Jonathan Kozub

Fantasy Summary

Plays with a fast pace and has great vision on the ice to find his teammates with a crisp pass; an offensive threat wherever he is on the ice.


Observations

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February 2020 – Appleton has started to find consistency on the Jets roster, recently earning more minutes in a second line role with counterparts Nikolaj Ehlers and Blake Wheeler. He hasn’t broke out as a scorer at the NHL level just yet, but if he continues to get top six minutes, there is certainly some fantasy upside. Jamie Zadow

March 2019 – The Jets returned Appleton to the AHL at the start of the month. The young forward was the odd man out after the team acquired Kevin Hayes, Par Lindholm and Matt Hendricks on trade deadline day. Jamie Zadow

January 2019 – Appleton earned himself a December call-up to the Jets roster after a hot start in the AHL with 18 points in 19 games. He is seemingly making the most of every opportunity that comes his way, and for now he is playing a bottom six role, but head coach Paul Maurice has praised the young forward from the get-go. Jamie Zadow

May 2018 – The former Michigan State Spartan could turn out to be one of the greatest steals of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. The Jets picked Appleton in the sixth round that year, and since then he’s scored everywhere he’s been. He amassed 53 points in 72 games in his short stint at the collegiate level — he was named team captain ahead of his junior year with the Spartans — and followed that up with a sensational rookie season with the Moose where he led the team in scoring with 66 points in 76 games. It’s no secret that Appleton possesses the shot, speed and vision necessary to succeed at the NHL level. He’s one of the most versatile prospects in the Jets organization and can play in all situations, whether on the powerplay or penalty kill. At just 22, he’s further along than many at his age, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him get a call from the Jets at some point this season. Jamie Zadow 

April 2018 — What a rookie year in the AHL it has been for the Michigan State product. Appleton leads the Moose with 61 points in 71 games this season. Appleton is an extremely versatile player and possesses the shot, speed and vision necessary to succeed at the NHL level. A former 6th-round pick in 2015, the Jets may have found themselves a “diamond in the rough” moving forward. Jamie Zadow

September 2017 – It was a bit of a surprise to see Appleton turn pro this year after being named captain ahead of his junior year at Michigan State. He has plenty of offensive upside and led the Spartans in goals, assists and points last year. At 21, he still has time to develop at the pro level and will likely make the most of his time with the Manitoba Moose in the AHL this season. Jamie Zadow

August 2017 – Appleton is a smooth-skating center that can play in all situations – including the power play and penalty kill – and has played all three forward positions over the past two years at Michigan State. As a sophomore last season, he led the Spartans in scoring with 12 goals and 31 assists in 35 games. That was enough for the Jets organization as they signed Appleton to a three-year entry level contract this summer and he will debut in the AHL this fall with the Manitoba Moose. The 21-year-old possesses great vision when quarterbacking the power play and should find himself contributing on the man advantage with the Moose this season. Jamie Zadow

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 7.5
NHL Certainty 8.0
Country USA
Position C
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth January 15, 1996
Height 6‘2”
Weight 201 lbs
Drafted 2015 Round 6; Overall: 168

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2010-2011 Ashwaubenon HighUSHS-WI23 15 2338 12|Playoffs3 2 57
 2011-2012 Notre Dame Academy USHS-WI24 10 3242 15|Playoffs6 2 35
 2012-2013 Notre Dame Academy USHS-WI23 15 2136 19|Playoffs5 5 49
  Team Wisconsin 16U AAA16U AAA15 5 1419 8|        
 2013-2014 Notre Dame Academy USHS-WI23 26 3460 6|Playoffs5 4 610 14 
  Team Wisconsin UMHSEHL21 1 910 16|Playoffs3 1 01
 2014-2015 Tri-City StormUSHL54 12 2840 84|Playoffs7 4 48 12 
 2015-2016 Michigan State Univ.NCAA37 5 1722 32|        
 2016-2017 Michigan State Univ.NCAA35 12 1931 37|        
 2017-2018 Manitoba MooseAHL76 22 4466 57|Playoffs2 0 11
 2018-2019 Winnipeg JetsNHL36 3 710 4|        
  Manitoba MooseAHL40 15 1732 24|        
 2019-2020 Winnipeg JetsNHL46 5 38 20|Playoffs1 0 00
  Manitoba MooseAHL4 0 11 0|        
 2020-2021 Winnipeg JetsNHL- - -- -|        

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