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2021 Maple Leafs Entry Draft Summary

Three picks later, the prospect pool has slightly increased and Kyle Dubas explains his next steps.

NHL Prospects Tournament Day-4 Detroit vs Toronto Photo by Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images

With many draft picks gone in trades, the Maple Leafs selected three players on the second day of the 2021 Entry Draft.

In the second round the Leafs selected Matthew Knies from the USHL. He played close to a full season this year, and is already committed to the University of Minnesota for the coming season.

Knies is from Arizona, is a tall left winger, and was taken about where he was expected to go in the draft.

In the fifth round, the Leafs took small winger Ty Voit, who is an American who played in the OHL in 2019-2020, and hasn’t played since. He’s a prime candidate to get in some time at the Traverse City tournament this year for the Leafs, ahead of his OHL season in Sarnia.

In the sixth round, the Leafs went off the board and took a player familiar largely to them, in goaltender Vyacheslav Peksa. No one knows much about him, so we’ll have to learn about him as his Russian season gets underway very soon.

Next up for the Leafs is free agency:

Their first job is to decide if they are issuing Qualifying Offers to their four RFAs, which are due Monday. All are arbitration eligible:

  • Nic Petan
  • Denis Malgin
  • Joey Duszak
  • Veini Vehvilainen

Malgin is currently training with the Swiss National Team as a lead up to his summer of workouts.

At noon on July 28, free agency opens, and between now and then, we can expect some trade rumours, but it seems the idea of a Zach Hyman sign and trade is dead in the water. He will sign with the Oilers on Wednesday.

Dubas has said his priority is finding a goalie, so that’s what we should be looking for as the first meaningful move of this quiet offseason.