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At 141st overall, the Leafs select Fedor Gordeev

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Toronto uses a fifth-round pick on a big Toronto LHD.

Flint Firebirds v Windsor Spitfires Photo by Dennis Pajot/Getty Images

With their fifth-round pick, the Toronto Maple Leafs have selected OHL left defender Fedor Gordeev.

Gordeev is a Toronto native of Russian descent, and his size stands out immediately, at a hulking 6’6”. While his point totals are not impressive and his puck skills are open to some question, Gordeev’s impressive physical gifts are undoubtedly appealing to the Leafs. Most ranking services had him either where he went or somewhat earlier, except Future Considerations, who ranked him quite low.

Leaf fans may find the pick reminiscent of last year’s fourth-round selection of Keaton Middleton, another towering, low-offence defenceman. Time will tell if Gordeev can develop his game beyond his wingspan.

Fedor Gordeev via Elite Prospects

Season Team League GP G A TP PIM Playoffs GP G A TP PIM
Season Team League GP G A TP PIM Playoffs GP G A TP PIM
2013-2014 Vaughan Kings Bantam AAA GTBHL - - - - -
2014-2015 Toronto Red Wings Min Midget AAA GTMMHL 56 9 16 25 -
Milton Icehawks OJHL 9 0 1 1 4
Team GTHL Red OGC-16 5 3 1 4 10
2015-2016 Team Blue U17-Dev 3 0 1 1 2
Ancaster Avalanche GOJHL 44 6 20 26 36 Playoffs 10 0 1 1 6
Hamilton Bulldogs OHL 8 0 2 2 2
2016-2017 Hamilton Bulldogs OHL 2 1 0 1 2
Flint Firebirds OHL 62 3 10 13 43 Playoffs 5 0 1 1 2

What do you think? Is there more to Gordeev than size? Or is he Maatinen 2.0?