The NHL Draft Combine returned for the first time in three years in Buffalo over the weekend, with over 80 prospects attending the event as the draft cycle really kicks into high gear.
The combine not only provides an opportunity to gather physical data for the various prospects in attendance but also gives teams the chance to meet with prospects and conduct their own interviews. For most of the prospects not ranked in the top five or so, this means meeting with a significant number of teams, so don’t read into who spoke to what teams.
That being said, a few prospects the Leafs were confirmed to have spoken with included:
Lian Bichsel, Left Defence, SHL
Luca Del Bel Belluz, Centre, OHL
Marco Kasper, Centre, SHL
Jiri Kulich, Centre, Extraliga
Bryce McConnell-Barker, Centre, OHL
Rutger McGroarty, Left Wing, USNTDP
Filip Mesar, Right Wing, Slovakia
Calle Odelius, Left Defence, SHL
Noah Ostlund, Centre, SHL
Owen Pickering, Left Defence, WHL
Now, these players all spoke with upwards of 25 teams, with some even speaking to all 32 NHL clubs. Others, such as Brad Lambert, Jonathan Lekkerimaki, Liam Ohgren, Pavel Mintyukov, Maveric Lamoureux, and Owen Beck spoke to a similar number of teams but it was not confirmed whether or not they spoke to the Maple Leafs.
While it’s interesting to see who the Leafs are speaking with, there really isn’t much insight to be gained here. All of …
Author: Kyle Cushman / The Leafs Nation