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New prospect profile on my site, sharing the whole thing here this time. I personally would be okay with Benning taking a flyer on this kid if he ends up in the later rounds. He's projected to go in the first few rounds but if I'm not mistaken he is injured right now which could cause some dropping. Take a gander and if you want to check out more prospect profiles there will be some links below.

Is there anybody you are looking at in the later rounds?

 

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Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images

Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images

SEAN DURZI

Birthdate: 1998-10-21

Height: 5’11”

Weight: 185

Birthplace: Mississauga, ON

Shoots: R

Sean Durzi is a 3rd year defenceman for the Owen Sound Attack of the OHL. Durzi was a 12th round pick in the 2014 OHL Priority Selection, and is ranked 39th among North American Skaters for the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. 

 

FEATURES:

Sean Durzi is a prime example of the reason to not give up. He was drafted in the 12th round in the OHL, usually most late round picks play very few games. Durzi is a smaller defenceman, who isn’t afraid to join the rush. Sean is an offensive-defenceman who makes a great first pass, but if he decides to hold and carry the puck, he can also put it in the back of the net with his solid shot. He was passed up in last year’s draft, but it is a sure thing that he will hear his name called this year.

Photo by Dennis Pajot / Getty Images 

Photo by Dennis Pajot / Getty Images 

HIS OHL CAREER:

2015-16:

Sean Durzi entered training camp with nothing to lose. He had a great camp, good enough to solidify a spot on the blue line for the Owen Sound Attack, and had a good rookie season. He was trying to compete with players such as Thomas Schemitsch, Santino Centorame, and Damir Sharipzyanov for ice-time. The Attack had a solid blue-line that Owen Sound had that year. The 10 goals and 6 assists that Durzi scored that season was huge for the Attack, good for fourth among rookie defenceman scoring, only behind Mikhail Sergachev, Nic Hague, and Cam Dineen. He scored his first goal in the fourth game that he played at home against the Windsor Spitfires. In his rookie year, to be playing with the three defenceman mentioned above, who all like to join the rush, Durzi gained lots of valuable experience and advice in his rookie year. 

2016-17:

Durzi entered his second year in hopes of making his childhood dream come true, being drafted by an NHL team. He played 60 regular season games, scoring twice and registering 36 assists. Durzi had more of a role last year with Thomas Schemitsch not returning. The offensive defenceman played extremely well, adding a +26 on his resume last year. Lots of ice definitely helped Sean for his 3rd year in the OHL.

Photo by Dennis Pajot / Getty Images

Photo by Dennis Pajot / Getty Images

2017-18: 

One of the biggest surprises this year may have been Sean Durzi. He was 2nd in league scoring and first among defenceman, only behind teammate Nick Suzuki. Durzi has made a name for himself this year, and will more than likely hear his name called on draft day. He did go to a few camps in the summer, but didn’t sign a contract. The only impact to Durzi’s great year was injury, missing 7 games this year. He has scored 15 times and added 32 assists in 37 games. Durzi on the top defensive unit, often quarterbacks the power play, on the penalty kill, and even in overtime as he isn’t afraid to join the rush in the 3-on-3 overtime period. Durzi got attention of scouts as he was named to Team OHL for the Canada-Russia Series. If Durzi continues to produce once back from injury he will be a major factor in helping Owen Sound climb the Western Conference standings, and possibly having a long playoff run. 

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Through 3 OHL seasons, he has yet to play a full season without injury.  A bit concerning for a guy who is only 19 and has had a knee injury, high ankle sprains, foot surgery, and if I'm not mistaken the injury he has right now is the second one of the season.

 

Definitely a guy I'd take a flyer on, but the injuries and lack of durability already for a kid only 19 years old is concerning.   We already see enough of that in Chris Tanev, Durzi is going to need to find a way to have better self-preservation or he will likely find himself in a short hockey career.

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