Let’s Talk About Andy Andreoff, Brandon Kozun & Drew Doughty
One kid who impressed Dean Lombardi at development camp was Andy Andreoff, a 6 foot tall, 185 pound center who plays a nice two-way game and has that “Clifford” edge about him. While he is still young and probably not ready for a bottom 6 role, Andy turned heads and not the traditional way he is used to doing it – the latter being planting his fist to the opponent’s right cheek.
Brandon Kozun should bring everything he has to training camp…and nobody should have to remind him of that for him to know it. The coaches like him. Lombardi likes him. I love him…and my vote doesn’t count. Brandon has every bit of the Martin St. Louis potential within that alleged 5’8″, 180 pound frame and in this NHL, the one that places a premium on speed and scoring ability & not necessarily size, a third or fourth line wing position is his to lose this coming season. Before you tell me, “but he’s still too young…” He’s 21. If he is mentally ready, he is ready.
Here is something else you can “relax” about regarding Drew Doughty – he is hard at work on his workout regime, the one our strength and conditioning coach Tim Adams assigned, and I hear Drew has every intention of coming into camp in top shape. For those who have engaged in intense cardio workouts on the sand and have had the pleasure of being in the weight room every day doing switch outs, you very much feel Drew’s pain…and gain.