Mark Morris talks about Andreoff, Kozun and Jones

Will post more later… however, below are some quick quotes from LA Kings Rookie Camp Day 1. These all come via a chat with Manchester Monarchs head coach Mark Morris, who is running things.

On Brandon Kozun:

“He’s been a bit of a project for us, there’s no question about it, but that kid has some unbelievable skill. We’ve had a lot of long talks, and our relationship is very good. He’s honest with me and I think I’m dead honest with him when it comes to down to what I think he needs to do to eventually get a chance at the NHL level. It’s good to see that continuity to have him around. I think we’d be missing a big component this year. I hope he shows well at the main camp, I really do. I hope he turns some heads and scores goals that I know he can score and plays the type of defense he’s capable of. Towards the end of last year, we stuck him out on the penalty kill… I mean he’s grown. He’s becoming a 200-foot player, he’s getting more pucks deep, he’s less risky. He is a special talent and I’d miss him if we lost him.”

On his relationship with Kozun:

“I would say what makes him the player he is is also the same thing that sometimes…there’s an element of stubbornness that has made him a hockey player. He wants to prove people wrong. Size has been something that people have talked about, he doesn’t believe that’s an issue. He’s not the biggest guy but I’ll tell you what- he goes to hard areas and he’ll compete his tail off and I think that’s wonderful. I think it’s a great quality that he has but a lot of times because he takes so much pride in what he is as a player, I think sometimes people may read that wrong. He knows what makes them tick.”

On Andy Andreoff:

“Andy is a very coach-able kid. He has so many different aspects of his game that make him an intriguing prospect. The element of toughness is always going to serve him well, but he’s a good hockey player. He knows how to play in all three zones, he carries the puck through the neutral zone as well as anybody I’ve seen since I’ve been in Manchester. Tough guys around the league respect him, and he enjoys that part of the game, but I don’t think that’s the only part of him. I think he’s a good team guy, he’s well-spoken, he thinks the game. He wants to be good. He makes other people around him better, he just has that quality. He’s one of those guys… you can utilize him on the penalty kill, a power play, short-handed situations, end of the game situations, if the other team wants to dance, he can do that too. He’s a very versatile player for us.”

On what Andreoff needs to do to improve his offensive output:

“Time will take care of that. Strength and quickness. I think his recognition of defensive scenarios or his stability to jump into a hole, to have more urgency. Those are all natural things for young guys to learn. You just have to do things quicker and you have to do it with more conviction. All the pieces are there, he just has to fill in the gaps with quickness and I think time will make him the player everybody expects him to be.”

On the disappointment of Martin Jones not being in camp yet:

“I can’t even…don’t even want to think about that. He’s such a force for us and projects to be one of the top goalies in the American League level and a guy that could probably challenge for a back-up role here. I’m hopeful things work out for him. This is a business and he’s been a great player for us. I don’t know the details, it’s not my position, I just hope that things work out for him. Man, you start in the goal and you work out from there. I’ve been really lucky over the course of my eight years. Jason LaBarbera to Quick and Bernier…Martin Jones. all those guys have been tremendous. Barry Brust was real good for us. You go down the list and we’ve always had great goal-tending and great goal-tending coaches. The work that Billy Ranford and Kim Dillabaugh do with our guys is invaluable.”

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  1. Thanks!! That’s very nice words on BK! Keep tying to keep him in LA-LA boy!!…GKG…


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