After playing a supporting role with the Calgary Hitmen in 2003-04, a season where he played both forward and defense, Dustin Kohn made a big impact from the blueline in 2004-05. On a defense that boasted a pair of first round selections from the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, Kohn quickly solidified his position on the club’s top pairing en route to tops among defensemen in scoring with 43 points in 71 games.
The improvement in Kohn’s game came at both ends of the ice. While the 6’1 defenseman saw his offensive output rise from just nine points one season ago, defensively Kohn became much more reliable as well. Involved in all special teams activity, Kohn saw a spike in confidence as the Hitmen coaching staff increased his ice time. Although the Edmonton, AB native finished just two points shy of finishing among the top ten defensemen in the league for total points, it was his top 50 finish in plus/minus that Kohn took even greater pride in.
It was both of these statistics that helped earn Kohn a position on Team Cherry in the CHL Top Prospects game, opening the eyes of many scouts. At the conclusion of the 2004-05 regular season, the Calgary Hitmen named Kohn the club’s top defenseman. Invited to the Canadian Junior Development Camp.
2005-06: Upon joining the Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL), the agile blueliner increased his offensive output from the first half of the season, while also improving his defensive game and that of those around him. Kohn also was selected to play in the ADT Canada-Russia Challenge. His performance was good, but his lack of offensive production over the season was a major factor in being left off Team Canada in the IIHF Under 20 World Championships.
2006-07: Kohn played 61 games with the Brandon Wheat Kings of the WHL. He scored a total 50 points (5 goals, 45 assists) and compiled 75 penalty minutes.
Series of articles chronicling Kohn.
2007-08: Kohn completed his first professional hockey season with Bridgeport Sound (AHL), scoring 12 points in the process. A shoulder injury sidelined him three quarters of the way through the season.
2008-09: In 58 games with Bridgeport, Kohn would tally 17 points.
2009-10: Kohnw ould split the season between Bridgeport and New York, scoring 17 points in the minors, and four assists with the Islanders.
Skilled player, good skater, but work ethic has been an issue.