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LAVAL, QC – DECEMBER 28: Joseph Duszak #21 of the Toronto Marlies  (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images) /

Joseph Duszak – Defense

Defenseman Joseph Duszak has 12 points in 11 games which ranks him as the 5th highest scoring defenseman in the AHL.  Last season, it took Duszak 25 games to reach 12 points.

Duszak had an amazing development camp and was tied for the scoring lead among defensemen at the prospects tournament before spending time with the Toronto Maple Leafs main camp.  He has shown great improvement on both sides of the ice this season.

Joseph Duszak is known for his offensive ability.  It seems easier for more defensive minded defenseman to crack a bottom pairing role in the NHL which may make it difficult for him to find a spot on the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Duszak has made great strides in his defensive game, but Marlies like Kristians Rubins, Alex Biega and Carl Dahlström may be ahead of him in line for a call up due to their defensive strength and/or NHL experience.