The Sabres drafted Dylan Cozens seventh overall in 2019. ©2020, Micheline Veluvolu, Rochester Americans

Sabres prospect Dylan Cozens named Eastern Conference Player of the Year

A dynamic junior season in which Buffalo Sabres prospect Dylan Cozens scored 38 goals and 85 points in 51 games has earned him Western Hockey League Eastern Conference Player of the Year honors.

Cozens, a Lethbridge Hurricanes center, is a finalist for the Four Broncos Memorial Trophy, an award given annually to the player who enjoyed the WHL’s best regular season. The winner will be named May 20.

Sabres winger Sam Reinhart won the trophy following his 2013-14 season with the Kootenay Ice.

The Sabres drafted Cozens, 19, seventh overall in 2019.

The 6-foot-3, 185-pound Cozens led the Hurricanes in scoring and tied for fifth in the league in goals and ranked seventh in points. The Yukon native’s 1.67 points per game topped the Eastern Conference.

The COVID-19 pandemic forced the WHL to cancel its postseason.

On the nine-year anniversary of the Sabres’ last playoff win, NBC Sports Network will rebroadcast their 4-3 overtime triumph against the Philadelphia Flyers – Game 5 of the 2011 Eastern Conference quarterfinal – Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.

Tyler Ennis’ second goal of the night helped the Sabres grab a 3-2 series lead April 22, 2011. The Sabres, of course, dropped the final two games.

That was their last playoff appearance.

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