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Toronto Maple Leafs 2020 Draft Picks Update

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At the 2020 NHL draft, the Toronto Maple Leafs selected 12 players. Here is an update on how those 12 players are doing so far this season.

All player stats are from Eliteprospects.com

Rodion Amirov

Rodion Amirov is currently playing for Salavat Yulaev Ufa in the KHL. The 19-year-old has nine goals and four assists for 13 points in 39 games played.

Amirov has no points so far in the first three games of Salavat Yulaev’s conference quarterfinals playoff matchup against Traktor. Salavat Yulaev leads the series 2-1 with game four set for tomorrow (March 9th).

Roni Hirvonen

Roni Hirvonen is in his second season with Assat of the Finnish Elite League. So far this season he has six goals and 12 assists for 18 points in 41 games.

The Leafs’ 2nd round draft pick has surpassed his point totals from last season and will look to try and help Assat finish the season in the top 10. The team was in 9th place last year when the season was canceled due to Covid-19.

Topi Niemela

Topi Niemela has four points in 15 games for Karpat in the Finnish Elite League this season. The defenseman had a very good showing at the World Junior Championship where he recorded eight points in seven games for Team Finland.

Karpat is currently in 7th place but is within striking distance of a top-three finish. Niemela will be looking to help them do that.

Artur Akhtyamov

Artur Akhtyamov had a decent regular season for Bars Kazan of the VHL with a 1.66 GAA and .944 SV% in 14 games. The Maple Leafs 4th round draft pick has struggled in the playoffs though. In the three games he’s appeared in, his GAA is 3.01 and his SV% is .891.

When Toronto selected Akhtyamov with the 106th overall draft pick in the 2020 NHL draft, it was because of the great season he had for Irbis Kazan of the MHL. He has a 1.80 GAA and a .931 SV% in 46 games that season with seven shutouts.

William Villeneuve

William Villeneuve is in his third season with the Saint John Sea Dogs of the QMJHL. So far this season he has one goal and five assists for six points in 15 games.

Last season he had 58 points in 64 games for the Sea Dogs which are pretty good numbers for a defenseman. A big reason why the Leafs used one of their 4th round picks in the draft to select him.

Dmitri Ovchinnikov

Dmitri Ovchinnikov is having a very good season with 20 goals and 31 assists for 51 points in 40 games for Sibirskie Snaipery Novosibirsk of the MHL. He could surpass his point totals from last season which were 24 goals and 31 assists for 55 points in 54 games.

His stats are impressive and we need to remember that he is still only 18 years old. Time will tell if he can produce similar stats at the next level. He will likely be a regular for Sibir Novosibirsk of the KHL next season.

Veeti Miettinen

Veeti Miettinen is having a decent season in his first year at St. Cloud State University. He has recorded 10 goals and 13 assists for 23 points in 24 games.

He is committed to playing at St. Cloud State University, so it could be three or four years before we see him playing within the Maple Leafs organization.

Axel Rindell

Axel Rindell in his second season with Jukurit of the Finnish Elite League. He currently has six goals and 16 assists for 22 points in 35 games.

The decent stats won’t matter much as Jukurit is last in the Liiga standings this season. It will be interesting to see if Rindell will remain in Finland next season or try coming over to North America.

Joe Miller

Joe Miller has recorded four goals and six assists for 10 points in 25 games for the Chicago Steel of the USHL. The Maple Leafs 6th round draft pick is committed to the University of Minnesota next season.

We should be able to get a better understanding of his abilities once he’s playing in the NCAA system next season.

John Fusco

John Fusco is also in his last season of USHL hockey. This season he has two goals and 10 assists for 12 points in 20 games. This 7th round draft pick of the Leafs is committed to playing at Harvard University next season.

Just like Miller, we’ll be able to get a better understanding of Fusco’s abilities once he’s playing at the NCAA level.

Wyatt Schingoethe

Wyatt Schingoethe has eight goals and six assists for 14 points in 26 games this season. He is in his final season with the Waterloo Black Hawks of the USHL.

Schingoethe is committed to playing at Western Michigan University of the NCAA next season.

Ryan Tverberg

Ryan Tverberg was the Maple Leafs’ 12th and final selection in the 2020 NHL draft. He is in his first NCAA season with the University of Connecticut. So far this season he has recorded four goals and three assists for seven points in 13 games.

Final Thoughts on these 2020 draft picks

The Maple Leafs did a fantastic job of stockpiling prospects at this draft. Selecting 12 players in seven rounds is a good haul. We will of course see some of these players at the AHL or NHL level sooner than others, but I’m looking forward to watching them all develop.

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