Using a 2020 draft simulator as well as many different scouting reports, I came up with this list. These are my picks for the Maple Leafs 2020 NHL draft.
Round 2: Pick #50
With the 50th overall pick, I selected Carter Savoie. Savoie is a high scoring left winger with a hard shot and good vision. This season he recorded 53 goals and 46 assists for 99 points in 54 games for the Sherwood Park Crusaders of the AJHL. The 5’10” 181 lbs winger is committed to playing at the University of Denver next season.
Round 4: Pick #112
With the 112th overall pick I selected Ian Moore. Moore is a big two-way right shooting defenseman. His record this season was 12 goals and 34 assists for 46 points in 28 games for St. Mark’s School in the USHS. The 6’3″ defenseman is committed to Harvard University next season and he’ll need to bulk up while he is there. He only weighs 165 lbs right now, so he needs to try and fill his large frame and get somewhere between 190 – 200 lbs.
Round 4: Pick #118
With the 118th overall pick I selected Ruben Rafkin. Rafkin is another two-way right shooting defenseman. The 6’0″ 190 lbs Finnish born defenseman is known to be a pest to play against. He uses his size well to win puck battles along the boards and has the playmaking ability to make a good first pass. With the Windsor Spitfires this season he had 4 goals and 27 assists for 31 points in 59 games. Another year in the OHL should allow him to improve any weaknesses.
Round 5: Pick #149
With the 149th overall pick I selected Grant Slukynsky from Warroad High of the USHS. Slukynsky is a 6’0′ 190 lbs goal scorer who is also a good playmaker. He had 30 goals and 45 assists for 75 points in 25 games. What I like about Slukynsky is that he is not afraid to grind and battle to win puck battles. He is committed to playing at Northern Michigan University next season.
Round 6: Pick #174
With the 174th overall pick I selected Samuel Hlavaj from the Sherbrooke Phoenix of the QMJHL. The 6’4″ goaltender from Slovakia posted a 2.25 goal against average (GAA) and a 0.915 Save Percentage (SV%) in 39 games. His record this season was 33-3-2.
Round 6: Pick #177
With the 177th overall pick I selected Tanner Dickinson from the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the OHL. The 6’0′ 154 lbs left winger had 9 goals and 31 assists for 40 points in 64 games. Dickinson can play up the middle or on the left wing with ease. He has great speed and sees the ice very well.
Round 6: Pick #184
With the 184th overall pick I selected Reid Valade from the Kitchener Rangers of the OHL. Valade is a very smooth skater with both speed and agility. He is constantly moving and hounding for the puck. The 5’10” 161 lbs right winger reminds me a little of Maple Leafs forward Zach Hyman. This season Valade had 18 goals and 21 assists for 39 points in 52 games.
Round 7: Pick #189
With the 189th overall pick I selected Winter Wallace from Shattuck St. Mary’s School of the USHS. This big 6’3″ power forward plays center and can be effective at both ends of the ice. This season saw him put up 19 goals and 31 assists for 50 points in 44 games. He is committed to Michigan State University next season.
Round 7: Pick #198
With the 198th overall pick I selected Adam Wilsby from Skelleftea AIK of the SHL. Wilsby is a left shooting defenseman from Sweden. He is 6’0″ 183 lbs and is a good two-way defenseman. He recorded 3 goals and 27 assists for 30 points in 41 games this season.
Round 7: Pick #216
With the 216th overall pick I selected Will Cranley from the Ottawa 67’s of the OHL. The 6’3″ goaltender posted a record of 18 wins and 2 losses in 21 appearances this season. He had a 2.81 GAA and a 0.894 SV%.
Final Thoughts on Maple Leafs Mock Draft
I know that this is just a mock draft and that the Maple Leafs might not pick any of these players. I thought I did a fairly good job addressing some of the Maple Leafs needs such as size, right shooting defensemen and two-way players.
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