TLN 2018 Prospect Ranking: N/A
Draft Information: 6th round, 156th overall in 2018
I’ll kick this one off by briefly discussing how the Leafs acquired Holmberg. I have a series coming out shortly about what we can infer from the way a team gets the rights to a player, so it’s fitting to do the same with Holmberg.
On the surface, it’s nothing special. The Leafs selected Holmberg in the 6th round of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, 156th overall. What’s curious, however, is that the 156th pick happens to be the first of the 6th round, which was originally owned by Buffalo. In fact, the Sabres held this pick right until the end of the 5th round, then swapped it for the Leafs 2019 6th.
The first thing we learn is that Toronto was clearly targeting Holmberg, and they made this trade specifically to get him. Toronto’s two picks prior to Holmberg were 118th (Mac Hollowell), and 149th (Filip Kral). I’m not sure what exactly lead to this deal, but the Leafs could have taken Holmberg at 149th if they didn’t think he would be available at their next …
Author: Earl Schwartz / The Leafs Nation