Joseph Duszak

Toronto Maple Leafs
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Fantasy Summary

Point-scoring d-man who can run a pro power-play


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 7.0
NHL Certainty 5.5
Country USA
Position D
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth July 22, 1997
Height 5‘10”
Weight 185 lbs
Drafted No

Observations

March 2020 – After initially looking like another ECHL/AHL swinger prospect stuck in a deep Leafs system, Duszak played his way into a full-time prominent AHL role. His 35 points in 34 ECHL contests was too good to leave there much longer, especially once Sandin and Liljegren got called up to the NHL. In their absence, Duszak became a reliable producer (18 points in 23 games), as was frequently seen on the powerplay (8 PPP). He won’t be fighting for an NHL spot just yet, but he clearly belongs in the pros and his fantasy indicators are strong (he likes the puck, and he averages 1 PIM and 2 SOG per game). Keep him on your radar for another year, because he is trending upward. Hayden Soboleski

 

November 2019 – Duszak didn’t spend long in the AHL, getting assigned to the ECHL Growlers after only two contests. As should be expected, he is tearing up the lower-tier league with 10 points in 10 games from the back end. He is a probably candidate to see some time with the Marlies at some point later this season, but is still a few years away from NHL fantasy relevance. Hayden Soboleski

 

September 2019 – After an extended look in training camp and pre-season, Duszak has been assigned to the Marlies for the 2019-20 campaign as expected. The college signing was in and out of the lineup during the Marlies’ playoff run and has shown well in snippets. Offensive fantasy potential is there, but it’s a deep system so he needs to stand out. Hayden Soboleski

 

March 2019 – The Maple Leafs have signed NCAA Free Agent Joe Duszak to an ELC.

 

Duszak has accumulated 47 points in 37 NCAA games this season – tops in the league. The knock on this is that he plays in a weak division so his quality of competition isn’t outstanding (that being said, it also means he has less to work with on his own squad). He checks the boxes of a modern d-man: he can skate well enough to join the rush, and can pass well enough to move the puck up the ice, but struggles in his own end especially when trying to physically overpower opponents going to the net. Expect at least a year on the Marlies to see how he looks against pro players. Hayden Soboleski


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2011-2012 Portledge School USHS-Prep 21 1 2 3 - |          
 2012-2013 Portledge School USHS-Prep 18 3 10 13 - |          
  Suffolk PAL Juniors EmJHL 34 1 18 19 20 | Playoffs 3 0 2 2
 2013-2014 P.A.L. Junior Islanders 18U USPHL 18U 13 0 14 14 24 |          
  P.A.L. Junior Islanders USPHL Premier 34 1 16 17 22 | Playoffs 3 1 1 2
  Portledge School USHS-Prep 4 3 5 8 - |          
 2014-2015 P.A.L. Junior Islanders USPHL Premier 50 18 39 57 74 | Playoffs 2 1 1 2
  Portledge School USHS-Prep 15 28 26 54 - |          
 2015-2016 P.A.L. Junior Islanders USPHL Premier 42 14 46 60 107 | Playoffs 2 2 2 4 14 
  Chicago Steel USHL 2 0 1 1 0 |          
 2016-2017 Mercyhurst Univ. NCAA 29 5 16 21 34 |          
 2017-2018 Mercyhurst Univ. NCAA 35 9 22 31 22 |          
 2018-2019 Mercyhurst Univ. NCAA 37 16 31 47 42 |          
  Toronto Marlies AHL 2 0 0 0 2 | Playoffs 4 1 0 1
 2019-2020 Toronto Marlies AHL 23 3 15 18 24 |          
  Newfoundland Growlers ECHL 34 9 26 35 34 |          

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