After having to use the Maple Leafs’ top pick in the 2020 draft to dump Patrick Marleau’s contract, Kyle Dubas has traded his way back into the first round.
The Leafs dealt Kasperi Kapanen, Pontus Aberg, and Jesper Lindgren to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for the No. 15 overall pick in 2020, David Warsofsky, Evan Rodrigues, and Filip Hallander.
At a glance, this is a very solid trade for Dubas.
He moved a decent middle-six forward in Kapanen who can be replaced in the lineup by Nick Robertson in order to get a mid-first-round pick in a very deep draft, an interesting prospect in Hallander, and he opened up some much-needed cap room in the process.
This trade, of course, has the potential to become huge for the Leafs depending on what the team manages to do with the draft pick.
While the No. 15 overall slot obviously doesn’t guarantee an elite talent, there have been many very good players selected in that spot in recent years. Let’s take a look back at the last 15 drafts to get an idea of the players taken at No. 15.
2019 – Cole Caufield, Montreal Canadiens
Last spring, the Habs …
Author: Cam Lewis / The Leafs Nation