Good Morning, Insiders!
Checking with the first of many seasons in review pieces, starting today with those who made their NHL debut during the 2021-22 season. Six players fall into today’s article, notes on their time in the NHL and AHL below, shifted for how frequently each played in each league.
NHL Statline – 64 games played, 3 goals, 24 assists, -9 rating, 55 penalty minutes
AHL Statline – 13 games played, 5 goals, 11 assists, +13 rating, 20 penalty minutes
Possession Metrics (Relative To Kings) – CF% – 51.6% (-4.7%), SCF – 51.7% (-4.5%), HDCF – 50.2% (-4.8%)
Kicking off our debutants is the longest-tenured King on this list, Sean Durzi. Durzi stepped into the NHL lineup in late-November and never looked back, playing in all 64 games he was eligible to from that point in the season on, in addition to all seven games during the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Durzi went from debutant to the team’s time-on-ice leader in short order, moving his way up the lineup both through performance and opportunity due to injury. One of several seasons that exceeded preseason expectations, turning some heads in the process.
Durzi was above 50 percent in all three listed possession metrics, though the goals for / goals against categories were tilted against him, though there’s some notable context there. Durzi’s GF% (goals for percentage) was the second-lowest on the team amongst regulars, though those metrics fall…