Every year since 2010 we have ranked the Maple Leafs who are 24 years, 364 days and under as of July 1st. Each year players either age out of our list or are traded away. Today we run our ‘In Memorium’ for those players who have left us from the 2018 ranking.
Unranked - Dakota Joshua, C, drafted 128th overall in 2014
Joshua was never on the list, but I always tossed him a #25 vote. This year that didn’t happen as he was traded to the St. Louis Blues on July 12th.
Maple Leafs trade the rights to Dakota Joshua to the Blues
Unranked - Kasimir Kaskisuo, G, Signed as a free agent in 2016
Kaskisuo came to the Leafs after his sophomore year with the University of Minnesota-Duluth as a free agent. He’s played for the Solar Bears and Marlies, and in 17-18 he was loaned to the AHL Chicago Wolves. He turned 25 on October 22nd, 2018.
Unranked - Fedor Gordeev, D, drafted 141st overall, in 2015
Gordeev was unsigned and before the draft his rights were traded to the Minnesota Wild.
UPDATED: Wild sign Fedor Gordeev to ELC
Unranked - Eamon McAdam, G, acquired in exchange for Matt Martin in 2018
McAdam wasn’t given a qualifying offer and is now an unrestricted free agent.
#24 - Jordan Subban, D, signed as a free agent in 2018
Subban wasn’t given a qualifying offer and is now an unrestricted free agent.
Maple Leafs qualify only four of eight RFAs
#18 - Sean Durzi, D, Drafted 2018, 52nd overall
Durzi was a big draft pick and had an excellent OHL season for the Owen Sound Attack and Guelph Storm, which included coming back from 3-0, 3-1, and 2-0 series deficits in the playoffs. Durzi was traded to the Los Angeles Kings in January in the Jake Muzzin trade.
Toronto Maple Leafs Acquire Jake Muzzin From Kings
#14 - Calle Rosen, D, Signed as a free agent in 2017
Rosen turned 25 on February 2nd and has had an excellent year for the Toronto Marlies, with a four game NHL stint. He was traded to the Colorado Avalanche on July 1st.
Toronto Maple Leafs trade Nazem Kadri to the Avalanche for Tyson Barrie
#13 - Carl Grundstrom, W, Drafted 2016, 57th overall
Drafted in 2016, Grundstrom stayed in Sweden with occasional Marlies appearances until last season, when he played 42 AHL games before being traded to the Kings in the Muzzin deal. He split the remainder of the year with the AHL Ontario Reign and NHL Kings.
#10 - Connor Carrick, D, Traded from Washington in 2016
Carrick came in a trade in year one of the rebuild and was a regular defender in the 16-17 season, but only played half of 2017-18. Just before last season began he would be traded to the Dallas Stars.
Maple Leafs trade Connor Carrick in a last-minute, waiver-avoiding deal
#9 - Connor Brown, RW, Drafted 2012, 165th overall
Brown turned 25 on January 14th and aged out of the rankings. He’s been here forever, and it’s sad to see the regulars go. I’m not too sad though because I was running out of things to say about him,
#4 - Morgan Rielly, D, Drafted 2012, 5th overall
Another 2012 draftee leaves the list, and a former #1 player as well. Morgan Rielly was the player Brian Burke would proclaim (post-draft) was his first overall pick that year. Picked behind Nail Yakupov, Ryan Murray, Mikhail Grigorenko, and Alex Galchenyuk Burke may have been onto something.
The 2019 series begins tomorrow with the long list of eligible players who didn’t receive any votes. Spoiler alert: Fabrice Herzog didn’t make the cut. Is it a spoiler if no one remembers drafting the player?