Brandon Kozun, RW
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Drafted: 2009 by Los Angeles Kings, 179th Overall
July 2015 – Kozun finally made his way into the NHL with the Maple Leafs but did not show himself effective. An injury derailed his season and he never got into the grove he showed in training camp where he was a very driven player. Upon finding himself back in the AHL, his production regressed from where it should have been to the point he was never seen as an option to an AHL playoff run. Toronto’s management made clear he was not coming back and before NHL Free Agency, he took off and signed in the KHL with Finnish club Jokerit where he will try and gain more exposure and experience for his dwindling outlook on an NHL career. Jason Banks
January 2014 – The Kings dealt Kozun to the Maple Leafs. With 29 points in 43 AHL games, the diminutive Kozun was the second-leading scorer on the low-scoring Monarchs. In the Toronto system, he stands a better chance of an NHL career than he had in Los Angeles. Dobber
September 2013 – Coming off a third straight successful AHL season, Kozun finished second in Monarch scoring with 26 goals and 56 points in 74 games. He is one member of a group of skilled Kings prospect competing for a chance to show their stuff at the NHL level. The diminutive winger will need to continue to buy his time in the minors and develop physical strength so that he’s at his best when his NHL chance comes calling. Kozun and his fellow competitors will need to make a lasting impression quickly because of how competitive the Kings system currently is. His skill set best projects as a top-six player and that could hurt Kozun’s chances at cracking an NHL roster, especially considering this upcoming season will be his fourth AHL campaign. Brendan Ross
January 2013 – Kozun is yet another example of an undersized and undervalued player that needs to fight for every opportunity he gets. He was an elite junior player for the Calgary Hitmen scoring 337 points in 274 games in three and a half years. In 2009, he had a strong showing for Canada’s Under-20 roster with seven points in six games. His AHL career has been very solid and has a pair of seasons of 45-plus points and production in both playoff runs. This season he is on pace for over 50 points as top liner for Manchester. He will need to continue to work hard to be call up for the Kings, but being a hometown player, and very experienced 22 year old player at this point in his career, it would not be overly surprising. LA has given lesser players opportunities before. He may make an excellent third line offensive option once he is given an opportunity. Despite his size he has been very durable playing in 467 games in the past five-and-a-half years averaging 84 games per season which is notable because one of the fears of smaller players is that they can be out muscled and injured by bigger opponents. Jason Banks
Given the opportunity, he could be a reasonably productive undersized player worthy of consideration.
Small sample size of Kozun’s work in Manchester.
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