We’re one day away from the start of one of the most exciting tournaments on the hockey schedule, the NCAA Men’s Hockey Tournament.
For Toronto Maple Leafs fans, this means an opportunity to see multiple high profile prospects compete for the national championship over the next week and a half. Toronto has six prospects playing for four different teams at this year’s tournament, creating intrigue for Leafs fans on top of what is already set to be a phenomenal tournament.
Minnesota – F Matt Knies, D Mikey Koster
Leading the way for Toronto is Matt Knies, their 2021 second-round pick. Although he is a freshman, Knies has burst onto the scene with the University of Minnesota, immediately becoming one of the most dangerous forwards in the Big Ten conference upon his arrival back in the fall.
In fact, Knies’ performance has been so remarkable this year that despite being less than a year removed from being a second-round draft pick, he earned his way onto Team USA at the Olympics and has been rumoured to potentially be signing with the Leafs upon the completion of his collegiate season.
Knies brings a unique blend of skills to the table. His combination of size (listed at 6-foot-3) and tenacity on the forecheck with an ability to get the puck …
Author: Kyle Cushman / The Leafs Nation