2019 Leafs Prospect Rankings – The Fence Sitters: Joseph Duszak

Let’s get into it: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor prospect profile.
When the Leafs signed Joseph Duszak in the spring of 2019, it sent shockwaves through the hockey wor-
Okay, okay. We’re not fooling anyone here. Duszak was an interesting pickup with an impressive offensive resume in his final NCAA season. A three-year player with the Mercyhurst Lakers, the 22-year old right-handed defenceman enters this fall looking for his first full taste of professional hockey. When October rolls around, expect Duszak to begin the season on the Toronto Marlies, where he suited up briefly at the end of last season.
Why’s Duszak in this category?
For a guy who might not crack the NHL until he’s 23 or 24, Duszak might be seen as more of a “long-shot” or further.
But part of our classification goes back to an old Barney Stinson mantra: New is Always Better. Duszak hasn’t been given a serious enough look as a pro yet, and what we’ve got is flashy stats and enough of an unknown that we’re intrigued as to what he can do.
Contrast Duszak to a guy like say, Andrew Nielsen, who most who followed the organization once …

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Author: Adam Laskaris / The Leafs Nation

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