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Maple Leafs select William Villeneuve at 122nd overall in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft

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Garret Sparks has gifted the Maple Leafs with this player.

Saint John Sea Dogs v Gatineau Olympiques
A Saint John’s Sea Dogs game because I’m tired of pensive Kyle.

The Toronto Maple Leafs selected William Villeneuve an 18-year-old defender who is an offensive force for the Saint John Sea Dogs. He is a righty, and is listed at 6’1” and 181 lbs.

Villeneuve is from Sherbrooke, QC, and was ranked as high (somewhat surprisingly) at 50th by Future Considerations. He was 99th for North American skaters on the NHL’s list. McKeen’s had him 105, and Craig Button had him 104.

We just happen to have a complete draft profile for you right here:

William Villeneuve’s backstory is pretty much the exact opposite of Tristen Robins. He was picked 2nd overall in the QMJHL draft. He had 19 points for Saint John in his rookie season as a 16/17 year old. He played for Canada’s Red Team in the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, where he had 4 points in 6 games. So he’s always had some hype around him.

This season, he led all his team in points 58 in 64 games. As a 17-year-old, draft-eligible defenseman. That was also good enough to lead all defensemen in the league in points — not all draft-eligible defensemen, ALL defensemen regardless of age.

He played on the top pair for Saint John even last season. He has been played in all situations: top minutes at even strength, on the powerplay and on the penalty kill.

But he did not play for Canada at the Hlinka. He was invited to the WJC training camp but didn’t make the roster. And now his NHL draft rankings have fallen out of the first three rounds, if Bob McKenzie’s rankings are to be believed. All despite being a 6’1”, right shot defenseman who can lead his team and all defensemen in points. What gives?

Read the article above to find out the answer to that and to why this player is this low in the draft.

Some more scouting reports:

Highlights:

We finally get our second Willie.