With their fourth selection of the 2022 NHL Draft, the Leafs have selected overaged forward Nikita Grebenkin out of Magnitogorsk’s system.
Welcome to Toronto, Nikita#NHLDraft | #LeafsForever pic.twitter.com/iZ2qo37ZaS
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) July 8, 2022
Grebenkin is a 6’2″, 176 pound forward who got into just one game at the KHL level last season but put up 17 goals and 47 assists in 58 MHL games. He is a skilled and dynamic forward with good vision who played with 2022 first-rounder Danila Yurov. His puck skills are his greatest attribute as he has the ability to create chances for his teammates by opening up space and beating defenders one-on-one. There is still room for him to improve his play away from the puck but this is the kind of high-upside swing we have come to expect from Kyle Dubas and his staff in the middle rounds of the draft.
#Leafs take LW Nikita Grebyonkin with the 135th overall pick. Overage Russian who had elite playmaking results in the junior league, a high shot rate that imply more goal upside, and was superb two-way. Don’t really know until he plays pro though, listed at 6’2 pic.twitter.com/R889pTEmlp
— Kyle Cushman (@Kyle_Cush) July 8, 2022
Stay tuned for more coverage of the Leafs’ 2022 NHL Draft picks.
(Statistics from EliteProspects.com)
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