2022 TLN Prospect Rankings: #13 Mikko Kokkonen

Few players in the Toronto Maple Leafs system have a career progression as enigmatic as Mikko Kokkonen.
Kokkonen made his debut in the Finnish league at 15 years old and remains the youngest player in league history. By his draft year, he was a regular in the league, scoring the most points by a draft-eligible defenceman in Liiga in 17 years. When the Leafs drafted him in 2019 in the third round, it seemed like a no-brainer in terms of value at that selection.
However, his results have remained relatively stagnant in the three years since. As a result, Mikko Kokkonen falls down the TLN Top 20 Prospect Rankings for the second consecutive year, from #10 last summer to #13 in 2022.
Mikko Kokkonen
LD | Pelicans (Liiga) | Age: 21 | 5-foot-11 | 194 lbs | Shoots: LAcquired: 2019 Draft, 84th Overall | 2021 Ranking: #10
There was a sense of optimism surrounding Mikko Kokkonen heading into the 2021-22 season.
For starters, he was coming off of a strong showing at the end of the previous year, having joined the Toronto Marlies on an amateur try-out to finish the season. There, he produced seven points in 11 games, nearly matching the 10 points he scored in 39 more games during the Finnish league season.
Combined with his posit …

Read More

Author: Kyle Cushman / The Leafs Nation

TLN Prospect Rankings: Honourable Mentions

Our countdown of the top 20 prospects in the Maple Leafs’ system gets underway on Monday, and having already examined the players who graduated from last year’s list as well as the players who didn’t receive a vote for this year’s list, it is time to take a look at this year’s honourable mentions.
The following five players failed to crack our top 20 this time around, but they all received at least one vote from our team for this year’s ranking.
Brandon Lisowsky
W | Saskatoon (WHL) | 5’9″ | 172 lbs | Shoots: L 
Acquired: 2022 NHL Draft, seventh round, 218th overall | 2021 Ranking: N/A
The Leafs landed Lisowsky with their final selection in the 2022 draft at 218th overall, and while he is a long-term project, he has the potential to significantly outperform his draft slot over time. Many in the draft and scouting community had Lisowsky pegged to go much earlier than where the Leafs ultimately scooped him up – he landed in the 91st spot on TLN’s consolidated draft rankings and was ranked as high as 53rd on McKeen’s final list.
Lisowsky had a very productive draft year for Saskatoon, and his 33 goals were more than all WHL draft-eligibles aside from Matthew Savoie (9th overall) and Jagger Firkus (35th overall). He finished the year with 58 points in 68 games before adding another …

Read More

Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation