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Toronto Maple Leafs Select Riley Stotts 83rd Overall

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The Leafs have used their third-round pick to select Riley Stotts.

Prince Albert Raiders v Calgary Hitmen Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images

The 83rd overall pick came to the Leafs way back when they traded Reimer to San Jose, when Ben Smith came to Toronto the first time. Like 28 years after that trade, the Leafs finally got to use the pick and used it to select Riley Stotts

The Quick Bio

Riley Stotts is a 6’0” center that played for the Calgary Hitmen and Swift Current Broncos last year, putting up only 3 points in 22 games for the latter but 41 points in 47 games for the former. He was ranked at 111 by Future Considerations, but did not make either McKenzie’s top 93 or Canuck Army’s top 100.

You might be worried about the 3 points in 22 games, but he was reportedly buried on a stacked team. He was then moved to Calgary and got a much better opportunity, and he took advantage of it. Here’s what his profile from thehockeywriters.com had to say about him:

In a lot of ways, Stotts is an ideal “middleweight” player. He’s not a big player but he’s not small, nor does he get pushed around a lot. He’s mobile, but he’s not a speedster. He’s good with the puck, but he doesn’t usually dazzle with stick-handling – though he is capable of maneuvering past defenders. You could argue that he doesn’t have a single elite-level attribute, and you’d probably be right, but Stotts’ game is more than the sum of its parts. He works extremely hard, is rarely out of position, and frequently makes his teammates better whether by making a smart defensive play to close off a passing lane or taking the time to wait for holes in defensive coverage to find a teammate. His game has no glaring holes in it, and it’s elevated by his ability to play with pace without losing his attention to detail.

The Stats

Riley Stotts 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
2008-2009 Winnipeg Jr. Jets Brick Invitational 5 1 1 2 2
2013-2014 Winnipeg Monarchs Bntm AAA Div 2 WBAAA2 30 43 33 76 26 Playoffs 13 11 12 23 8
Winnipeg Monarchs Bantam AAA WBAAA 1 0 0 0 0
2014-2015 Winnipeg Monarchs Bantam AAA WBAAA 29 39 29 68 40 Playoffs 11 12 10 22 20
Winnipeg Monarchs City Mdgt WCML 1 1 2 3 0
2015-2016 Team Manitoba WCCC-16 5 1 3 4 4
Winnipeg Wild Midget AAA MMHL 38 31 27 58 24 Playoffs 10 3 3 6 4
2016-2017 Swift Current Broncos WHL 52 9 7 16 12 Playoffs 14 0 3 3 2
Canada Red U17 WHC-17 2 2 1 3 0
2017-2018 Swift Current Broncos WHL 22 2 1 3 12
Calgary Hitmen WHL 47 17 24 41 34

The Highlights

The Links

thehockeywriters.com

dailyhive.com

Updates to follow.