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The post-draft prospect pool is overflowing

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This might be the biggest list of drafted prospects the Leafs have had in some time. Some of them are even excellent.

Victoriaville Tigres v Blainville-Boisbriand Armada
Mikhail Abramov, who we actually have pictures of.
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The Toronto Maple Leafs managed to come up with 12 draft picks in total for the 2020 draft, and they also acquired Filip Hållander in trade before the draft. They suddenly have a lot of prospects and most of them are very young.

Let’s just go right to the list:

Maple Leafs Prospects Post 2020 Draft

Name Birthdate Pos 2019/2020 Team 2020/2021 Team Rights Expire
Name Birthdate Pos 2019/2020 Team 2020/2021 Team Rights Expire
Joe Miller September 15, 2002 F Blake School, USHS-Min Chicago Steel, USHL August 15, 2025
Dmitri Ovchinnikov August 19, 2002 F Sibir, Novosibirsk, KHL/MHL Sibir, Novosibirsk, KHL/MHL Indefinite
Wyatt Schingoethe August 3, 2002 C Waterloo Black Hawks, USHL Univ. of Denver, NCAA August 15, 2025
Topi Niemelä May 25, 2002 RD Kärpät, Liiga Kärpät, U20 SM-sarja June 1, 2024
William Villeneuve March 20, 2002 RD Saint John Sea Dogs, QMJHL Saint John Sea Dogs, QMJHL June 1, 2022
Ryan Tverberg January 30, 2002 C Toronto Jr Canadiens, OJHL Toronto Jr Canadiens, OJHL August 15, 2025
Roni Hirvonen January 10, 2002 C Ässät, Liiga Ässät, Liiga June 1, 2024
Artur Akhtyamov October 31, 2001 G Irbis Kazan, MHL Ak Bars, KHL - VHL/MHL Indefinite
Rodion Amirov October 2, 2001 LW Salavat Yulaev Ufa, KHL - VHL/MHL Salavat Yulaev Ufa, KHL - VHL Indefinite
Veeti Miettinen September 20, 2001 RW Kiekko-Espoo, Jr A SM-Liiga St. Cloud State, NCAA June 1, 2024
Nick Robertson September 11, 2001 LW Peterboroough Petes, OHL ??? NHL Contract - still junior eligible
John Fusco June 12, 2001 LD Dexter School, USHL-Prep Harvard, NCAA August 15, 2024
Mike Koster April 13, 2001 D Tri-City Storm, USHL University of Minnesota, NCAA August 15, 2024
Mikhail Abramov March 26, 2001 C Victoriaville Tigres, QMJHL Victoriaville Tigres, QMJHL NHL Contract - still junior eligible
Kalle Loponen March 13, 2001 D Sudbury Wolves, OHL (Loan from Kärpät) Kärpät, Liiga June 1, 2023
Mikko Kokkonen January 18, 2001 D Jukurit, Liiga Jukurit, Liiga June 1, 2023
Semyon Der-Arguchintsev September 15, 2000 C Peterboroough Petes, OHL ??? NHL Contract - AHL eligible in 2020/2021
Filip Hållander June 29, 2000 LW Lulea, SHL Lulea, SHL NHL Contract - on loan
Axel Rindell April 23, 2000 RD Jukurit, Liiga/U20 SM-sarja Jukurit, Liiga/U20 SM-sarja June 1, 2022
Semyon Kizimov January 19, 2000 RW Lada Togliatti, VHL Torpedo, Nizhny Novgorod, KHL Indefinite
Filip Král October 20, 1999 D Spokane Chiefs, WHL HC Prerov, Czech2 NHL Contract - AHL eligible in 2020/2021
Nick Abruzzese June 4, 1999 F Harvard, NCAA Harvard, NCAA August 15, 2023
Ryan O'Connell April 25, 1999 D Ohio State, NCAA Ohio State, NCAA August 15, 2022
Eemeli Räsänen April 6, 1999 D Jokerit, KHL HPK, Liiga Indefinite
Pontus Holmberg March 9, 1999 LW/C Växjö HC, SHL Växjö HC, SHL June 1, 2022
J.D. Greenway April 27, 1998 D University of Maine, NCAA University of Maine, NCAA August 15, 2021
Vladislav Kara April 20, 1998 C/W Ak Bars KHL/Bars Kazan VHL Severstal Cherepovets, KHL Indefinite
Nikolai Chebykin August 1, 1997 LW Toros Neftekamsk/Traktor Chelyabinsk, VHL Toros Neftekamsk/Traktor Chelyabinsk, VHL Indefinite
Vladimir Bobylev April 18, 1997 C Toros Neftekamsk/Traktor Chelyabinsk, VHL Toros Neftekamsk/Traktor Chelyabinsk, VHL Indefinite

The rights expiration is from Cap Friendly, and is as of the best of their information. I don’t actually know why Axel Rindell is listed as two-years of rights, although I assume it’s his age at the draft.

There is the potential that NCAA players will have their rights extended by a year because their college eligibility will be extended if they play in this coming season, under a one-time rule.

A few players on NHL contracts have been kept on this list until we have certainty about where they will play this season.

Some, perhaps many, players in Europe will move between junior and senior ranks of teams as needs arise. Rodion Amirov is likely to move between the KHL and VHL a lot.

So far, no NCAA, USHL, OHL or WHL teams have begun to play. Some QMJHL teams are playing, some are on pause until the end of October when the situation will be reviewed.

All levels of hockey in most European countries are underway, some with regular interruptions and postponements.

Kyle Dubas recently said he does not expect any more of the Leafs prospects to be loaned to Europe, as the situation there is too irregular, and many leagues are not interested in short-term loans.

With only one player’s rights expiring next year, the Maple Leafs have no pressing decisions to make, and no real need to start signing prospects to contracts. With Amirov under contract in the KHL to April 30, he will likely sign his ELC in May.

Even when you disregard the older prospects on the bottom of the list, there’s a lot of potential there for the next few years. The Leafs currently have five picks in the 2021 draft, including the first.