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12-02-2009, 01:03 PM
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Kozun could've played for Team USA

Might be a little bittersweet for you guys given most are American, but prospect Brandon Kozun could've suited up for Team USA at the WJC's.

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He has dual citizenship, he can do whatever he wants. If I had them both, I would choose Canada too. It would be like choosing Team USA if you were going to play in a world junior basketball tournament. Plus it is his birthplace - can't argue with that.

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Kozun, your in the doghouse now.

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He has dual citizenship, he can do whatever he wants. If I had them both, I would choose Canada too. It would be like choosing Team USA if you were going to play in a world junior basketball tournament. Plus it is his birthplace - can't argue with that.
Wasn't he born in Los Angeles?

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Wasn't he born in Los Angeles?
yeah - Los Angeles, Manitoba

sheesh!

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Wasn't he born in Los Angeles?
Yeah, and lived there until he was about 10 years old when he moved to Canada. Much like the Tyler Myers situation.

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yeah - Los Angeles, Manitoba

sheesh!
I drove through there once.

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I drove through there once.
I knew this girl...

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I knew this girl...
both of which... a LOT like the Sepulveda Basin.

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Rather than starting a new thread, I guess I'll ask here.

Was Kozun mainly chosen so late due to his small size?

He had so many points in a physical league though, it's hard to imagine that his size was that big of a deal. I mean, 6th round considering all his points?

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Wasn't he born in Los Angeles?
Yeah, I misspoke, I meant that he grew up there through his adult years. I am sure he identifies himself more to Canada than he does to the States. Regardless, it is not a very big deal in my opinion. He can play where he wants.

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Rather than starting a new thread, I guess I'll ask here.

Was Kozun mainly chosen so late due to his small size?

He had so many points in a physical league though, it's hard to imagine that his size was that big of a deal. I mean, 6th round considering all his points?
He was draft eligible in 2008 already.

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Didn't we argue about this already back in August??

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Yeah, and lived there until he was about 10 years old when he moved to Canada. Much like the Tyler Myers situation.

Sure, he was only 10.

But it was too late!
His growth was already stunted by the hottubs
and extra-exposure to moonbeams out there
on the SoCal coast.

He only made it to about 5'8".

But hey, Bruce Lee was about 5'7",
and he did alright.

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Was Kozun mainly chosen so late due to his small size?

He had so many points in a physical league though, it's hard to imagine that his size was that big of a deal. I mean, 6th round considering all his points?
Imagine it's mostly a size issue. For every Steve Sullivan or Marty St. Louis, there seem to many more undersized guys who don't seem to make it. It's a big leap from dominating 17-20 year olds (90% of whom won't make the NHL) to competing against the best hockey players in the world.

Corey Locke had 151 points in his draft year while Eric Staal had 98. But Locke fell into the 4th round and has one NHL game on his resume to date.

Kozun put up a ton of points last year, but I'm sure some discredited it since he was "already" 18 going 19, when most of the draftees were 17 going on 18. Plus Calgary was relatively loaded last year with guys like Brett Sonne, Paul Postma, Keith Seabrook, and Alex Plante. So scouts probably thought Kozun's points total were a bit inflated since he was playing on a stacked team.

But it's a good sign that Kozun has put up even better numbers with those other guys turning pro this year. He's still got an uphill battle to make the NHL, but he's progressing about as well as one could hope.

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