Easton Cowan reveals his goals for the 2024-2025 season

Cameron Brown
July 7, 2024  (7:49 PM)

Easton Cowan, Maple Leafs prospect
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Toronto Maple Leafs 2023 first round draft selection Easton Cowan made his ambitions for the 2024-2025 NHL season very clear following Leafs development camp.

As many may have expected, Cowan is gunning for a spot on the big club next season, instead of looking to return to the OHL's London Knights for another season of junior hockey.
"I want to make the team, that's always been my goal."
Cowan, 19, is coming off of a very impressive season that saw him post 96 points in 54 games, along with 34 points in 18 playoff games en route to an OHL championship with the London Knights, winning OHL MVP along the way. He came into Leafs development camp with much higher expectations and a much stronger frame than the year prior.
According to Cowan himself, he knows what he needs to do to give himself a chance at the NHL level next season.
"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."

Cowan also knows he needs to improve in the defensive zone, much like Fraser Minten. This part of Nick Robertson's NHL game never translated properly, leaving him bouncing in and out of the lineup more often than not.
"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."

Brad Treliving certainly has room on his team for Cowan and perhaps even Minten, but the young forwards will have to earn their way onto the roster with strong play and hard work.