The Toronto Maple Leafs have acquired the 25th pick in the NHL Draft for 2022. Not in a trade, but because the Hurricanes lost in the second round and pushed the Leafs higher up the draft order. The Leafs official picks are 25th, 78th, and 217th (out of 224 total).
The draft probably isn’t going to be a focus for the Leafs. They’ll take a top pick, middle pick, and late pick, and that’ll be about it. Last year Dubas made no trades at the Draft, but he made a few pick trades in 2020.
Picks 1-28 of the NHL draft are set:— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) May 31, 2022
6 CBJ from CHI
16 BUF from VGK
22 ANA from BOS
26 MTL from CGY
27 ARI from CAR
28 BUF from FLA
On Rasmus Sandin, who was brought up by Elliotte Friedman in his latest podcast as someone who might have an uncertain future with the Leafs. Specifically Friedman said a couple people spoke to him and said there might be something there with regards to the defense arrangement and cap considerations for next season.
There are two avenues for thought here that aren’t exclamatory yelling.
One is that Dubas likes Sandin (it doesn’t matter if you do, it matters if he does) and he’ll find a way to get Sandin a regular lineup spot. However, with Rielly, Muzzin, and Giordano newly signed/on a NTC, it won’t be simple. It’s doable to trade Muzzin, but again, not simple.
The other is genuinely exploring a Rasmus Sandin trade. What is his real ceiling (many people have many opinions), what style of defenseman is he and what does he need with him? From there, what can the Leafs get on the open market. Maybe a bonafide, young, top-six forward? Maybe a goalie? It’s worth looking into if the first two questions don’t come out as “#3” and “doesn’t need a babysitter.”
Katya is going to delve into this a lot more in her article later this morning. Stay tuned.
Various Leafs and Branches
Canada has announced their roster for the 2022 Women’s World Juniors (U18). Most of the team is the same from the original roster, but a few players aged out.
All set for #U18WomensWorlds!— Hockey Canada (@HockeyCanada) May 30, 2022
2️⃣3️⃣ of the country's best have earned an opportunity to wear the 🍁 at the IIHF U18 Women's World Championship in Wisconsin.
ROSTER ➡️ https://t.co/7Cy2VqiMKm@IIHFHockey pic.twitter.com/Oggir7pBR2
Nick Robertson is young and has been amazing in the AHL. Just don’t screw him up, Leafs. He has the offense, he just needs to develop the rest of his game. The Leafs also need to figure out what kind of player they’re going to have; forechecker, sniper, playmaker?
AHL U22 scoring since 2010 sorted by even-strength primary points per game.— Kevin Papetti (@KPapetti) May 31, 2022
Age is key here (it's more impressive if you're younger), but Robertson is only a week away from being considered a DY+2. pic.twitter.com/16cz7JrDo0
Imagine how much money the NHL (and players) have lost without Auston Matthews and the Leafs in the conference finals and finals? Probably a healthy few percentage points.
Nathan MacKinnon on the storyline of going against Connor McDavid: "Hopefully that gets more viewers and lowers escrow. Other than that I don't care."— Peter Baugh (@Peter_Baugh) May 30, 2022
The players 20 and under on this list will re-enter the NHL Draft, the rest are free agents. Might be the equivalent of a free pick for the Leafs to pick up one or two of these players. Maybe Brigs has some thoughts on this list?
Signing Deadline Update— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) May 30, 2022
June 1 is the deadline to sign these 29 prospects, if they remain unsigned, their respective team loses their exclusive signing rights.
Those eligible to re-enter the draft can be selected this July, otherwise they become UFAs.https://t.co/3B8UOBLIyt pic.twitter.com/aNKhhU3xuO
Here is the Conference Finals schedule, starting tonight in Colorado.
The Canucks are quickly trying to grow their front office and development staff, led by Cammi Granato. The Sedins have official roles now, alongside a few other former players.
Vancouver Canucks General Manager Patrik Allvin announced today that the club has made multiple additions to its Player Development staff to support the growth of Canucks prospects at all levels.— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) May 30, 2022
DETAILS | https://t.co/I2yNxBCcT0 pic.twitter.com/petGfzXkEU