TSN has released Bob McKenzie’s final draft rankings for the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. This is the consolidated ranking that he compiles from a poll of scouts and other draft experts. It reflects the overall opinion about players, and often comes very, very close to reality.

For Maple Leafs fans, we might want to know who the bad teams in the Atlantic are picking, like Detroit with the sixth overall, Buffalo with the seventh and Ottawa with the 19th, the best they could get. But our real interest begins in the second round in the neighbourhood of pick number 53.

McKenzie’s list has Antti Tuomisto at that spot. He’s a very tall, right-shooting defender. Eemeli Räsänen the second? To help you select a Leafs pick at 53, I’ve started the list off at my favourite player, the man who can give the Leafs their first back if he falls lower than this 46th ranking.

Bob McKenzie’s 2019 Final NHL Draft Rankings

46Vladislav FirstovWaterloo (USHL)LW6'0180622658
47Drew HellesonUSA U18 (USHL)D6'319464523
48Albin GreweDjurgardens (SWE J20)RW5'11 ¼190251334
49Ilya NikolaevYaroslavl (MHL)C5'11 ¾190411025
50Daniil MisyulYaroslavl (MHL)D6'317646410
51Robert MastrosimoneChicago (USHL)LW5'10159543160
52John FarinacciDexter (USHS)C5'11190161233
53Antti TuomistoAssat (SM Liiga Jr)D6'4 ½19345935
54Artemi KniazevChicoutimi (QMJHL)D5'10 ½182551334
55Mattias NorlinderFrolunda (SHL)D6'0 ¼18730521
56Samuel FagemoFrolunda (SHL)LW6'0190421425
57Hunter JonesPeterborough (OHL)G6'4½202573.310.902
58Nikita OkhotyukOttawa (OHL)D6'1 ¼19856217
59Nathan LegareB. Comeau (QMJHL)RW6'0 ¼206684587
60Alex CampbellVictoria (BCHL)LW5'10 ¼154532167

Daniil Misyul and Ilya Nikolaev are two players Kyle Dubas would have seen in person on his recent trip to Russia, so they are real possibilities as a Leafs pick. Who do you like out of this list? Samuel Fagemo was passed over last year but has had a very good season and was noticeable at the WJC on a team weak at forward. He might be my pick here.

Check out the rest of this list, which goes to 93, and you’ll see Yegor Spiridonov at 84th, which is the Leafs’ second pick spot in the draft. We could use a new Yegor now that Korshkov has dropped the Y.