It’s not the first time we’ve acknowledged on the site that there is a lack of excitement around the draft in Leafs land this year. The Leafs are in “Win now” mode, even if they have a funny way of showing it, but organizationally and also with fans, roster changes are the priority. Add that three draft picks is low even if Cliff Fletcher was the GM, and no first rounder takes away from a lot of the excitement as well. Throw in the fact that this year lacks true star power, and while there are some interesting names and the absolute wild card factor of COVID non-seasons, shortened seasons, etc., there are interesting elements to the two days in the draft coming up in late June.
Still, we see you draft and prospect people in Leafs land that want some draft content and we’re here to deliver. I’ll start by saying that the 2021 Draft Player Cards have been updated to reflect the most current draft rankings. You can find the player cards here, and you can find the explainer for our consolidated rankings and the Hunter Score here. The player cards have been updated to include the rankings from our own Nick Richard, as well as his scouting report on his top 32 prospects. 
As a reminder, the picks the Leafs do own in the draft are picks 57, 153, and 185.
Here are the rankings (that we’ll update once more after Bob McKenzie’s final list.)
RANK
NAME
LEAGUE
POS
1
Matthew Beniers
NCAA
F
2
Owen Power
NCAA
D
3
William Eklund
SHL
F
4
Brandt Clarke
OHL
D
5
Simon Edvinsson
Allsvenskan
D
6
Luke Hughes
USHL
D
7
Dylan Guenther
WHL
F
8
Jesper Wallstedt
SHL
G
9
Mason McTavish
OHL
F
10
Kent Johnson
NCAA
F
11
Fabian Lysell
SHL
F
12
Cole Sillinger
USHL
F
13
Chaz Lucius
USDP
F
14
Sebastian Cossa
WHL
G
15
Fyodor Svechkov
MHL
F
16
Matthew Coronato
USHL
F
17
Isak Rosen
SHL
F
18
Xavier Bourgault
QMJHL
F
19
Brennan Othmann
OHL
F
20
Francesco Pinelli
OHL
F
21
Nikita Chibrikov
MHL
F
22
Zachary Bolduc
QMJHL
F
23
Aatu Raty
Liiga
F
24
Simon Robertsson
SHL
F
25
Oskar Olausson
Superelit
F
26
Logan Stankoven
WHL
F
27
Zach Dean
QMJHL
F
28
Carson Lambos
Finland U20
D
29
Corson Ceulemans
AJHL
D
30
Matthew Samoskevich
USHL
F
31
Stanislav Svozil
CZECH
D
32
Zachary L’Heureux
QMJHL
F
33
Evan Nause
QMJHL
D
34
Jack Peart
USHL
D
35
Ville Koivunen
Finland U20
F
36
Daniil Chayka
OHL
D
37
Tristan Broz
USHL
F
38
Samu Tuomaala
Finland U20
F
39
Aleksi Heimosalmi
Finland U20
D
40
Matthew Knies
USHL
F
41
Sasha Pastujov
USHL
F
42
Ayrton Martino
USHL
F
43
William Stromgren
Allsvenskan
F
44
Dylan Duke
USHL
F
45
Sean Behrens
USHL
D
46
Olen Zellweger
WHL
D
47
Artyom Grushnikov
MHL
D
48
Benjamin Gaudreau
OHL
G
49
Scott Morrow
USHS
D
50
Tyler Boucher
USDP
F
51
Wyatt Johnston
OHL
F
52
Brett Harrison
OHL
F
53
Prokhor Poltapov
MHL
F
54
Logan Mailloux
OHL
D
55
Ryder Korczak
WHL
F
56
Chase Stillman
OHL
F
57
Brent Johnson
USHL
D
58
Oliver Kapanen
Finland U20
F
59
Jack Bar
USHL
D
60
Anton Olsson
SHL
D
61
Samu Salminen
Finland U20
F
62
Cole Jordan
WHL
D
63
Peter Reynolds
QMJHL
F
64
Victor Stjernborg
SHL
F
65
Kirill Kirsanov
MHL
D
66
Alexander Kisakov
MHL
F
67
Vincent Iorio
WHL
D
68
Ilya Fedotov
MHL
F
69
Matvei Petrov
MHL
F
70
Shai Buium
USHL
D
71
Samuel Helenius
Liiga
F
72
Trevor Wong
WHL
F
73
Ty Voit
OHL
F
74
Dmitri Kuzmin
Belarus
D
75
Danila Klimovich
Belarus
F
76
James Malatesta
QMJHL
F
77
Justin Robidas
QMJHL
F
78
Ryan Ufko
USHL
D
79
Ethan Del Mastro
OHL
D
80
Dmitri Katelevsky
VHL
F
81
Vladislav Lukashevich
MHL
D
82
Aidan Hreschuk
USHL
D
83
Nolan Allan
WHL
D
84
Conner Roulette
WHL
F
85
Liam Dower Nilsson
Superelit
F
86
Robert Orr
QMJHL
F
87
Kyle Masters
WHL
D
88
Aleksi Malinen
Liiga
D
89
Sean Tschigerl
WHL
F
90
Olivier Nadeau
QMJHL
F
91
Tristan Lennox
OHL
G
92
Dmitri Kostenko
MHL
D
93
Cole Huckins
QMJHL
F
94
Jake Martin
USHL
D
95
Josh Doan
USHL
F
96
Cameron Whynot
QMJHL
D
97
Colton Dach
WHL
F
98
Roman Schmidt
USHL
D
99
Connor Lockhart
OHL
F
100
Ethan Cardwell
OHL
F
I’m sure that a lot of these names don’t mean a whole lot to you, but that’s where I suggest using our Player Cards as a starting resource as many of the players listed have their 2020-21 or 2019-20 stats listed. It will also give the breakdown on each player of what scouting service ranked each player where.
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One of the things that doesn’t truly come through when dumping a list of names is the proximity of score for many of these players. There are players ranked lower than 57 on the consolidated rankings that received first round consideration from some services, and at the very least there is a high variance between the services on who is considered an early 2nd round pick versus someone who shouldn’t be taken in the first three rounds. Like most years the players in the top 25 are almost universally acknowledged as first rounders, and while maybe not the caliber of other drafts, but there is very much an established top three as well.
Given the tendency for there to always be a name or two to slide down the rankings from potentially being a late first to the late second and beyond, the Leafs will have options in the second round. And given how wide open COVID has made things this year there is certainly the potential for steals with the 5th and 6th round picks as well.
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A team that has done their homework might not walk away with a future star, but could realistically restock their system with solid talent that other teams overlooked. Even if the Leafs are quiet during the draft, it should be an interesting event to witness.