But where Konecny ends up in the draft right now is anyone’s best guess, ranked anywhere in the 10-20 range in most major scouting services. Konecny may rise due to a certain GM’s preference, or fall due to the possibility he doesn’t fit into anyone’s plan. While perhaps not likely, there’s an outside chance that he’ll still be on the board when the Leafs are picking at 24th, so it’s sensible to analyze if he’ll fit in with the roster.
Konecny, who played both centre and wing in his time in Ottawa, posted an impressive 10 points in 5 playoff games this OHL post-season, bowing out in five games to Niagara. He posted 26 goals and 44 assists (25 primary) in his rookie year in 63 games to lead his team in scoring, before putting up 29 goals and 39 assists (27 primary) this past year over 60 games. CHLstats.com’s estimated points/60 minutes puts Konecny at 10th this season amongst regular 17 year old forwards in the OHL. Respectable, but not off-the chart numbers.
The Eye Test
Konecny possesses the ability to score in a number of different ways. Using his hands:
Using his speed:
Does he make the Leafs’ Shortlist?
If Konecny is still available when the Leafs pick at 24, he may very well end up in the Blue and White. Konecny may not be the most attractive selection in this draft, but for a mid-late first round-pick, he also doesn’t seem like the worst player to work with. If the Leafs are looking for a guy to develop and he’s still available, Konecny may be the one to pick, with clear natural athletic ability, leadership skills, and what could be a dream young leader for a coach like Mike Babcock. For a team supposedly lacking in leadership, a kid captaining an OHL team at 17 who’s familiar with the city of Toronto might be a good start. Konecny may never develop into a true star player, but he does at least appear to be able to make an impact on any hockey team that he suits up for. Whether that translates to the NHL is yet to be determined.
Social Media Skills
Is this real? Leafs 4-1up on Boston
— Travis Konecny (@traviskonecny) May 14, 2013
Well, maybe not the best choice for the Leafs. There’s also this, posted the day after the Leafs’ infamous snub earlier this year.
Travis Konecny, folks. Already a pro at handling the tough East Coast media.
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