2008-09: Darian Dziurzynski skated in 64 of 72 games for Saskatoon in his second WHL season. He was third in penalty minutes on the team as a 17-year-old with 96 PMs. Dzuirzynski scored 10 goals with 15 assists and was +12. The Blades had the league’s third best record and finished first in the East Division. Dziurzynski skated in all seven playoff games in the Blades’ first round loss to Lethbridge and had 1 assist with 6 PMs.
2009-10: Dziurzynski filled the enforcer role for Saskatoon in his third season, leading the team with 156 PMs, while also contributing offensively. In 70 games for the Blades he scored 14 goals with 15 assists and was -1. Saskatoon finished second in the East Division and reached the second round of the playoffs. Dziurzynski was one of the key playmakers in the post-season finishing with 3 goals and 6 assists in seven games and was +3 with 9 PMs. He missed three playoff games due to a suspension.
2010-11: Dziurzynski had a break out season offensively in his fourth season with Saskatoon while continuing to be a tough force. One of three players to skate in all 72 games for the Blades, he scored 35 goals, one behind team leader Marek Viedensky (SJS) and his 125 PMs were third most on the Blades. Dziurzynski also had 22 assists and was +27. After finishing with the league’s best record, the Blades reached the second round of the playoffs. In ten post-season games Dziurzynski scored 3 goals with 3 assists and was an even plus/minus with 10 PMs. In his third season of eligibility for the NHL Draft, he was selected by Phoenix in the fifth round (141st overall) in June 2011.
2011-12: Dziurzynski returned to the WHL for an overage season after attending camp with the Coyotes. He played in four games with Saskatoon before being traded to Brandon in October 2011. He scored 3 goals in four games for the Blades prior to the trade. He provided both toughness and some timely scoring for Brandon. His 27 goals in 61 games were third-most on the Wheat Kings and he was second on the team with 106 penalty minutes. He finished the season minus-19 and had 16 assists. Brandon finished second in the East Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Dziurzynski scored 2 goals with 2 assists in nine playoff games and was minus-five with 16 penalty minutes.
2012-13: Dziurzynski’s role steadily increased for the Coyotes’ AHL affiliate in Portland in his first professional season. After skating in five games in the first two months of the season, he scored 9 goals with 7 assists in 59 games and was -1 with 87 penalty minutes. The Pirates finished second in the Atlantic Division and were swept by Eastern Conference champion Syracuse in the first round; suffering two of the three losses in overtime. Dziurzynski played all three playoff games; scoring 1 goal and finishing -1 with no penalty minutes.
A hard-nosed winger with a stocky build, Dziurzynski is a mix of toughness and skill. Extremely physical and no stranger to dropping the gloves, he can also score goals as evidenced by a 35-goal season in his final season of juniors.
Dziurzynski had an effective start to his AHL career, and much of what made him an effective junior player translated to a lesser degree. He will be with Portland for a second full season this coming year. With more experience under his belt can enjoy more playing time and more trust from the coaching staff.