Sabres first-round pick sustains nasty hand injury

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A week ago, Dylan Cozens was the first Yukon-born player to be selected in the first round of the NHL Draft.

A week later, he’s the first Yukon-born player to be selected in the first round of the NHL Draft who also received a nasty hand injury during his team’s ensuing development camp.

Taken seventh overall by Jason Botterill and the Buffalo Sabres, Cozens represents a key piece to the Sabres future. At the moment, however, his immediate future holds some rehabilitation to his left hand.

According to Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News, Cozens picked up the injury after assisting on a goal by another Sabres prospect. He was upended on the play and, well, here’s the aftermath.

Thumbs are not supposed to look like that. Fortunately for Cozens and the Sabres, it’s not broken.

“It’s good,” Cozens said via Buffalo Hockey Beat. “I saw the videos and stuff. I think it looked a lot worse than it really was. I’m seeing a specialist Monday. Right when it happened, I wanted to right back out there.”

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Scott Billeck is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @scottbilleck.