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Fantasy Summary

Big-minute defenseman with offensive upside


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June 2022 – Last year was a season for Durzi to remember and one for Kings fans to get excited about the young defender. The team lost Drew Doughty and Alex Edler early in 2021-22 leaving an opportunity for Durzi, which he took advantage of and never looked back. He immediately established his presence by leading all Kings defensemen in powerplay points and quickly became a team leader in ice time. He tallied 27 points in 64 games and created a lot of the Kings’ high danger scoring chances when given the reigns in the offensive zone. His value is not limited to the offensive side of the game, as he put up a hefty 121 blocks, 74 hits, and 119 shots on goal. Those numbers bode well for his value in multi-category formats that include these stats, adding to his upside outside of leagues that primarily value points. Durzi underwent shoulder surgery following the Kings’ elimination from the playoffs but is expected to be ready for training camp in the fall. The only concern for Durzi’s production is the return of Doughty full-time in the fall, which could eat into his powerplay time. Still, Durzi projects to get looks in the top-four while accumulating second powerplay time. He should become a mainstay on the big roster from here on out but could be used as a trade chip given the organizational depth on the right side. He should be considered in the middle to late rounds as a flier to