Muzzin in 2013.
February 21, 1989 |
Woodstock, ON, CAN
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||213 lb (97 kg; 15 st 3 lb)|
|NHL team||Los Angeles Kings|
|NHL Draft||141st overall, 2007
Muzzin played his early minor hockey in the Woodstock Minor Hockey Association before moving on to play AAA in Brantford.
Muzzin was the 1st pick 11th overall by Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League in the 2005 OHL Priority Selection Draft from the Brantford 99'ers Minor Midgets. He didn't play with the Greyhounds until late in 2006 after he required herniated disc surgery at 16 years old. Despite have played only 37 regular season games and 13 playoff games, he was drafted 141st overall in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins. Although he was drafted, he went unsigned by the Penguins and re-entered the 2009 NHL Entry Draft but wasn't picked and returned for an overage year with the Greyhounds. In his final season in the Ontario Hockey League, Muzzin won the Max Kaminsky Trophy for top defenceman in the OHL.
Muzzin signed as a free agent to a three-year entry level contract with the Los Angeles Kings on January 4, 2010.
Following the Kings' training camp and pre-season games, Muzzin made the Kings opening night roster for the 2010–11 NHL season. On November 3, 2010 Muzzin was assigned to the Kings' AHL affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs. However, on November 9, 2010, the Kings recalled the defenseman to the NHL for a brief stint before again being reassignment to the Monarchs in favor of defenseman Alec Martinez on November 23. In 2012, he was recalled during the playoffs, and was on the roster as a healthy scratch when they won the Stanley Cup. He didn't appear in any games that season. Although he did not qualify to have his name engraved on the cup, he was included in the team picture.
Muzzin scored his first NHL goal in his third game following the 2012–13 NHL lockout on January 26, 2013 against Jason LaBarbera of the Phoenix Coyotes. He went on to become a regular in the Kings' lineup and scored seven goals and nine assists in 45 regular season games, while adding three assists in 17 playoff games. He was also named NHL Rookie of the Month for March 2013.
At the beginning of the 2013-14 season, he began as a third line pairing and was a healthy scratch for a series of games. However, he quickly continued to develop and after being paired with Drew Doughty continued to earn more playing time on the top pairing. Muzzin continued to earn minutes and finished the regular season averaging 19:01 minutes a game and had five goals and 19 assists in 76 regular season games. In the playoffs he came into his own scoring six goals and six assists in 26 playoff games, while averaging 23:23 minutes of ice time per game, including 37:18 in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals. With the penalty he drew in the third period of that Game 5, Muzzin catalyzed a debate around the apparent rise in acceptability of flopping or diving (association football) in the NHL, drawing comparisons with the same problem in the NBA and soccer.
|2006–07||Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds||OHL||37||1||3||4||10||13||0||4||4||6|
|2007–08||Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds||OHL||67||6||12||18||53||10||1||3||4||4|
|2008–09||Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds||OHL||62||6||23||29||57||—||—||—||—||—|
|2009–10||Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds||OHL||64||15||52||67||76||5||0||1||1||2|
|2010–11||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||11||0||1||1||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|2012–13||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||45||7||9||16||35||17||0||3||3||6|
|2013–14||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||76||5||19||24||58||26||6||6||12||8|
Awards and honours
- Fifth-round pick (141st overall) of the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
- 2009-10 Max Kaminsky Trophy winner as the Ontario Hockey League top defenceman.
- 2009-10 Ontario Hockey League First-team All-Star.
- NHL Rookie of the Month for March 2013.
- 2014 Stanley Cup Champion
- "Kings sign Muzzin; Activate Stoll". Los Angeles Kings. 2010-01-04. Retrieved 2011-03-15.
- Helene Elliott. "Schenn, Loktionov, Lewis, Clifford and Muzzin make Kings' opening night roster". latimes.com. Retrieved 2010-10-05.
- "Kings send Jake Muzzin to Manchester; Doughty to be activated". LA Times. 2010-11-03. Retrieved 2010-11-03.
- Cup win a learning experience for Jones
- Kings vs Coyotes boxscore
- Woodstock Sentinel-Review article