Kozak is an athletically gifted kid who didn’t have a big offensive year but took steps in becoming a complete 200-foot player. He has a strong sense of where to be situationally, and even though he’s not the most skilled guy he knows how to leverage his game to get the most out of particular…
|Jun 18/21||Kozak Tyson||22292 – Portland vs. Spokane||WHL||by Kurt Pohs||View Report|
|May 14/21||Kozak Tyson||22095 – Seattle vs. Portland||WHL||by Justin Froese||View Report|
|Nov 14/20||Kozak Tyson||21302 – OCN vs. Dauphin||MJHL||by Justin Froese||View Report|
Kozak is an athletically gifted kid who didn’t have a big offensive year but took steps in becoming a complete 200-foot player. He has a strong sense of where to be situationally, and even though he’s not the most skilled guy he knows how to leverage his game to get the most out of particular scenarios, thanks to a versatile style that allows him to play both on or off the puck. He doesn’t have the cleanest or most dynamic stride, but he’s efficient in knowing when to introduce different aspects of deception. He’s got some functional puck skill to move pucks into functional spots to protect it and make plays, but subtlety and control are the best aspects he has. He often underhandles and looks to get into high-danger areas by working off the dynamism of his linemates and getting geared to play between checks to find himself in a spot where he can come into possession. His shot has good qualities, but he does have issues with getting quality shots off of different release points. As is with his shot, the more complex the passing sequence, the more likelihood there is a margin for error, as his execution wanes when pressed to stretch the ice of find a complex seam. He is always fighting for the best vantage point and is constantly involved in the play, getting on the right side of the puck. His stick work is solid, as is his positioning, which consistently puts him in good spots to support a play or to eliminate high-danger routes. He’s got a physical element, although some of his efforts to erase an opponent via checks result in overboard attempts, which can result in his position being compromised. Plays on both sides of special teams, though he’s not a specialist on either side. Kozak has the upside to be a Bottom 6 forward who can play a multitude of different rolls and play either a finesse or grinding game.