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LA Kings Right Wing Prospect Brandon Kozun Is Finally Growing Up
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04-18-2013, 11:57 AM
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This is from the days of the third line being the dedicated checking, or defensive line. Lines change all the time, and DS has shown a lot of faith in most players on this team to be out there in those situations. Frankly, as long as Stoll is out there for the draw, that's usually as far as DS goes in really worrying about the situation of a defensive draw (unless it's late in the game or at a critical point, when he may send out two or three centres). Guys like Lewis and Richardson have been on the 3rd line this season, and neither are big (granted, bigger than Kozun, but who isn't). It's not all about size.
Sometimes a little speed and jam on those checking assignments is big, getting to loose pucks quicker, getting out to the point quicker. If Kozun wants to make it in this league, he'll need to start on the 3rd line and I think he's capable, unlike you or the writer. A guy like Larose is a prime example.
In addition with our teams overall size having one 5'9" inch (his actual measured size at the start of this season according to insurance doc is listed as 69.4 inches) on any line isn't a big deal at all.
Kozun is an agitator and plays a solid physical game along with his scoring prowess. He is a perfect third liner. What he lacks in size he makes up for in speed, positioning and tenacity. He doesn't get injured too often and plays with grit. He is ten times the player that King is in every way except size and like I said, size can be balanced by his line mates.
The game has changed from the old days where you needed to have 3 big heavies for your 3rd line. Your 3rd line today should be a mix of defencive capability and offencive potential seasoned with some grit.
LaRose is a great example KF. ( I think I just repeated what you said for the most part).
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