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Bob McKenzie’s Consolidated Draft Rankings show the options at pick number 53

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2018 NHL Draft - Rounds 2-7 Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

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

RK Player Team POS HT WT GP G P
RK Player Team POS HT WT GP G P
46 Vladislav Firstov Waterloo (USHL) LW 6'0 180 62 26 58
47 Drew Helleson USA U18 (USHL) D 6'3 194 64 5 23
48 Albin Grewe Djurgardens (SWE J20) RW 5'11 ¼ 190 25 13 34
49 Ilya Nikolaev Yaroslavl (MHL) C 5'11 ¾ 190 41 10 25
50 Daniil Misyul Yaroslavl (MHL) D 6'3 176 46 4 10
51 Robert Mastrosimone Chicago (USHL) LW 5'10 159 54 31 60
52 John Farinacci Dexter (USHS) C 5'11 190 16 12 33
53 Antti Tuomisto Assat (SM Liiga Jr) D 6'4 ½ 193 45 9 35
54 Artemi Kniazev Chicoutimi (QMJHL) D 5'10 ½ 182 55 13 34
55 Mattias Norlinder Frolunda (SHL) D 6'0 ¼ 187 30 5 21
56 Samuel Fagemo Frolunda (SHL) LW 6'0 190 42 14 25
57 Hunter Jones Peterborough (OHL) G 6'4½ 202 57 3.31 0.902
58 Nikita Okhotyuk Ottawa (OHL) D 6'1 ¼ 198 56 2 17
59 Nathan Legare B. Comeau (QMJHL) RW 6'0 ¼ 206 68 45 87
60 Alex Campbell Victoria (BCHL) LW 5'10 ¼ 154 53 21 67

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.