Mark Morris talks about Andreoff, Kozun and Jones September 5, 2013 By John Hoven 2 Comments
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:
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 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.”