Zachary Lauzon

by Mark Allan on September 25, 2017

 

Zachary Lauzon, D

Shoots: L

Height: 6-1

Weight: 187

Born: 1998-10-10

Hometown:  Val d’Or, QUE, CAN

Drafted: 2nd round 2017 51st overall PIT

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

September 2017 – Pittsburgh’s top draft choice (second round) this year was returned to his junior team in the first cuts of training camp. After posting 21 points, 90 PIMs and an eye-opening plus-42 with Rouyn-Noranda of the QMJHL, Lauzon has an assist and six PIMs in two games back with the Huskies. Mark Allan

 

June 2017 – Hoping lightning strikes twice, the Penguins nabbed the Kevin Lowe Award recipient as the best QMJHL defensive blueliner this past season. Although he later blossomed as a premier offensive threat, Pittsburgh star Kris Letang won the same award in 2007. Only 18, the brother of 2015 second-round Boston draftee Jeremy Lauzon has acquired some useful experience, including being a member of the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies when they captured the Quebec major junior championship in 2015-16 and advanced to Memorial Cup play. A QMJHL all-rookie team member from that campaign, Zachary has amassed three goals and five assists in 29 post-season outings. No stranger to physical play, he’s totaled 173 PIMs in 135 regular-season major junior games.

The Penguins went off the board with their first pick of the draft (a late second-rounder for the second straight year). They likely don’t project him to become a power-play stud to replace Letang at some point, but were willing to use a second-round pick for a rock-solid D-Man. As such, he’ll probably have more value to Matt Murray than to your fantasy squad. Mark Allan

 

Fantasy Outlook: C-

If he makes the NHL, it will be because of his physical defensive play.

 

Footage:

Zachary Lauzon (white jersey) plays a tough, physical game:

 

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