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Fantasy Summary

A smooth-skating defender who has incredible mobility and puck skill. He will likely be a slow burn as he develops but the upside is legit and there is powerplay quarterbacking potential in the young Belarusian’s game.


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July 2021 – Kuzmin was selected in the third round, 82nd overall by the Winnipeg Jets in the 2021 NHL Draft. Dave Hall

April 2021 – Dmitri Kuzmin isn’t a well-known commodity yet but if his first couple of games at the World Under-18s is an indication, he will be soon. The Belarusian defender was a player tabbed by some as a possible breakout candidate at the event and some incredible puck movement and a ‘Michigan’/lacrosse goal against the Swiss have done just that. The young defender is extremely mobile and works off his edges with incredible efficiency. He changes speeds well and attacks in all three zones. Even playing defensively, he carries a mindset of attack and aggression. He understands that because he is somewhat limited by his size as a defender – standing just 5’10” and 176lbs – he has to play aggressively, close gaps, and get in there with his stick in a controlled and intelligent manner. He is inconsistent defensively but he shows all of the traits and puts it together enough that there is faith that he should be able to be a skilled, modern defensive presence. His real value comes after he makes that initial play in transition to stop