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Creative playmaker but unlikely to be an NHLer


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January 2024 – While still considered NHL property of the Golden Knights, don’t hold your breath for Dzierkals’ return to North America. Since being acquired in the same three team deal which brought Robin Lehner to Vegas back in 2020, Dzierkals is yet to cross the pond or sign a deal with the team. He currently sits at one goal scored through 23 games with Skellefteå of the SHL this season. Taylor Davis

November 2021 – The 24-year-old Dzierkals has had a relatively impressive scoring season thus far for HC Plzeň of the Czech Extraliga, totaling seven goals and 12 assists in 21 contests. The nearly point-per-game pace far exceeds that of his previous play in the KHL and Liiga (21 goals and 30 assists in 133 games), after his lone North American campaign with the ECHL and AHL in 2017-18. While Vegas holds his draft rights, it seems less-than-likely that the Latvian-born Dzierkals will return soon despite his newly-found points production. Kevin Wickersham  


February 2020 – Dzierkals’ rights were involved in a three-way trade the sent Robin Lehner from Chicago to Las Vegas, with first going through Toronto who shipped Dzierkals to Vegas as well. Dzierkals requested a trade out of Toronto years ago (according to @A_Kalnins) and now finally gets his wish. Pat Quinn


June 2019 – After managing just 36 points in 56 ECHL games in 2017-18, rookie pro Dzierkals took his talents overseas in pursuit of a better chance to succeed. He hasn’t burst back onto our radars but he didn’t fall off a cliff either; his 13 points in the KHL wasn’t bad and he performed well in a short playoff stint. It’s easy to forget the former 3rd-round-pick is only 22-years-old, and while he certainly shouldn’t be owned in even the deepest dynasty leagues, he worth keeping tabs on. Hayden Soboleski


Feb 2018 – Dzierkals struggled to start his professional debut with the Marlies after four scoreless games he was sent off to the Orlando Solar Bears of the ECHL. He has found his game with the Solar Bears with nine goals and ten assists in 24 games this year. Marlies forward depth is such that it is hard to crack but the way Dziekals is playing with Orlando he could be called up any time soon. Brian Harling


October 2017 – The exciting winger’s career is currently in limbo as he is officially playing, nowhere. The Leafs declined to sign him to a contract but still retain his rights for another year as he maintains junior eligibility, he actually signed an AHL contract for the Toronto Marlies but is not included on their official roster nor has he been assigned to the ECHL. When we find him, we will let you know. He had a pretty good prospect camp, but he did get thrown around too while working cycles or when defense got in tight. He showed speed, very high-quality stick skills (picking off/receiving poor passes and dangling defenders) and exciting elusiveness outside the slot. After a pair of years compiling 116 points in 106 games, there is little more junior can offer him. He is ready to play against men and move forward, where ever he ends up. He did play amongst higher quality talent last year in an Olympic qualifying, Dzierkals managed a single goal in a trio of games in Latvia’s failed attempt but one game was against a German team that featured several quality players. The upside remains, but not winning a job anywhere that will take credit for him is an odd scenario to be played out. Jason Banks


February 2016 – Dzierkals is another undersized, tantalizingly skilled, winger that the Leafs have laid a claim to in the third round of last year’s draft. He has been flying high in his rookie season in the QMJHL for the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies with 57 points in 49 games. He currently leads the team with 11 power play goals, but his role has been reduced with the acquisition of Timo Meier. He has just pulled off a pair of games in which he has hit the score sheet a trio of times sandwiching a single point effort. Back in October he was on the score sheet for every game he played on a 14 game point street that seen him compile 24 points. He will have another year to serve in the ‘Q’ before turning pro, but like many smaller forwards he will need to add muscle to his core. He plays the game with a large hockey IQ, extremely shifty at full speed, not afraid to drive into dangerous areas and has a quick release. His bread and butter is high profile one-timer that seems rather precise on top of the velocity it carries. Dzierkals seems like a forward that fits in with the possession game in which the Leafs are trying to emulate. Should he secure a NHL job, he should become the best and most productive player to come from Latvia. Jason Banks

Fantasy Upside 3.5
NHL Certainty 3.0
Country LAT
Position RW
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth April 4, 2018
Height 5‘11”
Weight 170 lbs
Drafted 2015 Round 3; Overall: 68


 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2011-2012 Ogre U17Latvia U1626 59 41100 52|        
 2012-2013 SK Saga 18Latvia U1820 28 3159 16|        
  Latvia U17EYOF3 1 01 6|        
  Latvia U17 (all)International-Jr3 1 01 6|        
 2013-2014 SK Saga 18Latvia U2023 35 3368 43|        
  Latvia U18WJC-18 D1A5 0 22 16|        
  Latvia U18 (all)International-Jr12 6 612 18|        
 2014-2015 Ogre/Saga 18Latvia6 5 510 12|        
  HK RigaMHL32 10 1828 49|Playoffs3 1 01
  Latvia U18WJC-186 3 69 10|        
  Latvia U18 (all)International-Jr7 3 912 12|        
  Latvia U20WJC-20 D1A5 2 24 2|        
  Latvia U20 (all)International-Jr10 4 48 4|        
 2015-2016 Rouyn-Noranda HuskiesQMJHL59 24 4367 42|Playoffs20 7 1017 12 
  Rouyn-Noranda HuskiesMemorial Cup5 1 01 4|        
  Latvia U20WJC-20 D1A5 1 34 4|        
  Latvia U20 (all)International-Jr7 2 68 6|        
 2016-2017 Rouyn-Noranda HuskiesQMJHL47 21 2849 44|Playoffs6 0 22 10 
  Latvia U20WJC-206 1 23 12|        
  LatviaOGQ3 1 01 0|        
  Latvia (all)International4 1 01 0|        
 2017-2018 Toronto MarliesAHL4 0 00 2|        
  Orlando Solar BearsECHL51 15 2136 46|Playoffs7 1 23 19 
 2018-2019 Dinamo RigaKHL42 5 813 22|        
  LiepajaLatvia4 1 45 6|        
  LatviaWC7 0 00 0|        
  Latvia (all)International16 2 13 2|        
 2019-2020 JukuritLiiga39 7 815 16|        
 2020-2021 Dinamo RigaKHL52 10 1424 49|        
  LatviaWC6 2 02 0|        
  Latvia (all)International8 3 03 0|        
 2021-2022 HC PlzenCzechia49 10 2030 34|Playoffs5 0 22
  LatviaOG4 0 00 0|        
  LatviaOGQ1 0 00 0|        
  LatviaWC7 0 44 6|        
  Latvia (all)International22 2 68 15|        
 2022-2023 Motor Ceske BudejoviceCzechia52 7 1421 16|        
  LatviaWC10 2 35 27|        
  Latvia (all)International20 7 613 37|        
 2023-2024 Skellefteå AIKSHL45 2 13 20|Playoffs9 1 12
  Skellefteå AIKChampions HL11 5 38 2|        
  Latvia (all)International2 1 12 0|