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Ryan O'Connell was selected with the Leafs’ last pick of the 2017 draft

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If ever you’re going for a “what the hell” pick, your seventh rounder is when you do it.

2017 NHL Draft - Round One Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

The Toronto Maple Leafs selected Ryan O’Connell with their last pick of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. He is a defender who shoots left, and he’s a college boy who plays for Boston University. He is from Gloucester, Ontario, however, and played for St. Andrew’s College.

This is a smart way to go for the last round. O’Connell has got four years to play in the NCAA at a good school before anyone has to make a decision about his future.

Unlike the other defenders taken after the first round pick, Timothy Liljegren, O’Connell is not a giant. He’s going to need something more than reach to get the job done.

He was ranked 208 by NHL Central Scouting for North American skaters, and Future Considerations has had him at 180. So he was drafted where you’d expect.

Ryan O'Connell stats via EP

 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 
 2012-2013 Ottawa Jr. 67s Minor Bantam AAA OEMBHL 22 3 9 12 6 | Playoffs 9 1 3 4
 2013-2014 Ottawa Jr. 67s Bantam AAA OEBHL 29 3 22 25 6 | Playoffs 8 0 3 3
Ottawa Jr. 67s Minor Midget AAA OEMMHL 2 0 1 1 0 |
Ottawa Jr. 67s Bantam AAA Big Nickel Bantam 6 0 4 4 6 |
 2014-2015 Ottawa Jr. 67s Minor Midget AAA OEMMHL 21 2 16 18 8 | Playoffs 10 2 6 8
Ottawa Jr. 67s Minor Midget AAA OHL Cup 5 0 3 3 0 |
Team HEO OGC-16 5 1 2 3 4 |
 2015-2016 St. Andrew's College CISAA 14 1 7 8 4 | Playoffs 4 0 3 3
St. Andrew's College CAHS 55 4 27 31 14 |
 2016-2017 St. Andrew's College CISAA 7 0 4 4 4 | Playoffs 5 1 4 5
St. Andrew's College CAHS 47 6 27 33 18 |
 2017-2018 Penticton Vees BCHL - - - - - |
 2018-2019 Boston Univ. NCAA - - - - - |
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Do you figure you’ll ever see this guy in the NHL?

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  • 34%
    No, come on.
    (236 votes)
  • 53%
    Maybe, every prospect has a chance.
    (365 votes)
  • 11%
    Yes, because the Leafs draft better.
    (78 votes)
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