Jake Muzzin
Jake Muzzin
29-Year-Old DefensemanD
Toronto Maple Leafs
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Playing on the Kings' top line ensures that Muzzin is going to get his share of the assists, and he produced his third 30-plus assist season in his last four campaigns last year, setting up 34 Los Angeles goals. While Drew Doughty deservedly gets most of the attention, Muzzin isn't a bad option to have on your squad as a late-round contributor. There are plenty of assists to go around in Los Angeles, and the 29-year-old Muzzin should also benefit from the addition of Ilya Kovalchuk. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a five-year, $20 million extension with the Kings in October 2014.
Visits orchard in win
DToronto Maple Leafs
February 14, 2019
Muzzin collected a pair of assists in the third period of Thursday's 6-3 win over the Golden Knights.
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The second of the apples came shorthanded on a tally from forward Mitch Marner. Muzzin had gone four games without a point entering the contest, but including Thursday, he has racked up 11 hits and seven blocked shots in that span. He has averaged a modest 1:24 in power-play time since being traded from the Kings on Jan. 29, but the fourth-ranked Maple Leafs offense has plenty of points to go around in all situations.
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2018–19 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    21:32
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    1:08
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    1:56
  • Average Time On Ice:
    18:47
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    1:17
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    1:53
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2016–17
22:18
2:26
2:09
2017–18
21:39
2:15
2:21
2018–19
21:32
1:08
1:56
2018–19
18:47
1:17
1:53
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After consecutive 40-point campaigns and a career year in 2015-16, Muzzin underwhelmed last year with just 28 points. His minus-21 rating was a particular eyesore, and he also posted just 2.24 shots per game, which was his lowest mark since 2012-13. However, Muzzin still posted an elite 55.5 Corsi For percentage, and despite the dip in shot volume, he finished with 184 shots, 46 PIM, 162 hits and 122 blocked shots. Those peripheral numbers are solid, and it will only take a modest offensive rebound and a bounce back in the plus-minus column to skyrocket Muzzin back up the defensemen ranks.
Muzzin hit 40 points for the second consecutive season last year, disappointing fantasy owners who bought into him looking for a star turn, but still delivering a well-rounded stat line that’s welcome on any roster. That’s thanks in particular to the career-high 64 PIM he posted after garnering only 22 the year before. Muzzin and top-pairing mate Drew Doughty both balance offensive capability with defensive responsibility, and the result has been plenty of scoring to go around, but there’s a feeling here that Muzzin’s due for more, especially after he saw his shots on goal spike to a career-high 203 last year and was rewarded with eight goals. Look for the 27-year-old to get his goal total back into double digits and challenge 50 points.
The 26-year-old Muzzin took a great leap forward in 2014-15. Helping to fill the void left by Slava Voynov after his October arrest, Muzzin doubled his career point total, registering marks of 10 goals and 31 assists in 76 games. He also saw a stark jump in ice time (22:42 average TOI), good for second on the team while playing alongside Norris Trophy runner-up Drew Doughty. Muzzin doesn’t commit many penalties after accruing just 22 PIM last season, but he made up for that deficiency by supplying strong numbers on the power play (four goals and 10 assists). He’ll once again play on the top defensive pairing in 2015-16 and should shoot up draft boards.
Muzzin had a pretty quiet regular season (five goals and 19 assists in 76 games) after flashing some fantasy upside in a limited role back in 2012-2013, but seriously stepped up his game in the playoffs following an injury to Robyn Regehr. He was second on the Kings in ice time behind just Drew Doughty during their Stanley Cup run when tasked with soaking up some minutes. But the emergence of Slava Voynov and Alec Martinez cut into his power play time, so don't expect much point production given his current role.
Muzzin got a look with the Kings last year thanks to some injuries and blossomed with 16 points in 45 games under head coach Daryl Sutter. His play seemed to get better as the season wore on and he started to see consistent minutes on the power play by season's end. He could be a sneaky source of points if his development continues and his power play time sticks.
Muzzin spent the season in the AHL, tallying 31 points in 71 games for Manchester. He's likely ticketed for another season in the AHL after getting bypassed by some other blueliners on the organizational depth chart.
Muzzin earned himself a spot on the Kings with a strong training camp but was sent to the AHL after just 11 games. He's got a hard shot and posted respectable numbers (three goals, 15 assists in 45 games) at the AHL and figures to compete for a roster spot again this training camp.
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Splitsville with Morgan Rielly
DToronto Maple Leafs
February 13, 2019
Muzzin and Morgan Rielly were split up during Tuesday's win over Colorado and practiced on different pairings at practice Wednesday.
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Approaching milestone
DToronto Maple Leafs
February 6, 2019
Muzzin will prepare for his 500th career contest Wednesday evening against the Senators, Dave McCarthy of NHL.com reports.
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Big impact against Ducks
DToronto Maple Leafs
February 4, 2019
Muzzin scored a power-play goal and added two assists at even strength in Monday's 6-1 win over the Ducks.
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Gets settled in with new team
DToronto Maple Leafs
February 1, 2019
Muzzin blocked two shots over 18:08 of ice time in his Maple Leafs debut Friday night. The Leafs lost to the Red Wings in overtime, 3-2.
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Will start Leaf career on left side
DToronto Maple Leafs
January 31, 2019
Muzzin practiced with the Maple Leafs for the first time Thursday, and while he was paired with Morgan Rielly on the top pairing, coach Mike Babcock intends to start him on the left side for now, reports Mark Masters of TSN.ca.
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