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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 build off his successful rookie season. Sean Crocker

 

October 2019 – Durzi was cut from the Kings training camp and assigned to the Ontario Reign of the AHL. He will be a part of a young blue line in Ontario and acclimate himself to hockey at the pro level. Durzi is part of a crowded Reign back end with nine defenceman on the roster. He should see regular playing time throughout the season. He sustained an injury in the first game of the 2019-2020 season and is now out week-to-week, which could put him behind the eight ball with other defenceman ready to seize their opportunity as he recovers. Julian Mongillo

 

April 2019 – Sean Durzi, who was acquired by the Los Angeles Kings at the trade deadline, has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the team. The right shot defenceman has plenty of offensive promise and strong puck-moving skills. He will finish out the year with the Guelph Storm as they continue their playoff run. He is poised to begin his pro career in the upcoming 2019-2020 season. Julian Mongillo

 

January 2019 – Durzi was traded from Toronto to Los Angeles as part of the deal where Jake Muzzin was dealt to Toronto.  Jokke Nevalainen

 

January 2019 – Durzi has been traded to the Guelph Storm who are loading up for the playoffs. This is a good opportunity to see how the point-per-game d-man fares on his first new team in over 3 years. Hayden Soboleski

 

October 2018 – Durzi will wear an ‘A’ for the Attack this season in the OHL. Minimal fantasy impact, but bodes well for character and being trusted by coaching staff. Hayden Soboleski

 

September 2018 – After a strong camp but average pre-season Durzi has been reassigned to the OHL for the 2018-19 campaign. He was briefly loaned to the Marlies, leading to speculation he may sign an ELC and play there, but the AHL blueline was too crowded so he will wait another year. After tearing up the Junior ranks last season, his goal this season will be bigger minutes. This isn’t a step back by any means, so don’t panic, he will step into pro just fine in 2019-20.  Hayden Soboleski

June 2018 – The Leafs have taken Sean Durzi with the 52nd overall pick. Like the Sandin pick, Durzi is a relatively safe bet to become a useful pro, but is unlikely to be more than a 2nd-pairing d-man. He had an outstanding OHL season as a 19-year-old (which is a big asterisk), including playing big minutes, and he has some good offensive weapons in his holster. Likely to be fantasy relevant one day, but not worth drafting yet outside very deep leagues. Hayden Soboleski

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 6.2
NHL Certainty 7.2
Country CAN
Position D
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth October 9, 1998
Height 6‘0”
Weight 196 lbs
Drafted 2018 Round 2; Overall: 52

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2013-2014 Mississauga Rebels U16 AAAGTHL U1631 4 1014 8|Playoffs4 1 01
 2014-2015 Mississauga Rebels U18 AAAGTHL U1824 1 56 8|        
  St. Michael's BuzzersOJHL2 0 11 2|        
 2015-2016 Owen Sound AttackOHL45 10 616 19|Playoffs5 0 11
 2016-2017 Owen Sound AttackOHL60 2 3638 24|Playoffs17 1 89
 2017-2018 Owen Sound AttackOHL40 15 3449 12|Playoffs11 4 1216
  OHL All-StarsJr Super Series1 0 11 0|        
 2018-2019