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.


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February 2022- Appleton has been about what was expected for the Seattle Kraken as we sit at the All-Star Break. He has played in 32 games so far, providing 12 points for a season pace of 31. He’s putting up just over a shot, and less than a hit and block per game. This is right in line for Appleton’s career paces and he’s playing about the same number of minutes per game as he did when he raised an eye brow or two in Winnipeg last year. His linemates have only been lightly better this year (Marcus Johansson, Alex Wennberg, Yanni Gourde lining up most commonly beside him) vs last (Adam Lowry, Andrew Copp and Mathieu Perreault with the Jets). He’s started about a third of his shifts in the offensive zone, and has performed decently in a defensive sense, but doesn’t provide enough banger stats or faceoff wins (7) to roster. Appleton likely isn’t a top or middle tier option in your leagues. Alex Wyatt

October 2021 – Appleton has been seeing time on the wing beside Morgan Geekie in a top six role as camp continues. A top six role for Appleton would boost his value. It remains to be seen what final line ups will look like for the Kraken, so keep that in mind.  If the deployment holds up, Appleton could be worth a grab in the later rounds of a deep enough league as we head towards the opener. Alex Wyatt


July 2021 – Appleton has been selected in the expansion draft and will join the Seattle Kraken organization. Dave Hall


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

Fantasy Upside 7.0
NHL Certainty 9.5
Country USA
Position C
Roster Type NHL
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth January 15, 1996
Height 6‘2”
Weight 201 lbs
Drafted 2015 Round 6; Overall: 168


 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2010-2011 Ashwaubenon High USHS-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