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Easton Cowan makes a statement on his plans for the 2024-25 season


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Ryan Smitheram
July 7, 2024  (2:29 PM)
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Easton Cowan made quite the statement following Maple Leafs Development Camp, which wrapped up on Sunday, confirming his plans for 2024-25.

Cowan is looking to make the Toronto Maple Leafs out of training camp this fall, rather than going back to play another year of junior hockey with the London Knights.
"I want to make the team, that's always been my goal," said the 2023 first-round pick.

After winning the OHL championship and being named OHL MVP, Cowan entered development camp with a much bigger frame that he entered development and training camp with last year and knows what he has to do to earn a spot on the Leafs' roster.
"I've just got to come into camp, be a very reliable player, someone the coach can trust. I've just got to learn game management a bit better, and I think I'll be good."

Part of the game management is on the defensive side of the puck, which is something Cowan says he has been working on.
"More stops and starts, kind of opening up my body towards the check instead of turning my back, just having a head on a swivel at all times and really just getting it in at the blue line, getting out at the blue line," Cowan explained. "Little plays like that really go a long way with coaches."

The defensive side of the puck is where Cowan and even Fraser Minten need to be most aware of, as that area is what has caused Nick Robertson to be in and out of the lineup with the Leafs the past couple of seasons. While GM Brad Treliving is not handing out spots to Cowan and Minten, the Leafs do have the flexibility to give one or both of them a spot if they earn it.
Source: The Athletic
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Easton Cowan makes a statement on his plans for the 2024-25 season

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