Jake Muzzin
Jake Muzzin
31-Year-Old DefensemanD
Toronto Maple Leafs
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Muzzin is the Leafs' top defensive defender, and his advanced stats are delicious. He helps elevate the play of any puck-moving defender he skates beside and also improves their shot suppression numbers, too. Plus, he can score. Muzzin has three 40-plus point seasons in his last five and he came close to a fourth last season between the Kings and Leafs. In fact, he did score at a 40-point pace once he donned the blue and white. Muzzin won't be a power-play guy with the addition of Tyson Barrie, but he can help round out the bottom of your deep fantasy roster. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $22.5 million contract extension with the Maple Leafs in February of 2020.
Should be ready for 2020-21
DToronto Maple Leafs
August 12, 2020
When asked about his injury Wednesday, Muzzin said "Kind of a freak play and accident. All things are looking towards a full, healthy recovery," Kristen Shilton of TSN.ca reports.
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Muzzin suffered an undisclosed injury when he fell awkwardly and hit his head on Columbus' Oliver Bjorkstrand's knee during Game 2 of Toronto's qualifying-round matchup and subsequently missed the rest of the series, but it sounds like he should be good to go whenever next season gets underway. The 31-year-old blueliner notched 23 points in 53 games during the regular season in 2019-20.
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2019–20 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    21:36
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:16
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    2:31
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2017–18
21:39
2:15
2:21
2018–19
21:32
1:08
1:56
2018–19
21:02
1:14
1:28
2019–20
21:36
0:16
2:31
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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.
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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Resumes skating
DToronto Maple Leafs
Undisclosed
August 9, 2020
Muzzin (undisclosed) resumed skating Sunday, Mark Masters of TSN.ca reports.
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Unavailable for remainder of series
DToronto Maple Leafs
Undisclosed
August 5, 2020
Muzzin (undisclosed) will not be an option for the Maple Leafs for the rest of the team's best-of-five series versus Columbus.
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Suffers scary injury
DToronto Maple Leafs
Undisclosed
August 4, 2020
Muzzin (undisclosed) needed to be stretchered off the ice in the third period of Tuesday's game against Columbus, James Mirtle of The Athletic reports.
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Set to play once season resumes
DToronto Maple Leafs
April 28, 2020
Muzzin (hand) will be available once play resumes, telling reporters he "should be ready to go when called upon," Kristen Shilton of TSN.ca reports.
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Facing four-week absence
DToronto Maple Leafs
Hand
February 26, 2020
Muzzin is expected to be sidelined for four weeks with the broken hand he suffered during Tuesday's win over Tampa Bay.
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