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

3 impact free agents Toronto Raptors could sign with the MLE

3 impact free agents Toronto Raptors could sign with the MLE

The Toronto Raptors came away from the NBA Draft with a new backup center in Christian Koloko and a solid developmental prospect in Ron Harper Jr. on a two-way contract. The focus can now shift to free agency, as there are still some holes on the roster that need filling. The Raptors don’t have as […]
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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
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Author: Kyle Cushman / The Leafs Nation

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The Toronto Raptors can officially move past draft mode now that Christian Koloko has been secured and figure out how to better improve the roster via trade and free agency. Masai Ujiri is always looking for big names that can change the course of a given game, but eying some buy-low names might appeal to […]
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The Toronto Raptors had as successful a draft as one could hope for out of a team that did not have a first-round pick, as being able to nab Christian Koloko with the No. 33 overall pick gave the Raptors a rock-solid backup center. Adding Ron Harper Jr. only strengthened this class. Using the same […]
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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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With the NBA Finals underway, 28 franchises are prepping for the draft and how to remake their rosters in free agency. The Toronto Raptors are in a challenging situation, as they have no first-round pick at the 2022 Draft and very little wiggle room under the cap. One cheaper player who the Raptors could target […]
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