Dylan Cozens is looking forward to learning from Eric Staal.
The Sabres acquired Staal from Minnesota to slot in as their second-line center. As a result, Cozens is projected to start his rookie campaign either centering the third line or serving as a winger. In either scenario, there will be less pressure on Cozens to succeed out of the gate. On top of that, Staal could prove to be a valuable mentor for the 19-year-old forward. "That's huge,” Cozens said of Staal. “You look at his resume and he's won a Stanley Cup and he's been around for a while. He's a veteran in the league so to be able to hopefully go in and learn from him and look up to him as a role model and a guy to show me what it takes to play in the NHL, that'll be huge.” Staal only has one season left on his contract, but in an ideal world for the Sabres, he'll do well in 2020-21 and pave the way for Cozens to play a bigger role in 2021-22. Sep 24 9:17 am (EST)
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