4 top prospects that could fall to the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round

The 2022 NHL Entry Draft is less than a week away and the offseason is about to kick into high gear.
For the Maple Leafs, the first step of the offseason process comes next Thursday, when they are set to select in the first round for the first time since drafting Rodion Amirov 15th overall in 2020.
While the 2020 draft when pretty much as expected through the first 15 picks, with minimal surprises or fallers, the 2022 draft does not appear to be the same. Outside of a consensus top three prospects (the order of which varies quite a bit), the draft is set to be one of the more unpredictable in recent memory.
As a result, multiple prospects that have landed inside the top 15 on the consolidated board quite very well end up still available come the Toronto Maple Leafs first-round pick at 25th overall.
Excerpts for each prospect are taken from Nick Richard’s final 2022 draft rankings, while statistics are pulled from Pick224 and Elite Prospects.
Frank Nazar
Consolidated #8
Frank Nazar ticks a lot of boxes as a top prospect entering the draft. He was a star for the USNTDP this year, producing as one of the top players with the program. His 35 points in 24 USHL games with the program put him fourth in the league in points per game and second among draft-eligible players, only behind teammate and expected top-three pick, Logan Cooley.
Nazar was also a maj …

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Author: Kyle Cushman / The Leafs Nation

5 potential third-round targets for the Toronto Maple Leafs

With the 2022 NHL Entry Draft just over a week away, it’s time to start looking at prospects that could be targeted for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Most of the attention has gone to their 25th overall pick, as it is the first time the Leafs have held a first-round pick since 2020 when they drafted Rodion Amirov, but it is important for Toronto to hit on their later picks as well. Currently holding the 79th overall pick and potentially adding more mid-round picks depending on what the week ahead has in store, today we’ll be looking at prospects expected to be available in the Leafs range during the third round.
Excerpts on each prospect have been taken from Nick Richard’s final top 100 rankings for the 2022 draft, be sure to check out the list in full for lots of great information on prospects throughout the draft board.
Nick Moldenhauer, RW, USHL
Consolidated #76
Not dissimilar from Matt Knies’ draft season a year ago, Nick Moldenhauer is an intriguing prospect thanks to his excellent play late in the USHL season.
To begin the year, Moldenhauer was sidelined with an illness that kept him out through Chicago’s training camp and the first month of the season. Upon finally getting back to health and making his season debut, Moldenhauer was cut on …

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Author: Kyle Cushman / The Leafs Nation

TLN’s 2022 Consolidated Draft Rankings

The 2022 NHL Entry Draft is nearly here. In just over a week, Montreal will host the first in-person draft in three years, setting up for an event to remember. Not only do the Canadiens hold the first overall pick, but there is also uncertainty as to who will be the first name off the board, in addition to plenty of intriguing storylines down the order.
22 rankings currently have been compiled for this consolidated ranking. Lists from the following outlets have been included, as well as rankings from individual scouts from these outlets:
Daily Faceoff
Dobber Prospects
Draft Prospects Hockey
Elite Prospects
Future Considerations
Hockey Prospecting
McKeen’s
Recruit Scouting
Smaht Scouting
Sportsnet
The Athletic
The Hockey News
The Hockey Writers
TSN
For more information on many of the prospects on this list, be sure to check out Nick Richard’s top 100 list here on The Leafs Nation.
Also, note that all of the rankings included are exclusively those that are final lists from the respective outlet or scout. Rankings that are recent but not final, such as Corey Pronman’s, have not been included.
Here are the rankings:
First Round

RANK
PLAYER
POSITION
REGION
HIGH RANK
LOW RANK
1
Shane Wright
C
OHL
1
2
2
Logan Cooley
C
USNTDP
1
6
3
Juraj Slafkovský
LW
Finland
1
16
4
Šimon Nemec
RD
Slovakia
2
9
5
David Jiříček
RD
Czechia
2
9
6
Matt Savoie
C
WHL
3
19
7
Joakim Kemell
RW
Finland
3
13
8
Frank Nazar
C
USNTDP
2
25
9
Cutter Gauthier
LW
USNTDP
5
22
10
Jonathan Lekkerimäki
RW
Sweden
6
18
11
Danila Yurov
RW
Russia
4
26
12
Kevin Korchinski
LD
WHL
6
40
13
Denton Mateychuk
LD
WHL
5
25
14
Pavel Mintyukov
LD
OHL
7
26
15
Brad Lambert
RW
Finland
5
42
16
Marco Kasper
C
Sweden
8
31
17
Liam Öhgren
LW
Sweden
11
25
18
Conor Geekie
C
WHL
8
31
19
Isaac Howard
LW
USNTDP
10
43
20
Noah Östlund
C
Sweden
10
NR (Top 32)
21
Rutger McGroarty
C
USNTDP
15
40
22
Jiří Kulich
C
Czechia
14
NR (Top 32)
23
Jagger Firkus
RW
WHL
14
34
24
Filip Mešár
RW
Czechia
10
59
25
Owen Pickering
LD
WHL
13
53
26
Ivan Miroshnichenko
RW
Russia
12
40
27
Jimmy Snuggerud
RW
USNTDP
8
53
28
Ryan Chesley
RD
USNTDP
12
72
29
Calle Odelius
LD
Sweden
15
52
30
Gleb Trikozov
C
Russia
8
82
31
Owen Beck
C
OHL
21
61
32
Nathan Gaucher
C
QMJHL
22
58
Second Round

RANK
PLAYER
POSITION
REGION
HIGH RANK
LOW RANK
33
Lian Bichsel
LD
Sweden
19
55
34
Lane Hutson
LD
USNTDP
8
NR (Top 64)
35
Mattias Hävelid
RD
Sweden
26
66
36
Tristan Luneau
RD
QMJHL
27
71
37
Seamus Casey
RD
USNTDP
24
54
38
David Goyette
C
OHL
20
53
39
Luca Del B …

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Author: Kyle Cushman / The Leafs Nation

Herb Carnegie is one of six players highlighting Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2022

The Hockey Hall of Fame announced the Class of 2022 on Monday and it features a number of hockey greats.
Herb Carnegie is being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as a builder. Carnegie was a black Toronto-born hockey player who played in Ontario and Quebec throughout the 1940’s and 1950’s, but never made it to the NHL due to racism in the game.
He almost made the NHL back in 1948 when the New York Rangers invited him to training camp. Carnegie was eventually offered a contract to play for their minor league team, but it was less than what he made playing on Sherbrooke St. Francis, so he declined.
Carnegie, though, was argued to be the “first Black Canadian hockey star” and “the best Black player to never play in the NHL,” according to The Canadian Encyclopedia.
More from the article:
“He believed, like many, that his African heritage was the sole reason he was unable to break into the league. In several interviews, he recalled being devastated by the alleged (and widespread) remark by Maple Leafs boss Conn Smythe that he would sign Carnegie if only someone could ‘turn him white.’”
During his last year of hockey, Carnegie founded one of Canada’s first hockey schools called Future Aces.
He eventually became a member of the Order of Ontario and the Order of Canada for his work training young hockey players. Carnegie also wrote a book called “Future Aces Creed” and created the  Herbert H. Carnegie Future Aces Foundation which “affects the lives of more than 100,000 students annually across Ontario.”
Carnegie unfortunately passed away back in …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Final 2022 NBA Mock Draft: What will happen on Draft Night?

Final 2022 NBA Mock Draft: What will happen on Draft Night?

After months of speculation and intrigue, the 2022 NBA Draft is finally upon us. While fringe contenders like the Toronto Raptors will try to sneak into that elite tier by knocking it out of the park on draft day, plenty of rebuilding teams will try to nab their next great star. While the top names […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

3 NBA Draft rumors that would be bad news for the Raptors

3 NBA Draft rumors that would be bad news for the Raptors

The Toronto Raptors are officially ready to get the 2022 NBA Draft on the road. Armed with the No. 33 overall pick and a host of talented executives that are laser-focused on finding the next great bench player, Toronto is ready to give their roster a little nip and tuck. Of course, Toronto won’t be […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Previewing the 2022 Memorial Cup

The 2022 Memorial Cup kicks off on Monday! Overlapping with the Stanley Cup Finals this year, it’s easy to see how you could overlook or miss the tournament entirely, but this is not one to be slept on.
The Memorial Cup is consistently one of the most electric tournaments on the hockey calendar. Returning for the first time since 2019 and boasting numerous top prospects, including one from the Toronto Maple Leafs organization, this is going to be a tournament you don’t want to miss out on.
Let’s introduce you to the four teams competing for what may just be the hardest trophy in hockey to win.
Edmonton Oil Kings
The WHL champion Edmonton Oil Kings boast quite the array of high NHL draft picks. An impressive four of the eight NHL-affiliated prospects on their roster were drafted in the first round.
As such, it’s not much of a surprise to see that the Oil Kings steamrolled their way to the WHL Finals. Entering the postseason as the #2 seed in the Eastern Conference, they swept Lethbridge and Red Deer in the first two rounds before facing off against the regular-season champs in the Winnipeg Ice.
It was a one-sided affair, as Edmonton brushed a …

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Author: Kyle Cushman / The Leafs Nation

3 fool’s gold NBA Draft prospects Raptors must avoid in 2022

3 fool’s gold NBA Draft prospects Raptors must avoid in 2022

The Toronto Raptors have one chance to nail it in the 2022 NBA Draft, as the No. 33 pick is the only piece of draft capital that Masai Ujiri has at his disposal. Toronto is in a perfect spot to once again take a gamble on a raw package of traits that Nick Nurse could […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Alejandro Kirk has a legitimate All-Star case

When the 2022 All-Star Game rolls around next month, the Toronto Blue Jays are expected to be well represented for a second straight season and one of those spots could potentially be awarded to catcher Alejandro Kirk.

Granted, in most circumstances, Kirk doesn’t immediately stand out in your mind when you think of all-star players on Toronto’s roster. That’s certainly understandable. But that might begin to change over the next few weeks.
As each day passes, the more traction Kirk’s all-star campaign gains as he’s currently putting together a very strong case for himself. At the moment, the 23-year-old stands as one of the hottest hitters in the majors, which has recently sparked this lively debate.
Since May 23, the 5’8″ backstop is hitting .425/.500/.825 with four home runs, four doubles, and nine RBIs over his last 46 plate appearances. His latest blast came during his club’s series finale versus the Minnesota Twins on Sunday. A solo shot that came off the bat at 108.9 m.p.h. and traveled an estimated 416 feet to left field.

Cleared for liftoff @alejandro_kirk pic.twitter.com/HwkIqqHiyd
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) June 5, 2022

Digging deeper, Kirk is also carrying a remarkable .400 ISO, .394 BABIP, .557 wOBA and a 276 wRC+ score during this recent hot streak. He leads all Blue Jays hitters with a 1.1 fWAR rating, as well.
This current offensive explosion has instantly helped Kirk improve off his slow start, which saw him slash .232/.323/.232 with zero extra-base hits across his first 65 plate appearances of the season. That resulted in a very forgettable April, although he still posted more walks (nine) …

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Author: Thomas Hall / Blue Jays Nation

NBA Mock Draft has Raptors making very risky second-round pick

NBA Mock Draft has Raptors making very risky second-round pick

The Toronto Raptors are in possession of the No. 33 pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, allowing Masai Ujiri to restock the cupboards with another premium athlete. The NBA Mock Draft wizards seem to believe that Ujiri will roll the dice again on a toolsy prospect. With the selection of Scottie Barnes No. 4 overall […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ