LAKings.com Prospect Report: WJC Update
|Brandon Kozun is one of four Kings prospects playing for Team Canada at the WJCs.
Last Wednesday, it was announced that four Kings prospects - forwards Brayden Schenn and Brandon Kozun, defenseman Colten Teubert, and goaltender Martin Jones - were named to the Team Canada roster for the World Junior Championships.
With four players on the team, the Kings have the most prospects of any NHL club, speaking to the bright future the team has.
"It just shows that they're future is great," Los Angeles Kings Director of Player Development Nelson Emerson said. "That's what we're excited about. They're showing that they're top, top prospects."
Team Canada has already gotten off to a hot start in the World Junior Championships, which began on Dec. 26 and will run until Jan. 5 in Saskatoon and Regina, Saskatchewan, winning its first three games by significant margins. In the first game, Team Canada routed Latvia 16-0. Then Team Canada defeated Switzerland 6-0, followed by an 8-2 win over Slovakia.
"The whole team is excited," Emerson said. "The games are going to get a little more demanding now. There's no better atmosphere or environment for them. They are going to look back on this experience and it will help them in their careers."
Schenn, selected in the first round (5th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, has tallied one goal and five points with a plus-6 rating so far. In 31 games as the captain of the Brandon Wheat Kings of the WHL, Schenn has scored 14 goals and tallied 49 points with a plus-18 rating. Currently, Schenn is sixth in the WHL in points and tied for second in the league in assists (35).
Schenn made his NHL debut on Nov. 26 in a game against the Vancouver Canucks and did not register a point.
"No matter what team he plays for, he plays the same," Emerson said. "He doesn't get rattled and he plays all 200 feet of the ice."
Kozun, selected in the sixth round (179th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, has enjoyed a tremendous season with the Calgary Hitmen. In 33 games, Kozun has scored 19 goals and notched 44 assists for 63 points with a plus-14 rating. Kozun's 63 points and 44 assists lead the WHL in their respective categories, while his 19 goals are the second most on the team.
He has continued that incredible production in the World Junior Championships, tallying six points on two goals and four assists, with a plus-7 rating.
"He has a non-quit attitude," Emerson said. "He's battled through everything and he just competes harder than the other players."
Teubert, selected in the first round (13th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, is one of six returning Canada players from last years gold medal-winning team. Last season, Teubert and fellow Kings prospect Thomas Hickey, won a gold medal at the World Juniors and Teubert hopes to do so again. While Teubert has yet to record a point, he has a plus-7 rating.
This season, Teubert is with the Regina Pats of the WHL, and has totaled 24 points (6-18=24) and a minus-2 rating in 31 games. Teubert has also totaled 55 penalty minutes so far this season.
Jones will join his Calgary teammate Kozun on Team Canada after a solid season thus far in goal for the Hitmen. In 20 games, Jones has posted a record of 15-5-0, a 2.83 goals-against average, and a .897 save percentage. Jones, an unrestricted free agent signed by the Kings on Oct. 2, 2008, also has one shutout on the season.
Jones started in goal for Team Canada in the win over Slovakia, allowing two goals with a saves percentage of .926.