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Maple Leafs Pipeline List grows by 9 names

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The list of unsigned players the Leafs have rights to is a lot more exciting now.

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Three goalies are in the Leafs pipeline for the first time in a long time.
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With the draft behind us, we can see how the pipeline looks now. The pipeline list is the future of the team, and it contains everyone the Leafs have negotiating rights to, but haven’t signed.

How long those rights last for the new guys is an open question in a few cases. Barring confirmation of exactly what the rules are for each individual, I’ve left that blank for now unless I’m sure.

The 2018-2019 team for some players is unknown. If a player is under 20 and in the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) or if they are below their total years in the NCAA, I’ve assumed they will roll forward on their current team in most cases. The web version is available for you as well.

Maple Leafs 2018 Post-Draft Pipeline

Name Birthdate Pos 2017/2018 Team 2018/2019 Team Rights Expire
Name Birthdate Pos 2017/2018 Team 2018/2019 Team Rights Expire
Dakota Joshua May 15, 1996 C Ohio State, NCAA Ohio State, NCAA August 15, 2019
Yegor Korshkov July 10, 1996 RW Lokomotiv, KHL Lokomotiv, KHL Indefinite
Martins Dzierkals April 4, 1997 LW Orlando Solar Bears, ECHL - June 1, 2019
Vladimir Bobylev April 18, 1997 C Toros Neftekamsk, VHL/MHL - Indefinite
Nikolai Chebykin August 1, 1997 LW Dynamo St. Petersburg, VHL Slavat Yulaev Ufa, KHL/VHL Indefinite
Vladislav Kara April 20, 1998 C/W Bars Kazan, VHL/Ak Bars KHL Bars Kazan, VHL/Ak Bars KHL Indefinite
J.D. Greenway April 27, 1998 D U. of Wisconsin, NCAA Dubuque Fighting Saints, USHL August 15, 2020
Joseph Woll July 12, 1998 G Boston College, NCAA Boston College, NCAA August 15, 2020
Mac Hollowell September 26, 1998 D Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds, OHL - -
Sean Durzi October 21, 1998 D Owen Sound Attack, OHL - -
Ian Scott January 11, 1999 G Prince Albert Raiders, WHL Prince Albert Raiders, WHL June 1, 2019
Fedor Gordeev January 27, 1999 D Flint Firebirds, OHL Flint Firebirds, OHL June 1, 2019
Ryan McGregor January 29, 1999 C/LW Sarnia Sting, OHL Sarnia Sting, OHL June 1, 2019
Pontus Holmberg March 9, 1999 LW/C VIK Västeräs, Division 1 Växjö HC, SHL June 1, 2022
Eemeli Räsänen April 6, 1999 D Kingston Frontenacs, OHL Jokerit, KHL June 1, 2021
Ryan O'Connell April 25, 1999 D Penticten Vees, BCHL Boston University, NCAA August 15, 2022
Filip Kral October 20, 1999 D Spokane Chiefs, WHL - -
Zachary Bouthillier November 8, 1999 G Chicoutimi Saguenéens, QMJHL Chicoutimi Saguenéens, QMJHL June 1, 2020
Riley Stotts January 5, 2000 C Calgary Hitmen, WHL Calgary Hitmen, WHL June 1, 2020
Semyon Kizimov January 19, 2000 RW Lada Togliatti, MHL Lada Togliatti, MHL Indefinite
Rasmus Sandin March 7, 2000 D Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds, OHL (loan) Rögle BK, SHL -
Semyon Der-Arguchintsev September 15, 2000 C Pterborough Petes, OHL Peterboroough Petes, OHL -

If sorted that by birth date, so you can see where the new players fit by age. Starting at the top, I’ll run down what we don’t know.

Martins Dzierkals and Vladimir Bobylev have no contracts listed publicly for this season. Dzierkals may be on a two-year AHL deal, and we just don’t know.

The two new, older, defenders, Mac Hollowell and Sean Durzi are both Canadian, both drafted out of the OHL and they both turn 20 before the end of the year. I think they both have two-year rights, but I’m not sure what happens if they don’t return to the OHL. While they likely will do that, they are technically eligible to play in the AHL this season.

In the future, though, we should remember that while they were drafted in different years they are both nearly the same age as Fedor Gordeev, and quite a bit older than Eemeli Räsänen, who is playing pro hockey this year. This is a bit like Mitch Marner and Auston Matthews being contemporaries who were drafted in different years. You need to forget the draft year and focus on birth dates.

Pontus Holmberg is a simple case. He is signed to Växjö in the SHL, and he is expected to play a top-six role there. The Leafs will have his rights for four years.

Filip Kral is a question mark on both rights and this year’s team. He is Czech, has played in Czechia his whole life until last season when he played in the WHL. For European players drafted out of the CHL, you need to know the nature of their CHL contract to know if their rights are held for two or four years. If he’s on a loan deal, and he likely is, it’s four years. He could play pro hockey somewhere in Europe this year or return to Spokane.

Zachary Bouthillier, the third goalie on this list now, is a nice simple case of a Canadian in the Q who will almost certainly return to his team. He will be a two-year rights situation.

Riley Stotts, a centre in the WHL, is the same as Bouthillier, and will be held on two-year rights.

Semyon Kizimov is also straight forward. He’s a Russian, drafted out of Russia, and his rights are indefinite. His club team has a VHL squad as well as an MHL and KHL teams, and he could move freely between them based on his development.

Semyon Der-Arguchintsev, the youngest player in the draft this year, has been playing in Canada for years now. He will likely return to the Petes, but without clarity on his status as a loan from some Russian club — this looks unlikely, but you never know — his rights might be two years or the usual Russian indefinite.

And last, but certainly not least is Rasmus Sandin, the first round pick of the Leafs this year. He played in the Soo last year on a loan deal, so his rights are likely four years, but I’m being very cautious in not filling that in.

This coming season is the question for Sandin. After the draft on Friday night, Kyle Dubas spoke to reporters and talked like Sandin would return to the Soo. However, Rögle of the SHL do have him under contract for this season. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because it’s the club Timothy Liljegren was drafted from, and they were embarking on a hellish season last year that made Liljegren’s move to the AHL a no-brainer.

The team has undergone a total overhaul, one we should be familiar with. They fired their GM and head coach midseason and replaced them with two former players, Canadians Cam and Chris Abbott. They have righted the ship pretty comprehensively, and the team could well be a good place for a young up and coming player to get ice time.

But, as Dubas mentioned, the defender blocking Sandin from the top power play in the Soo will be gone, so he can also get really good development time there. Tie goes to the GM for me. I am guessing Sandin will be loaned to the Soo again next year. And yes, as a European, he could technically play in the AHL next year instead. I think the chances of that are very small. You can count me as someone not a fan of 18 year old players in the AHL without extenuating circumstances making it worth the drawbacks.