Dylan Cozens

Dylan Cozens

23-Year-Old CenterC
Buffalo Sabres
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Taken by Buffalo with the seventh overall pick in 2019, Cozens has made huge strides over his first three seasons with the Sabres, providing 13 points in 41 contests as a rookie, 38 points in 79 outings in 2021-22 and career-highs in goals (31), points (68) and shots (211) in his breakout last year. It's even more impressive considering he averaged a modest 16:30 of ice time while serving primarily on Buffalo's second line. To give that some context, Cozens finished fifth in the league's scoring race among players who averaged under 17 minutes. On another team, the 22-year-old forward would fit in seamlessly on the top line, but Buffalo's wealth of talent allows them to utilize Cozens in a way that he's quickly becoming overqualified for. He's likely to exceed the 60-point milestone again this season, but unless his role grows, his offensive production probably won't see another significant jump. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a seven-year, $49.7 million contract extension with the Sabres in February of 2023.
Two goals, three points in win
CBuffalo Sabres
April 16, 2024
Cozens tallied two goals and added an assist in Monday's 4-2 win over Tampa Bay.
ANALYSIS
Cozens opened the scoring 1:26 into the first period, firing a loose puck over the shoulder of Andrei Vasilevskiy before adding a shorthanded marker in the second. The 23-year-old Cozens would grab a third point with an assist on Zach Benson's tally in the third. Cozens entered Monday's contest with just one goal and four points over his previous 14 games. He'll wrap up the season with 18 goals and 47 points in 79 games, a significant step back from his 31-goal/68-point campaign in 2022-23.
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2023–24 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    17:14
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    2:07
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    1:36
 
Ice Time
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Short-Handed
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15:54
1:55
0:30
2022–23
16:30
2:48
1:15
2023–24
17:14
2:07
1:36
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Playing for Team Canada
CBuffalo Sabres
April 18, 2024
Cozens will play for Team Canada at the upcoming IIHF World Championship in Czechia in May, Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News reports.
ANALYSIS
Cozens had a pair of goals and an assist Monday in the Sabres' season finale, giving the 23-year-old center 19 goals, 29 assists, 200 shots on goal and 107 hits in 79 appearances on the year.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Cozens' final numbers last season - 13 goals, 38 points in 79 games - may not look all that great on paper, but they represented a clear improvement from the four goals and 13 points he posted in 41 games during the pandemic-shortened 2020-21 campaign. Cozens added nine points with the man advantage while averaging nearly 16 minutes (15:54) worth of ice time per game in 2021-22. Buffalo's expected improvement as a team combined with the fact Cozens won't turn 22 until February make him a prime candidate for another step forward in terms of production in 2022-23, so don't forget about the 2019 No. 7 overall selection on draft day.
Cozens, widely viewed as one of the top prospects in the league, made his NHL debut last season as a 19-year-old and posted four goals and 13 points in 41 games for Buffalo. He also missed time during the year due to an upper-body injury and while on the NHL's COVID-19 protocols list. With Jack Eichel expected to be traded before the start of the 2021-22 campaign, Cozens and 2021 No. 1 overall selection Owen Power are arguably Buffalo's two most valuable assets moving forward. The Sabres are many years away from contender status and Cozens will be given every chance to seize a major role for the club this year. Target him in the later rounds of your draft.
Cozens took a big step forward in his development last season, racking up 38 goals and 85 points in 51 games with the WHL's Lethbridge Hurricanes after totaling 34 goals and 85 points in 68 games with the same club during the previous campaign. The seventh overall pick from the 2019 draft is too young to play in the AHL, so he'll either be a full-time player with the Sabres or return for one final season with Lethbridge in 2020-21. Cozens is a fantastic skater with high-end playmaking ability and a deadly shot, making him a true asset on both ends of the ice. He's a natural center, but if he cracks the big club's roster this season, he'll likely start on the wing, taking notes from the likes of Eric Staal and Jack Eichel before transitioning to his natural position at some point over the next few years. There's no guarantee that he'll make Buffalo's roster this season, but if he does, he'll likely be playing alongside Staal on the second line while also seeing time on the Sabres' second power-play unit, making him worth a look in the later rounds of redraft formats.
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Collects helper in win
CBuffalo Sabres
March 29, 2024
Cozens notched an assist, two shots on goal, three hits and two PIM in Friday's 5-2 win over the Devils.
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Nabs assist in win
CBuffalo Sabres
March 18, 2024
Cozens logged an assist and two shots on goal in Monday's 6-2 win over the Kraken.
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Goal drought extended
CBuffalo Sabres
March 13, 2024
Cozens picked up an assist in Tuesday's 7-3 win over Detroit but couldn't break out of a five-game goal drought despite firing five shots on net.
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Two helpers in loss
CBuffalo Sabres
February 19, 2024
Cozens recorded a pair of assists in Monday's 4-3 loss to the Ducks.
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Four-game, seven-point streak
CBuffalo Sabres
January 27, 2024
Cozens scored a goal and added two assists in a 5-2 win over San Jose on Saturday.
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