November 31 in 31: Toronto Maple Leafs

Hayden Soboleski

2020-11-26

The 31-in-31 Offseason Series is an annual event here at DobberProspects! Every day in November we will be bringing you a complete breakdown of a team’s draft and insights into their off-season movements thus far. Following this up, the December 31-in-31 Series will dive into every team’s prospect depth charts with fantasy insights and implications for the upcoming seasons. Check back often, because we plan on filling your hockey withdrawal needs until the season begins!

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Toronto entered the off-season with playoff disappointment once again and as a result, we’ve seen plenty of change. The locker room will feature many new faces in both big and small roles. The vibe isn’t all negative though, because, at the end of the day, the club still sports one of the most potent offenses in the league and will have expectations to finally make a long playoff run. With a cap crunch in place, many returning and incoming players accepted bargain deals to stay in town and be a part of the solution, which is always a positive sign for an organization. And on top of all of this, the Leafs entered the Entry Draft with a first-round-pick and plenty more after that to keep the cupboards stocked as the quest for a championship continues.

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DRAFT RECAP

Round 1, 15th overall: Rodion Amirov, LW

Amirov is a highly-skilled two-way winger who is already amid his second KHL campaign, despite recently turning 19-years-old. He doesn’t have elite hands or speed, but he’s smart and talented enough to move the puck from end-to-end without issue. He recently represented Team Russia at the 2020 Karjala Cup and was named the top forward of the tournament. He could stand to put on a few pounds and gain some foot speed, but he’s got all the tools to be a great play-driver against top competition. He could push for a spot on the Leafs as soon as 2022, depending on the outcome of his current KHL contract extension negotiations. He will play a big role for Team Russia at the upcoming WJCs.

Round 2, 59th overall: Roni Hirvonen, LW

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