2019 Leafs Prospect Rankings — The Fence Sitters: Mikko Kokkonen

Mikko Kokkonen
Position: LHD
Age: 18
Physical: Height: 5’11″ / 181 cm, Weight: 198 lbs / 90 kg
TLN Top-20 Ranking From Last Year: N/A
Draft Information: 2019 3rd-round, 84th overall
In the position that the Toronto Maple Leafs are currently in, they will need to have a cycle of high-ceiling prospects reach the NHL at a timely rate. Giving them cheap production for multiple years, while also possibly contributing for a longer length of time and extending the window of contention.
If anything, the recent championship teams like the St. Louis Blues and Washington Capitals have shown the league that elite talent carries them far but it’s the consistency of always being in the playoffs that ends up finally working out. The Capitals don’t get there without young players like Jakub Vrana or Andre Burakovsky contributing in a depth role while still under 23-years-old. The Blues had 19-year-old Robert Thomas as a key forward for the regular season and playoffs.
The Leafs haven’t won a first-round playoff series yet, but they will eventually and will need some youth to keep that success going down the line. As their current core ages, it will take some draft picks to hit their potential and …

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Author: Thomas Williams / The Leafs Nation

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