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SenShot NHL Mock Draft Pick #21 - Toronto Maple Leafs


The Toronto Maple Leafs are a team in transition, having made the playoffs for the first time in ages and pushing the Bruins to within an eyelash of elimination.  While it was a wake-up call for the Bruins, the Leafs cannot overestimate their performance and think that the team is further ahead than they think they are.  They are up with the 21st pick in the SenShot mock draft.

#21 – TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS

 

TEAM STRENGTHS:  Goaltending, Solid Defense core

TEAM WEAKNESSES: Depth up the middle, skilled, offensively gifted forwards

HOCKEY’S FUTURE ORGANIZATIONAL PROSPECT RANK: 24th of 30 teams

UNDER CONSIDERATION:   Josh Morrisey, Rasmus Ristolainen, Nicolas Petan, Andre Burakovsky

FANSIDED MOCK DRAFT PICK: Editor In Leaf selected Andre Burakovsky

 

 

SENSHOT’S CHOICE: Rasmus Ristolainen from Turku in the Finnish Elite League. I am doing this mock draft and I can’t believe I haven’t had a team take him yet.  He is just too good to pass up any longer despite the Leafs’ strength on the blue line.  At 6’3″ and over 200 lbs, Ristolainen provides mobility, escapability and some physicality.  In the real draft he probably won’t be around at 21, but based on team needs that is where I have him slotted.

 

SENSHOT’S MOCK DRAFT TO DATE (click on team to view the selection):

PICK TEAM PICK
1 COLORADO Seth Jones, Portland (WHL)
2 FLORIDA Jonathan Drouin, Halifax (QMJHL)
3 TAMPA Nathan MacKinnon, Halifax (QMJHL)
4 NASHVILLE Valeri Nichushkin, Chelijabinsk 2 (KHL)
5 CAROLINA Darnell Nurse, Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)
6 CALGARY Sean Monahan, Ottawa (OHL)
7 EDMONTON Nikita Zadorov, London (OHL)
8 BUFFALO Max Domi, London (OHL)
9 NEW JERSEY Alexsander Barkov, Tappera (FIN)
10 DALLAS Hunter Shinkaruk, Medicine Hat (WHL)
11 PHILADELPHIA Zachary Furcale, Halifax (QMJHL)
12 PHOENIX Anthony Mantha, Val D’Or (QMJHL)
13 WINNIPEG Elias Lindholm, Brynas (SEL)
14 COLUMBUS Bo Horvat, London (OHL)
15 NYI Adam Erne, Quebec (QMJHL)
16 BUFFALO Frederik Gauthier, Rimouski (QMJHL)
17 OTTAWA Robert Hagg, Modo (SEL)
18 DETROIT Alexander Wennburg, Djurgardens (SEL)
19 COLUMBUS Samuel Morin, Rimouski (QMJHL)
20 SAN JOSE Kerby Rychel, Windsor (OHL)
21 TORONTO Rasmus Ristolainen, Turko (FIN)

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