2019 Leafs Prospect Rankings — The Long Shots: Eemeli Räsänen

Position: Defenceman2018 TLN Top 20 Rank: #17
How Acquired: 2017 2nd Round (59th Overall)
Why Räsänen’s in this tier
Quite literally, he’s long. And he’s got a shot. At 6’7″, he’s going to always been known as a “really tall defenceman”, whether he likes it or not. Always thought of as a bit of a project, the Finnish player had a bit of a rough 2018-19 season, bouncing around through three different clubs without ever really finding consistency in his icetime. After spending his draft year as well as his D+1 year with the Kingston Frontenacs of the OHL, Räsänen intended to spend the past year with Jokerit of the KHL, based in Helsinki, Finland. A right-handed defenceman, a player with Rasanen’s ceiling could be a very hot commodity around the league.
Räsänen spoke last summer with Sportsnet’s Luke Fox about his decision to sign with Jokerit, on a two-year deal:
“I need harder games than junior,” the towering Toronto Maple Leafs prospect said Tuesday at development camp. “I decided the KHL must be the best for me.”
But vague injuries, team depth and the coaching decisions to often sit Rä …

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Author: Adam Laskaris / The Leafs Nation

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