Cozens named WHL Eastern Conference Player of the Year

April 21, 2020

Buffalo Sabres prospect Dylan Cozens was named the Western Hockey League's Eastern Conference Player of the Year on Tuesday.

Congratulations to @BuffaloSabres prospect @Dylan_Cozens of @WHLHurricanes, the Eastern Conference Player of the Year! #WHLAwards -- |

— The WHL (@TheWHL) April 21, 2020

The first round pick (seventh overall) of the Sabres in the 2019 NHL Draft finished his 2019-20 campaign with the Lethbridge Hurricanes as the seventh-leading scorer in the WHL with 85 points (38+47) in just 51 games. Cozens was on pace for 41 goals and 52 assists for 93 points in 56 games this season before the 2019-20 campaign was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. He finished the season tied for fifth in the WHL in goals, while also tying for the league-lead in shorthanded goals with four.

The 19-year-old was awarded the Harry Ingarfield Memorial Trophy as the Hurricanes' Most Valuable Player this season, and was also named a WHL First-Team All-Star in the Eastern Conference.

With the honor as the Eastern Conference Player of the Year, Cozens is now a finalist to win the Four Broncos Memorial Trophy as the WHL Player of the Year. He is up for the award against Spokane Chiefs forward Adam Beckman (Minnesota Wild) from the Western Conference.

That honor will be announced on Wednesday, May 20.

The native of Whitehorse, Yukon also played for Canada at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship, picking up nine points (2+7) in seven games en route to a gold medal victory in Ostrava, Czech Republic.