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Sabres top pick Dylan Cozens starts fast in juniors, named WHL Player of the Week

Dylan Cozens had a fine showing in Sabres training camp, especially for an 18-year-old, but showed no signs of disappointment when he was sent back to junior hockey.

Cozens often said he would be glad to develop in Lethbridge of the Western Hockey League if that was the Sabres' decision, and immediately backed up his words when he was returned last week.

Cozens was named the WHL Player of the Week Monday after posting six points and a plus-2 rating for Lethbridge in a weekend split that opened his third season of juniors.

Cozens had a goal and an assist Friday night in his debut for Lethbridge, a 5-2 loss to Red Deer, and then exploded Sunday with two goals and two assists in a 5-2 win at Edmonton in a game played at Rogers Place, the home of the Oilers.

Cozens had 34 goals and 50 assists in 65 games last year for Lethbridge. He was the WHL Rookie of the Year in 2017-18 after compiling 22 goals and 31 assists in 57 games.

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