The Leafs Now Own The 24th Overall Pick in the 2015 Draft

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, SportsnetBrock Boeser – Winger – Waterloo (USHL)

Craig Button, TSNTravis 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…

  • I’m hopping for Travis Konecny, Paul Bittner, or Daniel Sprong to fall to 24th but if not I’d be happy with Jake Debrusk or Nicolas Roy. Hopefully we can pick up more first round picks in either this year or next years draft. If the Leafs don’t get Austin Mathews next year then I’m sure Logan Brown would be a good consolation prize.

  • Jeremy Ian

    There are great options here. In retrospect, the Nashville trade was great for us. Really great. Between the Clarkson trade and this one, they mark a major turn.

  • Jeremy Ian

    Paul Bittner ranked #24 by Button

    Oliver Kylington ranked #24 by ISS

    Brock Boeser ranked #24 by Sportsnet

    Jake DeBrusk ranked #24 by McKeens

    Thomas Novak ranked #24 by HockeyProspect.com

    Filip Chlapik ranked #24 for Bob McKenzie

    (according to the moderator at MLHS); shows the rankings can be mobile.

    Chlapik also looks really great. C. 6′ 1″. Great skill. Many rank him higher. But if he’s still available at 24 — he’s interesting.

    http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=157524

  • Tom B

    I have faith in the almighty Huntbas pairing to pick a great player with that pick.

    Quite limited in my own knowledge of the prospects around this pick but only heard good stuff about. Kocnency or Hansen

    Or you never know this pick might be traded for something else.

    I’m mucho excited for this offseason and draft.

  • silentbob

    You have to take size into consideration. The Leafs will take Marner, which adds to a long list of tiny forward prospects. You say you would love to draft the tiniest forwards and defencemen listed in the 1st round.
    Also, I see the same favoring home-grown talent, as CS and IS, vs. the last mock draft and IS draft included the results of U18 worlds, and have placed the highest scorers at the U18, Guryanov, 6’2 and Ek-Ericksson, 6’2, a lot higher on their lists. Mock draft now has Chabot 6’2 at #22, and Dergachev 6’4 at #24. I might like Colin White over all those guys (in a game I play, where the five players on the ice are clones, White wins round one).

  • Jeremy Ian

    You have to take size into consideration. The Leafs will take Marner, which adds to a long list of tiny forward prospects. You say you would love to draft the tiniest forwards and defencemen listed in the 1st round.
    Also, I see the same favoring home-grown talent, as CS and IS, vs. the last mock draft and IS draft included the results of U18 worlds, and have placed the highest scorers at the U18, Guryanov, 6’2 and Ek-Ericksson, 6’2, a lot higher on their lists. Mock draft now has Chabot 6’2 at #22, and Dergachev 6’4 at #24. I might like Colin White over all those guys (in a game I play, where the five players on the ice are clones, White wins round one).

      • silentbob

        Define better player. Is the small 25 goal scorer who brings less physicality to the game better then 6’2 20 goal scorer who is also a wrecking ball?

        To some teams, some styles of play, size is important. Look at the Kings, a big element of their style/system is hitting – http://www.thescore.com/nhl/news/598595 – a team full of Kessel’s and Lupul’s and Nylander’s wouldn’t be successful playing that style of hockey.

        I don’t think we know right now how Shanahan and co. are going to build the Leafs, they might value someone like Chabot or Boeser or White more then a Konecny based on style of play and everything those players bring to the table. Or the opposite might be true, but since we don’t know I think most people are going by their style preference

        • Then the Leafs don’t employ that play style. The way it looks like the Leafs are rebuilding, the play style of Chicago is much better suited when taking into account they have in their system and who they can potentially draft.

        • For every Los Angeles example, there’s a team like the Blackhawks that has a bit of everything. Jonathan Toews can thump with the best of them, but Patrick Kane is not crashing bodies and intimidating opponents with size.

          At this point, it doesn’t matter what type of style the Leafs want to play. They have next to nothing in way of blue chip prospects and can’t get picky. You simply take whoever you think is the best player.

          You don’t pick Strome over Marner or Boeser over Konecny just because they’re bigger and heavier. If you think that Strome and Marner are equal in terms of impact on the game, then sure, size doesn’t hurt. But if you’re concerned about Strome’s skating and think that might hold him back, who cares if he’s 6’2?

          Drafting size and for style of play is no better than drafting for need. Same thing. It’s a bad idea, especially when you’re as prospect poor as the Leafs.

          • silentbob

            “Little of everything” teams don’t work. 1 or 2 outlayers don’t affect the over all team concept. The Kings have Gaborik, doesn’t mean the majority of the team can’t play their game.

            I 100% disagree. Management has to have (and I’d be surprised if they don’t) an idea of what kind of hockey they want this team to play and what kind of them want they it to be, and that will play a large role in who the best player available at any given draft position is to them. You don’t draft a center because you need a center, but you have to have a plan about what you’re doing.

            You’re right you don’t pick Strome or Boeser beause they are bigger. You also don’t pick Marner or Konecny because they might be a bit more skilled. You pick them because they bring to the table what you value and what you’re looking for in a player. By the same token, if you want to employ a style more like the Kings, you can’t add guys who won’t be successful/excel in that system.

            You clearly value “skill” above all other attributes, nothing wrong with that, that could be how the Leafs are looking at things as well. But maybe not and you can’t claim its the only way to value players. To some Strome’s size does make him a better choice then Marner. It all depends on how you weight the different factors.

          • Jeremy Ian

            Not sure having a mixture means there’s no concept or a plan. I don’t follow your disagreement unless you are saying marginal size>marginal skill — so, how YOU are weighing the different factors.

        • Jeremy Ian

          Agreed that we don’t yet know what kind of team we are in store for. Until now, they’ve been shedding the old skin. Now we get to see some of the new stuff.

          But not all big guys are “wrecking balls.”

          In fact, Strome is noticeable for NOT doing this when he could. Read this posting and look at the shift by shift reel. Very illuminating about Strome’s style. Smart, opportunistic, gliding, but not fast or physical. Seems to be the same with some of these other guys.

          http://mapleleafshotstove.com/2015/05/14/dylan-strome-scouting-report/

          Always have to take size into account, but I agree with Koki that Chicago’s mix may be more the style we’ll see….

  • silentbob

    It depends greatly on what kind of team Shanahan and co. want to build. We don’t know what kind of hockey team they want yet – big and strong on the forecheck…….. two-way and hard to play against……smart (hockey IQ) and possession driven……fast and skilled…..some other combo. We don’t know yet what kind of team they are going to put together.

    Personally, I like the bigger, two-way, hard to play against style of hockey (also, the half-year we had some success Carlyle got a bunch of fast, skilled guys to play that way, for what thats worth), so I’d lean more toward a Boeser or Chabot or White (along with Hanifin or Strome 4th). But that is greatly informed by the style I’d like to see them play.

  • silentbob

    Why isn’t there more hype around Oliver Kylington? Scouts are saying that he might be the best skater in this draft. That paired up with Rielly would be poetry in motion

  • FlareKnight

    A lot of good options at 24. Obviously it would have been ideal to drop one more spot to 23 just to get the highest pick possible, but will just work with what we have.

    Not sure who the right pick is there, but certainly all for going for the highest upside they can find. Got to aim for those guys who if they turn out will be better than anyone expected for that spot.

  • Gary Empey

    Using ISS HOCKEY TOP 30 – MAY

    If one of these are still available from the 19-23 group

    19 Nick Merkley (C) Kelowna Rockets
    20 Joel Eriksson Ek (C) Färjestad
    21 Brandon Carlo (D) Tri-City Americans
    22 Jakub Zboril (D) Saint John Sea Dogs
    23 Jérémy Roy (D) Sherbrooke Phoenix

    I like, in this order- Jakub Zboril, Nick Merkley, Brandon Carlo
    ——————-

    If chosing from this group

    24 Denis Guryanov (RW/LW) Ladia Togliatti
    25 Jansen Harkins (C) Prince George Cougars
    26 Daniel Sprong (RW) Charlottetown Islanders
    27 Jake DeBrusk (LW) Swift Current Broncos
    28 Jeremy Bracco (C/RW) U.S. National U18 Team
    29 Noah Juulsen (D) Everett Silvertips

    I like, in this order- Daniel Sprong, Noah Juulsen, Jansen Harkins