Kings coach Murray – ‘Kozun needs to work on his game’

File this one under the peaks and valleys of life.

Just ten days ago, Brandon Kozun was the talk of training camp in Los Angeles. Today, he’s headed back to Manchester, New Hampshire to play in the AHL.

He was the breakout star of the two-game Rookie Tournament against the Phoenix Coyotes – scoring a pair of goals in the first game and setting up all three goals in the second one.

It was a performance that he proudly followed up with by stating ‘I kind of put the ball in their court,’

Readers of MayorsManor liked what they saw – voting him ‘most impressive’ in both games. And Kings coach Terry Murray agreed.

Kozun, a sixth round pick in 2009, then played nearly 13 minutes in the team’s first preseason game – generating zero points and one shot on goal.

After practice yesterday, Murray spoke about the decision to include Kozun in the most recent round of (training camp) roster cuts…

“He has the speed, he has the quickness. Obviously, he can score some goals. But, he needs to go and work on his game,” explained Murray. “He needs to go back down to Manchester, where there’s more time – there’s a lot more to the game than what I just talked about. Those are the areas that are going to take some time and are going to take some attention in order for him to nail that part of it down.”

So, Kozun will play right wing for the Monarchs this season. Who will be his center? That remains to be determined, as Andrei Loktionov remains in camp with the Kings. His short-term fate should be determined in the next few days. Stay tuned.

Kozun is currently ranked fourth on the Kings top ten prospects list. To view the full MayorsManor rankings click here.

Murray also spoke about another highly rated Kings prospect yesterday, Tyler Toffoli. For the coach’s evaluation of his camp performance click here.

The Mayor
www.twitter.com/MayorNHL
www.facebook.com/MayorsManor

RELATED ARTICLES:

Kings prospect Brandon Kozun goes high, low and yard

Brandon Kozun on challenges of physical game

VIDEO: Watch the third period, Rookie Tournament game-two – plus The Mayor on the post-game

  

order here –> MayorsManor Store
View the store to see full line of shirts for men and women, dozen of styles and colors

Recent Articles

NHL RADIO REPLAY: Hoven on Toffoli, McLellan, Expectations for Next Season

Follow @mayorNHL
Enjoy a free replay of John Hoven on NHL Network Radio, where he joined hosts Steve Kouleas and Scott Laughlin on the Power Play to look at many of the key issues currently facing the LA Kings and GM Rob Blake – including: Tyler Toffoli, coach Todd McLellan, Jonathan Quick, Jeff Carter, trade scenarios, […]

July 2019 – LA Kings Lineup Projection, Salary Cap Situation

In most NHL cities, July 1st is equivalent to Christmas morning. Fans across North America get to wake up and hear all about the players headed to their town, ready to put on the sweater of their local team, and bringing hope for the next season.
In Los Angeles, it’s a bit of a waiting game […]

Kings Dev Camp: Who is the One Invitee to Watch Closely Tonight?

Every summer, one of the more intriguing aspects of Kings Development Camp is the short list of players who are invited to attend camp, but aren’t actually property of the team. Typically, these players fall into three categories – undrafted players who are committed to attend college the following season, players who are there as […]

Major News Items

Dev Camp: Chatting Up Turcotte, Kaliyev, Other Kings Prospects

Below are some quick highlights from conversations with various LA Kings prospects at Day 1 of the team's annual Development Camp" Alex Turcotte Selected No. 5 (RD1) of 2019 NHL Draft - scouting notes here Expected … [Read More...]

More Prospect News