to start training again. Development camp is right around the corner and I've got to be ready for that.

Thanks to everyone for following along with me this season.

 

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