Dylan Cozens was drafted seventh overall last month. ©2019, Erica Perreaux, Lethbridge Hurricanes

Sabres prospect Dylan Cozens to have procedure on thumb

BUFFALO – Top Sabres draft pick Dylan Cozens will undergo a procedure Wednesday on the thumb he injured during development camp, the team announced today.

The Sabres will provide an estimated recovery time later this week.

Cozens, the seventh overall selection last month, hurt his left thumb when defenseman Brandon Hickey hip-checked him during Saturday’s three-on-three tournament inside Harborcenter.

After Cozens, 18, got up from the ice, he removed his glove and examined his thumb, which was bent awkwardly. The center then went to the dressing room and didn’t return.

Later in the day, Cozens kept his hands in the pockets of his hoody while being interviewed. He appeared to be wearing a splint.

Cozens said then his thumb wasn’t broken and he would see a specialist Monday.

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