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Sabres return top prospect Cozens to Lethbridge of WHL

Dylan Cozens

Buffalo Sabres center Dylan Cozens (42) controls the puck during the first period of an NHL preseason hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Monday, Sept.16, 2019, in State College, Pa. Buffalo won 5-4. (AP Photo/John Beale)


BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Sabres have returned their top prospect Dylan Cozens to his Canadian junior team.

The rookie first-round draft pick was assigned to Lethbridge of the Western Hockey League on Thursday after the 18-year-old center had no points in three preseason games with Buffalo.

Cozens was selected with the seventh overall pick in the draft in June, and became the first player from Canada’s Yukon Territory to be chosen in the first round. He scored 34 goals and had a Lethbridge-leading 84 points in 68 games last year.

The Sabres close the preseason at Pittsburgh on Saturday before returning to opening the regular season there on Thursday.