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I’m beginning to think that “small, skilled forwards” was a major priority for the Leafs this year.
Dipping into the QMJHL for their 5th round selection, the Toronto Maple Leafs have drafted Dmytro Timashov of the Quebec Remparts. A 5’9, 192lb winger, Timashov scored 19 goals and a team-leading (and rookie-leading) 90 points in 66 games this season. In the playoffs, Timashov added another 18 points in 22 games.
Don’t let the name fool you – Timashov is not a Russian import. Born in Kirovograd, Ukraine, Timashov actually came up through the Djugarden and MODO youth programs in Sweden before making the jump to Quebec. On the international circuit, Timashov has suited up for Sweden’s U18 and U17 teams.
This is, in my opinion, an excellent fifth round pick. This is the kind of swing-for-the-fences selection that can pay off big in the long run.
ESPN’s Corey Pronman ranked Timashov 66th on his draft list, and had this to say about the shifty winger…
A player of Swedish/Ukrainian descent, Timashov has never played in an IIHF game, was good but not amazing last season in Sweden, and then came overseas for 2014-15 and lit the Quebec league on fire. He’s a fantastic skater with explosive acceleration and speed, and combined with his puck-handling skills, this makes him very threatening off the rush. Timashov has a lot of flash to his game, and though he can force plays at times, overall he makes a lot happen. He’s another undersized guy, with the requisite issues in one-on-one battles and in the defensive zone.
Future Considerations also ranked Timashov a lot higher than where the Leafs were able to grab him, up in 72nd…
Timashov is an electrifying forward who makes plays out of nothing. He is a very fluid skater
and he is always moving his feet. He has very good hockey sense and seems to always be in
the right place at the right time. He is small in stature but makes up for it with his quickness and
hockey smarts; he is always aware of his surroundings. He also seems to avoid hits and rolls off
potential checks thanks to his agility. Everything with this guy is at top speed. He sees a lot of
powerplay time and does major damage with the extra man. Spins off checks and makes clever
passes. Timashov gets to top speed very quickly and his patience with the puck is impressive.
He is willing to mix it up in the corners and along the wall, showing some spunk. Defensively, he
is responsible, but his area of expertise is truly in the offensive zone. He is a pass first player
and would be even more dangerous if he attacked the net more often with a shot of his own.
And most importantly…
Dmytro Timashov, a Ukrainian winger and the Leafs latest pick, says he’s good friends with William Nylander. Two trained together.
— Jonas Siegel (@jonasTSN1050) June 27, 2015
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