The Vancouver Canucks announced the signing of free agent left winger Brandon DeFazio on Friday to a contract, but who is this forward?
A quick YouTube search reveals he likes to engage in the fisticuffs, but he’s more than a one-dimensional goon.
DeFazio spent time playing with top New York Islanders prospects Brock Nelson and Kirill Kabanov. He is described as a two-way forward that kills penalties and can complement skill.
“He’s able to play in a lot of different situations,” his former Bridgeport Sound Tigers coach Scott Pellerin told the Conneticut Post. “I’m happy with his speed, on the forecheck. He plays physical.”
Shawn Rine, the ECHL’s Wheeling Nailers beat writer from The Intelligencer on DeFazio in 2011:
@nafsnep DeFazio is going to be a good one. Has a great work ethic, goes to the net, has good shot and not afraid to drop the gloves.
— Shawn Rine (@Shawn_Rine) April 1, 2011
If we are looking for a comparable player, perhaps Dale Weise?