Maple Leafs trade 58th overall pick to Panthers for 2025 second round pick, pick #225

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Alex Hobson
23 days ago
The Toronto Maple Leafs have traded their second round pick (No. 58) in the 2024 NHL Draft to the Florida Panthers in exchange for a second round pick in 2025 and a seventh round pick in the 2024 draft (No. 225).
Chris Johnston of The Athletic was the first to report.
The Maple Leafs previously acquired the No. 58 pick from the Anaheim Ducks in a deal to move down from No. 23 to No. 31, where they selected Oshawa Generals defenceman Ben Danford. The Panthers then used the No. 58 pick to select Swedish centre Linus Eriksson.
While likely an anti-climatic move from a fan perspective, it was a smart move for the Maple Leafs to make in terms of recouping assets. Until then, they had zero picks in the first four rounds of the 2025 draft, with the majority of those picks being dealt in trades for Jake McCabe and Ryan O’Reilly at the 2023 trade deadline.
The Maple Leafs’ next pick will come in the fourth round, at No. 120 overall. They have seven picks remaining now, with three in the fifth round and three in the seventh to follow their No. 120 pick.
If you missed the first round yesterday, here is what DFO Prospect Analyst Steven Ellis had to say about the Maple Leafs’ first round pick in Danford. You can read his Top-120 rankings here.
“For a defenseman with Danford’s offensive abilities, it’s crazy he had just one goal during the regular season with Oshawa. But he’s a guy his teammates like to rely on because he’s rarely caught making a mistake distributing the puck. I’ve seen Danford play both sides on the blueline this year but I think he’s got something going on the left side – it fits his shot better.”
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