TSN Draft Introduction: Toronto Maple Leafs


As the 2020 NHL Draft approaches, TSN Hockey is providing an introduction to the Draft for each of the seven Canadian NHL clubs. Today we continue with the Toronto Maple Leafs.REVUE 2019

Nick Robertson had a sensational 2019-20 year in the OHL – scoring 55 goals in 46 games for Peterborough and winning a four-game playoff audition (scoring his first NHL goal) with the Leafs. At pick 53, Robertson can be recalled as the steal of the 2019 draft. Nick Abruzzese led the USHL in points in 2018-19, was selected 124th overall by the Leafs and traveled to Harvard where he led all NCAA freshmen in 2019 – 20 points (44 in 31 games).


The Leafs have gathered A-Level talent over the past five years – Mitch Marner, Auston Matthews, Rasmus Sandin and Nick Robertson – with an eye for skills that goes from the obvious (Matthews and Marner) to the least obvious (Sandin). and Robertson).

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Fourteen of the 23 skaters (61%) Toronto selected in three years with Kyle Dubas running or co-leading the draft were under six feet tall. Only one of the 16 (6%) selected in two projects under Lou Lamoriello was less than six feet. Toronto did not pick a single Canadian in 2019 for the second time in franchise history. The only other time was in 2014. The Leafs have picked a non-Canadian with their top pick (no matter how high or low) in the last four draft.

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It’s not surprising, but the Leafs have put together a list of prospects with a skill bounty. Robertson became the first CHL player since Erie’s Alex DeBrincat in 2016-17 to average more than one goal per game. Sandin was named top defenseman at the 2020 World Junior Championship. Abruzzo is tied for third place in NCAA scoring. TSN director of scouting Craig Button gives Toronto a B rating for its group of top prospects. CHL Defenseman of the Year Noel Hoefenmayer, 21, who signed a contract with the AHL Marlies after accumulating 26 goals and 82 points in 58 games with the Ottawa 67s, is not included on the Leafs list but linked to the organization. .

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In the last offseason, Toronto traded its first pick to Carolina (13th) for the Hurricanes to take Patrick Marleau’s contract out of their hands. This offseason, the Leafs traded Kasperi Kapanen to Pittsburgh for the Penguins’ first pick (No.15). Toronto had plenty of end-of-round picks with three in each of the sixth and seventh rounds; these six picks represent the highest number in the league. Two current Leafs members were selected in the seventh round, Andreas Johnsson (2013) and Pierre Engvall (2014).


Button identifies Toronto’s main need as a right-back. The last time Toronto drafted a right-back who became a true NHL player was Luke Schenn in 2008 (5th). Timothy Liljegren was picked in 2017 (No.17), but has yet to establish himself as a major leaguer. Which of the following groups of defensemen – all from the Canadian Hockey League – would you choose for the Leafs in 15th place?

Who should the Leafs pick with the No.15 pick in the 2020 Draft?


Schneider, a competitive No. 3-4 straight shot defenseman in the mold of Jacob Trouba, who was named to the WHL Eastern Conference First Team All-Star. If the Leafs decide not to go for a d-man, Ridly Greig, Brandon’s two-way center, would be a good choice. Its comparable? Ex-Leaf Nazem Kadri.

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