After two years as a professional, Kings prospect Brandon Kozun continues to mature as a player and a person. Selected by GM Dean Lombardi in the sixth round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Kozun tore up the WHL during his final two years of junior hockey – and was named the 2010 WHL and CHL Player of the Year. Then, each of the last two years in Manchester he posted at least 20 goals.
Now, the 22-year old right wing sees his role transitioning from a young rookie player in the AHL to one of the guys who can help transition several of the Monarchs new players into the pro game this season – names like Andy Andreoff, Tanner Pearson, Nikolay Prokhorkin and Tyler Toffoli.
On today’s show we’ll talk about those changes as well as a these topics:
- LA Kings assistant coaches participating in the Monarchs training camp
- Changes still being felt from the Darryl Sutter hire
- Martin Jones taking over the full-time goaltending job
- How Jordan Nolan, Andrei Loktinov and Slava Voynov are dealing with being in the AHL
- Voynov’s ongoing efforts to learn the English language
- Having so many new players on the Monarchs roster this season
- His impressions of the early play from Andreoff, Toffoli and Pearson
- Not being invited by the Kings to take part in the Black Aces last spring
- Key games coming up on the Monarchs schedule (including a game vs. Ray Kaunisto)
- Growing up a Kings fan and his surprising connections to the organization
- A possible call-up to LA and more.
Get ready, here we go…
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Recently, we’ve had several Monarchs players on MayorsManor radio – including Toffoli and Jake Muzzin. If you missed any of those shows, click here to see the full list. Some of the Kings players have also been dropping by too – guys like Dustin Penner, Alec Martinez and Colin Fraser.
Plus, Monarchs head coach Mark Morris came on the show and provided lots of commentary on all of the Kings top prospects. So, give it a listen here.
We’ll be back tomorrow with an all new show featuring Kings sniper Jeff Carter.