Rick Kozak, one of the younger members of the 2003 NHL draft class, got better and better as the following season went along. Pointless and prone to bad penalties in his first four games for Brandon after coming over from Prince George, he improved steadily thereafter and his solid playoff performance raised hopes that the aggressive rookie has only begun to tap his abilities.
A relatively obscure player coming out Swan Valley in Manitoba Junior Hockey League, Kozak earned his keep in his first WHL season by throwing his weight around and going to the net; which earned him powerplay time for the Wheat Kings.
Kozak plays a very "western Canadian" style of hockey. He's tough as rawhide. He's not afraid of giving or taking hits, he'll drop the gloves, and he'll battle his way to the slot. As he adds more strength, those tasks should become easier. He's not a highlight reel player but he'll get his nose dirty and go to battle for his team.