Another day, another move by Kings general manager Dean Lombardi to secure the franchise’s future. Lombardi re-signed minor-league forward Brandon Kozun to a one-season contract Wednesday, one day after coming to terms with defenseman Slava Voynov on a six-year extension worth $25 million. Kozun and Voynov are each 23.
Kozun had 56 points (26 goals, 30 assists) in 74 games last season for the Manchester (N.H.) Monarchs of the American Hockey League. He was second on the club in points, goals and assists. He also had a plus-minus defensive rating of plus-12. Linden Vey led the Monarchs with 67 points, including a team-best 45 assists. Tyler Toffoli scored a team-leading 28 goals. So, Kozun was in excellent company.
A Los Angeles native, Kozun played four seasons with the junior-level Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League and completed his third full season with Manchester this past season. He was the Kings’ sixth-round pick (179th overall) in 2009.