Fantasy Summary

Mobile and intelligent defender who moves the puck efficiently. Doesn’t possess overwhelming skill but plays a well-rounded, mature game that should project to a top-four role in the NHL.


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June 2023 – Brzustewicz was selected 75th overall by the Canucks. Pat Quinn


October 2022 – Brzustewicz is the exact type of player a contending team will rush to the podium to draft in the back end of the first round in the 2023 draft. He is a smooth-skating, intelligent right-shot defenseman who is calm under pressure and should be able to play an NHL role sooner than most other defensemen in the class. While he lacks high-end puck skills, a threatening shot, and aggressive transition defensive habits – such as a tight gap – he does a lot of things very well and simplifies the game, which makes him a valuable diffuser of play under forechecking pressure. His skating ability is what enables him to play this style so effectively. Brzustewicz’s edgework is borderline elite, and his stride mechanics are very good – he moves with real fluidity and purpose – which facilitates evading opposing players. Offensive transition is where he shines brightest. Despite keeping his simple style and rarely going for the hail mary stretch pass or taking the puck end-to-end on his own, he finds the best simple plays to gain zone entries, and he does so extremely effectively and subtly. Brzustewicz also has untapped offensive potential, which is starting to make itself clear with seven assists through six games on a struggling Kitchener Rangers team. He will likely never become a first-pairing NHLer, but a ceiling as a dependable second-pairing guy who progresses play very effectively in transition and has some playmaking flashes at even strength is certainly there. Sebastian High

Fantasy Upside 7.5
NHL Certainty 8.5
Country USA
Position D
Roster Type Draft Eligible
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth November 29, 2004
Height 6‘0”
Weight 187 lbs
Drafted No


 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2013-2014 Detroit Red Wings Brick Invitational6 0 44 0|Playoffs1 0 11
 2015-2016 Draftday Hockey Selects U12WSI U129 1 34 8|        
 2016-2017 Detroit Honeybaked QC Int PW5 0 11 2|        
 2017-2018 Honeybaked 13U AAAHPHL 13U17 0 66 0|        
  Draftday Hockey Selects U14 2WSI U149 0 11 -|        
 2018-2019 Honeybaked 14U AAAHPHL 14U20 8 2735 8|        
  Draftday Selects U15 WSI U159 1 23 0|        
 2019-2020 Team Navy USA-S154 2 35 4|        
  Oakland Jr. Grizzlies 15U AAAHPHL 15U10 3 69 2|        
  Oakland Jr. Grizzlies 15U AAA15U AAA66 15 96111 -|        
  USA U16 YOG4 0 33 2|        
 2020-2021 U.S. National U17 TeamNTDP3 0 22 0|        
 2021-2022 Team White USA-S171 0 00 2|        
  U.S. National U18 TeamNTDP55 2 1820 10|        
  USNTDP JuniorsUSHL25 0 99 0|        
  USA U18Hlinka Gretzky Cup4 0 33 0|        
  USA U18WJC-185 0 22 2|        
 2022-2023 Kitchener RangersOHL68 6 5157 12|Playoffs9 0 44
 2023-2024 Kitchener RangersOHL- - -- -|