The Leafs entered this offseason with a prospect cupboard that was beginning to look rather bare, and were without a first round pick for the second consecutive year. With the Leafs tight against the salary cap and in need of some retooling, Kyle Dubas struck while the iron was hot and made a deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins centered around Kasperi Kapanen. The Leafs acquired multiple assets for the speedy young winger, but the biggest piece coming back to Toronto was the 15th overall pick in the 2020 NHL draft.
There was plenty of speculation leading up to the draft regarding whether Toronto would trade the newly acquired pick for immediate help, or stand pat and add an exciting new prospect to their organization. Dubas took the decision down to the final moment and when the clock ran out, the Leafs announced the selection of Russian forward Rodion Amirov.
The Leafs’ most recent first round pick makes his debut on our list at number three and is the first prospect in our countdown to receive an “A” grade from TheLeafsNation’s team of voters, putting him in a tier above the rest of the names we’ve seen to this point …
Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation