Sean Durzi has had some kind of start to the Ontario Hockey League season.
His 13 assists are most in the OHL, and is just one back of teammate Nick Suzuki for the OHL lead in points. Durzi has four goals and 17 points in nine games to start the campaign.
Not bad at all for defenceman taken in the 12th round of the 2012 OHL Priority Selection, and has been passed over twice at the NHL draft. He played a season with the Mississauga Rebels Major Midget team in 2014-15 prior to joining the Owen Sound Attack the following year.
The start has been a historic one by OHL standards. Just four defenceman in the history of the OHL have ever scored more than 100 points. Windsor’s Ryan Ellis scored 101 during the 2010-11 season. Interestingly enough that’s the same year Owen Sound won their first and only OHL Championship.
Ellis also scored 89 in 2008-09, and Anthony DeAngelo had 89 in 2014-15 with the Sarnia Sting and Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.
The season is young, but Durzi is on pace to eclipse the 100 point plateau. Whether he is able to reach the century mark or not will be interesting, but he’s surely going to catch the attention of NHL scouts in the process.
Unlike Erie’s Darren Raddysh last year, Durzi is still eligible for the NHL draft as a re-entry, so that’s a story line to keep an eye out for this season as well. He wasn’t included in NHL Central Scouting’s preseason list of players to watch for the draft, but I expect that will change for the midseason rankings. NHL Central Scouting had Durzi as the 124th ranked North American skater heading into last year’s draft.