We finally know where that Nashville Predators first round pick will land.
With this evening’s New York Rangers’ overtime win over the Washington Capitals, Toronto will hold the 24th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. The Leafs acquired the pick, along with Olli Jokinen and prospect Brendan Leipsic, when they sent Cody Franson and Mike Santorelli to Nashville at the deadline.
All in all, 24th overall is not that bad. At best the pick could have dropped as low as 22nd, and at worst it could have been as high as 30th. You can thank the Chicago Blackhawks for eliminating Nashville early.
While we certainly don’t know who the Leafs will select with their second of first round picks, you can expect it to be a quality prospect. The 2015 Draft is by all accounts a pretty good and pretty deep draft, but the latter half of the first round will be very difficult to predict.
If you want to get familiar with some of the names that could be called by Toronto with their late first, here are some of the players that several scouting services and networks have ranked 24th on their lists…
ISS – Denis Guryanov – Winger – Lada Togliatti (Russia Jr.)
McKeen’s Hockey – Jake DeBrusk – Winger – Swift Current (WHL)
Future Considerations – Oliver Kylington – Defenceman – Farjestad BK (SHL)
The Hockey News – Travis Konecny – Centre – Ottawa (OHL)
Corey Pronman, ESPN – Jansen Harkins – Centre – Prince George (WHL)
Damien Cox, Sportsnet – Brock Boeser – Winger – Waterloo (USHL)
Craig Button, TSN – Travis Konecny – Centre – Ottawa (OHL)
Who would you like to see Toronto draft with their 24th overall pick? Some of these guys might not even be available, but I’d love to see Travis Konecny, Oliver Kylington, Jeremy Roy, Nick Merkley (Kelowna, WHL) or Jeremy Bracco (US NTDP, USHL) pulling a Leafs sweater over their head. Let me know what you think in the comments below…