Martins Dzierkals

Toronto Maple Leafs
image courtesy of the National Post

Fantasy Summary

Creative playmaker but unlikely to be an NHLer


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 5.5
NHL Certainty 2.0
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

Observations

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


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2012-2013 SK Saga 18 Latvia U18 20 28 31 59 16 |          
  Latvia U17 EYOF 3 1 0 1 6 |          
  Latvia U17 (all) International-Jr 3 1 0 1 6 |          
 2013-2014 SK Saga 18 Latvia U20 23 35 33 68 43 |          
  Latvia U18 WJC-18 D1A 5 0 2 2 16 |          
  Latvia U18 (all) International-Jr 12 6 6 12 18 |          
 2014-2015 Ogre/Saga 18 Latvia 6 5 5 10 12 |          
  HK Riga MHL 32 10 18 28 49 | Playoffs 3 1 0 1
  Latvia U18 WJC-18 6 3 6 9 10 |          
  Latvia U18 (all) International-Jr 7 3 9 12 12 |          
  Latvia U20 WJC-20 D1A 5 2 2 4 2 |          
  Latvia U20 (all) International-Jr 10 4 4 8 4 |          
 2015-2016 Rouyn-Noranda Huskies QMJHL 59 24 43 67 42 | Playoffs 20 7 10 17 12 
  Rouyn-Noranda Huskies M-Cup 5 1 0 1 4 |          
  Latvia U20 WJC-20 D1A 5 1 3 4 4 |          
  Latvia U20 (all) International-Jr 7 2 6 8 6 |          
 2016-2017 Rouyn-Noranda Huskies QMJHL 47 21 28 49 44 | Playoffs 6 0 2 2 10 
  Latvia U20 WJC-20 6 1 2 3 12 |          
  Latvia OGQ 3 1 0 1 0 |          
  Latvia (all) International 4 1 0 1 0 |          
 2017-2018 Toronto Marlies AHL 4 0 0 0 2 |          
  Orlando Solar Bears ECHL 51 15 21 36 46 | Playoffs 7 1 2 3 19 
 2018-2019 Dinamo Riga KHL 42 5 8 13 22 |          
  Liepaja Latvia 4 1 4 5 6 |          
  Latvia (all) International 3 1 1 2 0 |          

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