The Leafs selected SDA in the 3rd round in 2018, Kyle Dubas’ first draft as GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs. SDA came with an odd amount of hype right off the bat, as many prospect gurus were quick to point out that he was a small, skilled player that had a chance at being a high-end skilled player, or having almost no shot at all, quite similar to Jeremy Bracco when he was drafted in 2015. Bracco didn’t work out, but SDA still has plenty of years in him to show that he can be an impact player.
His play since has been somewhat inconsistent, a big part as to why this hype has since gone down a bit. His draft +1 season was disappointing, but he also followed it up with a stellar 2019-20 season playing alongside fellow Leafs prospect Nick Robertson. He’s likely to be staying in Russia where he’s currently playing, but there’s a chance he could end up coming back to North America and play somewhere in the Leafs system once the season resumes, either with the Newfoundland Growlers or the Toronto Marlies, so his first full professional season might be the most important …
Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation