Leafs Re-Sign Brandon Kozun

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
June 20 2014 03:06PM

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The Toronto Maple Leafs have re-signed forward Brandon Kozun to a one year contract. It's a two-way deal, that sees him earn $550,000 if he is up with the Leafs.
Kozun was acquired from the Los Angeles Kings in January, in a trade that sent Andrew Crescenzi the other way. The move ended up being crucial to the Toronto Marlies in the second half of the season, as he put up 7 goals and 10 assists in 32 games to close out the year. In the playoffs, Kozun added 4 goals and 2 assists in 14 games.

This move is likely an AHL one; he had respectable but not outstanding production, and doesn't appear to have the size that the Leafs lean towards having in the lineup. But keeping the Marlies competitive is vital to the success of the youth, be it via mentorship or games played.

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#1 WesternDP
June 20 2014, 05:52PM
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Good signing, good guy for the Marlies. I might even bring him up for a pre-season game to reward him for being a good soldier with the farm team.

However, this is they type of guy that keeps me from getting too excited about Connor Brown....before Brown has even played a game in the AHL.

Kozun won both the Western Hockey League (WHL) and Canadian Hockey League (CHL) scoring titles in 2009–10. Brown is somewhat bigger and was named the OHL’s outstanding player of the year, but they are both a little small.

Let's see how Brown does in the AHL, before we get too crazy.

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#2 Skill2Envy
June 21 2014, 12:42AM
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I hate to say this, but if he fought he would stand a good chance of making the bottom 6 on the Leafs.

He can clearly play the game. He would be like what Tucker or Domi were.

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#3 WesternDP
June 21 2014, 08:03AM
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Skill2Envy wrote:

I hate to say this, but if he fought he would stand a good chance of making the bottom 6 on the Leafs.

He can clearly play the game. He would be like what Tucker or Domi were.

Kolzun is tiny, 162 pounds or 167 pounds:

http://theahl.com/stats/player.php?id=3824

http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8475295

Domi was 213 pounds:

http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8446454

Tucker was 178 lbs:

http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8459574

All of Tucker's fights probably shortened his career somewhat. That body was banged up near the end.

You don't want somebody as small as Kolzun fighting very often. In most cases, they are over-matched and prone to injury.

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#4 Reds
June 21 2014, 11:50AM
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I agree with DP. And I'm surprised that the anti-fighting crew hasn't jumped all over that one

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