June 1 came and went and the Leafs did not sign their expiring draft picks. Nikita Korostelev and Stephen Desrocher are no longer part of the Leafs’ organization, and I had assumed on the first version of the list that Fabrice Herzog wasn’t going to get a contract.
In response to some good reader feedback, I added a column to show when rights do expire. And as you can see, this time next year, the Leafs have a lot of decisions to make about players. They drafted a lot of prospects out of junior hockey last year, and you only get two years to decide with them.
This chart will get updated again after the draft.
Toronto Maple Leafs Pipeline 2017
|Name||Birthdate||Pos||2016/2017 Team||2017/2018 Team||Rights Expire|
|Keaton Middleton||February 10, 1998||D||Saginaw Spirit, OHL||Saginaw Spirit, OHL||June 1, 2018|
|Vladimir Bobylev||April 18, 1997||C||Vicoria Royals, WHL||Vicoria Royals, WHL||June 1, 2018|
|Nicolas Mattinen||March 5, 1998||D||London Knights, OHL||London Knights, OHL||June 1, 2018|
|Pierre Engvall||May 31, 1996||LW||Mora IK, Allsvenskan||HV71, SHL||June 1, 2018|
|J.J. Piccinich||June 12, 1996||RW||London Knights, OHL||Toronto Marlies, AHL||June 1, 2018|
|Nolan Vesey||March 28, 1995||LW||U. of Maine, NCAA||U. of Maine, NCAA||August 15, 2018|
|Martins Dzierkals||April 4, 1997||LW||R-N Huskies, QMJHL||Toronto Marlies, AHL||June 1, 2019|
|Jesper Lindgren||May 19, 1997||D||MODO, Allsvenskan||HPK, Liiga||June 1, 2019|
|Ian Scott||January 11, 1999||G||Prince Albert Raiders, WHL||Prince Albert Raiders, WHL||June 1, 2019|
|Fedor Gordeev||January 27, 1999||D||Flint Firebirds, OHL||Flint Firebirds, OHL||June 1, 2019|
|Ryan McGregor||January 29, 1999||C/LW||Sarnia Sting, OHL||Sarnia Sting, OHL||June 1, 2019|
|Eemeli Räsänen||April 6, 1999||D||Kingston Frontenacs, OHL||Kingston Frontenacs, OHL||June 1, 2019|
|Dakota Joshua||May 15, 1996||C||Ohio State, NCAA||Ohio State, NCAA||August 15, 2019|
|Joseph Woll||July 12, 1998||G||Boston College, NCAA||Boston College, NCAA||August 15, 2020|
|J.D. Greenway||April 27, 1998||D||U. of Wisconsin, NCAA||U. of Wisconsin, NCAA||August 15, 2020|
|Ryan O'Connell||April 25, 1999||D||St. Andrew's College, CAHS||Penticten Vees, BCHL||August 15, 2022|
|Yegor Korshkov||July 10, 1996||RW||Lokomotiv, KHL||Lokomotiv, KHL||Indefinite|
|Nikolai Chebykin||August 1, 1997||LW||Dynamo Moscow, KHL, VHL||SKA-Neva St. Petersburg, VHL||Indefinite|
|Vladislav Kara||April 20, 1998||C||Irbis Kazan, MHL||MHL/VHL||Indefinite|
Mark Hunter drafted both of the OHL players the Leafs just let walk away. Does that change your opinion of his drafting ability?
How do you rate Mark Hunter at running the draft?
|Every move he makes is genius||278|
|We haven’t seen enough yet||597|
|His drafting is really suspect after the first round||139|
|Better than average, but he still makes weird choices||618|
|Keaton Middleton will be an NHL star||116|