Maple Leafs select Roni Hirvonen with the 59th overall pick

With plenty of talented players on the draft board heading into Day 2, the Leafs opted to move down and take advantage of the depth by trading the 44th overall pick to the Senators for the 59th and 64th picks overall. While the pick cost the Leafs a shot at players like Jan Mysak, Jeremy Poirer, the Leafs made the decision to go with quality and quantity by adding the extra high 3rd round pick and then using the later 2nd rounder on…
Roni Hirvonen
So what do you want to know about Hirvonen?
Well, he’s a Finnish center. He’s playing in Liiga right now. A lot of people are going to focus on the 5’9 aspect of Hirvonen, and certainly size might force him onto the wing if he comes to North America.
From Elite Prospects:
Hirvonen is dutiful in the defensive zone, maintaining an elevated work rate and putting on a clinic in body-leverage going into puck retrievals. He does a fantastic job of anticipating plays, closing passing & shooting lanes, and making defensive switches on the cycle. He moves the puck with pace and regularly finds teammates with high-danger passes.
In his two games this season, Hirvonen …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

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