One of the six draft picks the Toronto Maple Leafs selected last weekend on the floor of Rogers Arena in Vancouver was a 5-foot-9 defenceman coming out of a high school program in Minnesota with the entire hockey world ahead of him.
A common enough story in his field, but as Mike Koster is just starting his career beyond high school with the Tri-City Storm of the USHL, he is clearly a different type of player.
Selected 146th overall, in the fifth round of the 2019 NHL Draft, Koster was never ranked by any major scouting outlet. Nothing widely spread, or any intense breakdown of his game involving tape of his elite skating ability, he was likely an unknown prospect among the casual fan that invests a portion of time into draft research.
But around circles in his hometown of Chaska, Minnesota, there was the typical hype that is involved in a draft-eligible player.
If anyone in the town of a population of 26,561 people knew the potential of Koster, it was his now-former high school coach and former Buffalo Sabres draft pick, Dave Snuggerud.
“I first met Mike in seventh grade and what impressed me first was when he walked out …
Author: Thomas Williams / The Leafs Nation