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Post-Draft Maple Leafs Pipeline and Depth Chart

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One list got bigger, and one got smaller

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If Mikko Kokkonen tried to sell you a used car, you’d buy it.
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With the draft over, and the RFA cull finished as well, we have a thinner depth chart at the bottom end, and bigger pipeline list, mostly at the top end. Let’s just get to it, and have a look:

Maple Leafs Depth Chart June 25

C LW RW D - L D - R G
C LW RW D - L D - R G
John Tavares Andreas Johnsson Mitch Marner Morgan Rielly Nikita Zaitsev Frederik Andersen
Auston Matthews Zach Hyman William Nylander Jake Muzzin Justin Holl Garret Sparks
Nazem Kadri Ilya Mikheyev Kasperi Kapanen Travis Dermott Timothy Liljegren Kasimir Kaskisuo
Frederik Gauthier Trevor Moore Connor Brown Calle Rosen Jesper Lindgren Joseph Woll
Nic Petan Mason Marchment Jeremy Bracco Andreas Borgman Mac Hollowell Ian Scott
Adam Brooks Michael Carcone Egor Korshkov Rasmus Sandin Joe Duszak -
Pierre Engvall Dmytro Timashov - Teemu Kivihalme - -

Maple Leafs Prospect Pipeline as of June 25

Name Birthdate Pos 2018/2019 Team 2019/2020 Team Rights Expire
Name Birthdate Pos 2018/2019 Team 2019/2020 Team Rights Expire
Dakota Joshua May 15, 1996 C Ohio State, NCAA August 15, 2019
Zachary Bouthillier November 8, 1999 G Saint John SeaDogs, QMJHL/Newfoundland Growlers, ECHL June 1, 2020
Riley Stotts January 5, 2000 C Calgary Hitmen, WHL June 1, 2020
Filip Kral October 20, 1999 D Spokane Chiefs, WHL June 1, 2020
Mikhail Abramov March 26, 2001 C Victoriaville Tigres, QMJHL Victoriaville Tigres, QMJHL June 1, 2021
Nick Robertson September 11, 2001 LW Peterboroough Petes, OHL Peterboroough Petes, OHL June 1, 2021
J.D. Greenway April 27, 1998 D Dubuque Fighting Saints, USHL University of Maine, NCAA August 15, 2021
Pontus Holmberg March 9, 1999 LW/C Växjö HC, SHL Växjö HC, SHL June 1, 2022
Ryan O'Connell April 25, 1999 D Ohio State, NCAA Ohio State, NCAA August 15, 2022
Mikko Kokkonen January 18, 2001 D Jukurit, Liiga Jukurit, Liiga June 1, 2023
Kalle Loponen March 13, 2001 D Hermes, Mestis and Kärpät, U20 Kärpät, Liiga, U20 June 1, 2023
Nick Abruzzese June 4, 1999 F Chicago Steel, USHL Harvard, NCAA August 15, 2023
Mike Koster April 13, 2001 D Chaska High, USHS-Min, Tri-City Storm, USHL Univ. of Minnesota, NCAA August 15, 2024
Martins Dzierkals April 4, 1997 LW Dinamo Riga, KHL/Liepaja, Latvia Indefinite
Eemeli Räsänen April 6, 1999 D Jokerit, Khl/PTO with Marlies Jokerit, KHL Indefinite
Vladimir Bobylev April 18, 1997 C Toros Neftekamsk, VHL Toros Neftekamsk, VHL Indefinite
Nikolai Chebykin August 1, 1997 LW Toros Neftekamsk, VHL Salavat Yulaev, KHL Indefinite
Vladislav Kara April 20, 1998 C/W Ak Bars KHL/Bars Kazan VHL Ak Bars KHL/Bars Kazan VHL Indefinite
Semyon Kizimov January 19, 2000 RW Lada Togliatti, VHL Lada Togliatti, VHL Indefinite
Semyon Der-Arguchintsev September 15, 2000 C Peterboroough Petes, OHL Peterboroough Petes, OHL NHL Contract - still junior eligible

The rights expiry dates are all from Cap Friendly, and they do indeed have Mikhail Abramov listed as a two-year CHL-style rights player. It’s sometimes difficult to nail down status of European players in the junior leagues, but unless he was loaned to the team, that date is correct.

One interesting thing, which might just be an accident of who the Leafs found to draft, is that they only added two players on two-year rights. With a lot of NCAA players, and Europeans, they don’t need to rush decisions.

As far as the depth chart goes, it’s clear the Marlies roster needs a massive infusion of talent. That can come from either NHL or AHL contracts. The Leafs have 36 SPCs accounted for next year, with Der-Arguchintsev likely to come back off the list when he goes back to junior hockey. With four RFAs to sign, that makes 39. They have all sorts of room to add contracts, and certainly don’t need to be worrying about using NHL contracts for Marlies players where needed. They aren’t likely to use 11 SPC slots in the coming weeks.

It’s possible, perhaps likely, that the Leafs will sign Nick Robertson right away, but other than that, there’s no one left coming out of school or junior hockey to add right now.