2019 NHL Draft Recap: Mike Koster is a puck moving defenceman in the truest sense

This is my first of six 2019 NHL Draft Recap articles, in which I do a deep dive into every Maple Leafs selection from the 2019 NHL Entry Draft.
With the 146th overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, the Maple Leafs selected 5’9 American defenceman, Mike Koster. Koster, the 2nd overall selection in the 2017 USHL draft, spent time in high school and the USHL last season.
In order to get a glimpse of what Koster has to offer, I watched five games of his games from this past season: 1 from his time in the USHL game and 4 when he participated in the Hlinka-Gretzky Cup, where Koster was on Team USA’s top pair, 2nd power play unit and top penalty-killing unit.
Here’s my scouting report on him, including where I think he’s at as a player, and what his future projection is.
Scouting Report
As you may have been able to tell from the title of this article, Koster is a puck-moving defenceman. His transition game is his best asset, and it will be the driving force behind getting him to the NHL, should he ever get there. There are two main aspects of the transition game: transporting the puck out …

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Author: 51Leafs / The Leafs Nation

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