Leafs add some minor-league speed

Brandon Kozun has been a productive AHL winger the past four seasons. (Darren Makowichuk/QMI Agency)

Brandon Kozun has been a productive AHL winger the past four seasons. (Darren Makowichuk/QMI Agency)

LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:35 AM ET

DALLAS - The Maple Leafs’ growing connections to L.A. — ex-Kings executive Tim Leiweke, and the Jonathan Bernier and Peter Holland trades — will now include a Tinseltown-born winger drafted by the Kings.

Brandon Kozun, whose father is American and mother a Canadian, was traded Wednesday to the Leafs for big centre Andrew Crescenzi in a swap of American Hockey Leaguers.

Interestingly, the Leafs are holding mid-season scouting meetings this week in California.

Kozun, a 5-foot-9 winger, was the Calgary Hitmen’s leading scorer and led all Canadian juniors with 107 points when they were Memorial Cup champs in 2010. He was taken 179th overall in the ’09 draft by the Kings and has spent the past four seasons in the AHL with the Manchester Monarchs. He has 10 goals and 29 points in 43 games after hitting 20-plus goals each of the previous three seasons.


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