The Edmonton Oil Kings keep on rolling in 2021. Currently, the club sits comfortably at the number one spot in the Central Division standings with an eye-popping 17-1-1 record and 35 points. The team as a whole is a powerhouse from top to bottom; but without a star number one goaltender manning the crease on a nightly basis, it’s tough to say where any good team would be.
And that’s exactly what the Oil Kings have in 18-year-old goaltender Sebastian Cossa. He was just named this week’s WHL Goaltender of the Week. His play has been stellar all season long. In 15 games, he has a 0.945 save percentage, three shutouts, and a record of 14-0-1. He is tied with Everett Silvertips goaltender Dustin Wolf for number one overall in the entire WHL for save percentage.
It it obvious that what factored into the decision to name the hulking six foot six netminder ‘Goaltender of the Week’ was undoubtedly his incredible performance in the series against the Medicine Hat Tigers last week.
Game one saw Cossa shut out the Tigers in a 3-0 victory at the Downtown Community Arena in Edmonton on April 22nd. He made 30 saves and was named the second star of the game.
Cossa then helped backstop his team to a 4-1 victory in game two of the series at Co-Op Place in Medicine Hat on the 24th. He recorded 24 saves and finished with a 0.960 save percentage on the night.
Heading into the 2020-21 WHL season, Cossa was already on the radar of many NHL scouts. He is projected as a top prospect for the upcoming 2021 NHL Draft and could go as high as the first round. It is evident that he has all the tools to be an elite goaltender. Size, composure, athleticism. He has already proved his value at the junior level. In due time, he will be taken by a very lucky NHL team looking for their star goaltender of the future.
But right now, Cossa has unfinished business with the Edmonton Oil Kings. With him at the helm between the pipes, this team could go far in the WHL Playoffs.