After all of the crazy rumours running wild suggesting that Leafs send one of their top forwards packing simply because he played a bunch of games and did not score a point (hey, just like half the rest of the team), now this.
They have seemingly decided to go about building a championship-contending hockey club simply by trading for young guys whom nobody here has a clue who the hell they are lol. Are you seeing the humour/logic here? kind of just like building a team through the entry draft.
The Leafs acquired winger Brandon Kozun from the Los Angeles Kings for centre Andrew Crescenzi last night.
Kozun has 26 goals and 30 assists in 74 games with the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League this year.
The five-foot-eight, 180-pound Kozun was drafted by the Kings in the sixth round in 2009.
Crescenzi was signed as a free agent from the Kitchener Rangers.
He had one goal in 15 games with the Toronto Marlies.
The 5’8, 180-pound Kozun has been a regular AHL points contributor but has yet to play an NHL game.
He has amassed 179 points in 264 AHL games. Some offensive firepower for the Marlies here, from the looks of things, as Kozun is from all reports a skilled little winger but perhaps lacking the size and strength required to crack an NHL roster anywhere but the top 6. It can be hard for players in Kozun’s position to get his foot in the door on an NHL roster for that reason. The scouting reports indicate
his skating speed isn’t high end, either, which would be a big inhibitor for a small player.
I think David Nonis is onto something here, rather than trying to trade their proven guys in order to land someone else’s proven guy, try the reverse logic; trade your minor league guy to a team that has won something for one of their minor league guys!
Crescenzi had a goal and an assist, along with 33 penalty minutes in 32 games this season with the Maple Leafs’ AHL affiliate the Toronto Marlies. Crescenzi played parts of the last three seasons with the Marlies. The Thornhill, Ont., native was signed by the Maple Leafs as a free agent on Sept. 24, 2010.