Weight: 185 pounds
Date of birth: October 21, 1998
Hometown: Mississauga, Ontario
OHL Draft: Round 12, 228th overall, 2014 Priority Selection
Owen Sound Attack defenceman Sean Durzi played his Midget hockey with the Mississauga Rebels during the 2015-2015 season and scored one goal and added five assists in twenty-four games. He also appeared in two games for the St. Michael’s Buzzers of the Ontario Junior Hockey League and registered an assist.
The Attack would select Durzi in the twelfth round, 228th overall in the Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection.
Durzi broke onto the scene with the Attack last season. He appeared in 45 games and scored ten goals while adding six assists. The ten goals surprised a lot of people. It was good enough for fourth in goals by a rookie defenceman trailing Mikhail Sergachev (17, 67 games), Nicolas Hague (14, 66 games) and Cam Dineen (13, 68 games). Sergachev and Dineen were selected in the 2016 National Hockey League Draft. Three of his goals came on the powerplay.
But the goals haven’t come easy for Durzi this season, having just one in thirty-nine games. However, he has become a very good set-up man from the blueline, having twenty-two assists to date, with seven coming on the powerplay.
At 5’11”, Durzi doesn’t have that big size on defence, but he makes up for it with his skating. He moves up and down the ice with ease but doesn’t have elite speed. He is strong on his edges with very good lateral movement and an ability to beat opponents one-on-one. He picks his spots to jump into the rush or pinching at the blueline, almost always making the right choice.
Durzi possesses a very good shot and is adept at walking the line and getting himself into position to fire it on goal. But he shoots with a purpose and usually puts it in a spot for a teammate to tip the shot or create a rebound. His ability to move also opens lanes and has good enough vision to setup his teammates.
As with many players at this level, Durzi’s defensive game needs some work although he has shown improvement year over year. Despite his size, he has no fear of a physical game and at times initiates it, he is surprisingly strong on both his feat and upper body. He has an active stick, though at times could position it better. He reads and anticipates the opposition very well.
Durzi was ranked 139 on NHL Central Scouting’s mid-term rankings.
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