2022 TLN Prospect Rankings: The Goaltenders

The TLN prospect rankings are well underway, we’ve already knocked off our no votes, honourable mentions, and the first five prospects on our list. The thing you might remember from when we began this series is that we have purposely kept goaltenders out of it, as they are clearly their own thing. Rather than all of us trying to debate the value of a potential 20 game backup vs. potential bottom pairing defenseman vs. defensive specialist forward, we’re going to admit that it’s hard enough to compare goaltenders to each other let alone skaters.
So instead here are our top five affiliated goaltenders within the Leafs organization that aren’t established NHL goaltenders. So if you are looking for Matt Murray vs. Ilya Samsonov takes, you’ll have to check back likely in September. We do have goaltenders under contract with the Marlies on our list so, there’s that.
The one that thing really needs to be considered by everyone is that we have no idea what impact a goaltending coach change will make. With the exception of Dennis Hildeby, most of these goaltenders were brought in to work with Steve Briere and whether they are a fit for Curtis Sanford will be an interesting transition …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

2022 TLN Prospect Rankings: The No Vote Club

The 2022 TLN prospect rankings officially began yesterday, as Jon Steitzer opened the festivities by looking at the players who graduated from last summer’s rankings. We aren’t at the top 20 just quite yet, though, as first, we need to take a brief look at each of the players who did not receive a single top 20 vote this year.
First, a reminder of the criteria to be eligible for this year’s rankings. To be considered a prospect in the TLN rankings, the player must be under the age of 24 and has to have played 41 or fewer games (no more than the equivalent of half a regular season.) It should also be clear the player has to be on the Maple Leafs reserve list. No players that are on AHL or ECHL deals are included in the rankings. We’ve also excluded goaltenders from the rankings. Both prospects on AHL/ECHL contracts as well as the goaltenders in the pipeline will be discussed throughout the next month, just not as part of the actual rankings themselves.
John Fusco
RD | 5’11 | 181 lbs | Shoots: R | Harvard (ECAC) | Acquired: 2020 7th Round, 189th Overall
Despite being 21 years old and entering his DY+4 season in 2022-23, John Fusco has played a minimal amount of hockey at a high level.
When he was drafted as an overage prospect in 2020, Fusco was still playing in the United States High School Prep system with Dexte …

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Author: Kyle Cushman / The Leafs Nation

2022 Consolidated Seven Round Mock Draft

The rankings have been compiled, it’s time to get silly. The 2022 NHL Entry Draft begins tomorrow with the first round, before rounds 2-7 take place on Friday. With the draft finally here, every major outlet and public scout has released their rankings for 2022.
31 rankings have been compiled in recent weeks in order to form a consolidated list. A whopping 394 different players were ranked across the 31 rankings, with some as small as just the top 32 and others as large as the entire 225-pick draft. With this information gathered, we’ll look at how the top 225 consolidated players rank and the team that has the accompanying draft slot.
Rankings have been compiled from these outlets and some of their respective scouts:
Daily Faceoff
Dobber Prospects
Draft Prospects Hockey
Elite Prospects
Future Considerations
Hockey Prospecting
McKeen’s
Recruit Scouting
Smaht Scouting
Sportsnet
The Athletic
The Hockey News
The Hockey Writers
TSN
After compiling these lists and averaging each player’s rank across the 31 lists, the highest and lowest ranking for each player was removed from their average in order to eliminate any outlier results on either extreme. This, ideally, gives us a better and more accurate ranking.
Finally, a reminder that this is not how I think the draft will play out. This is simply the top 225 prospects from the consolidated list put in order with the team that owns the draft pick for that slot. This is not a prediction for how the draft will unfold, but …

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Author: Kyle Cushman / The Leafs Nation