The needs of the Maple Leafs at the 2022 NHL Draft

The Maple Leafs have three picks in this year’s draft and they better make them count.
With the lack of draft capital throughout the last year, Toronto has had to make every pick like it’s their last. Securing Matthew Knies in the second round looked like a steal and drafting Ty Voit in the fifth round wasn’t too shabby either.
They did that in the 2021 draft — now with the chance to do something similar in a much deeper prospect pool. Each pick has to be calculated and well thought out but it would be no surprise if the Maple Leafs came out of this draft with three solid prospects.
It’ll be most difficult to address their needs first. Toronto has picks in the first, third, and seventh round. What players should they pick? What positions are of need to Toronto?
Centre
This is likely the most important position the Maple Leafs need to draft this year. In all likelihood, John Tavares is going to shift to the wing in the next year or so and you’d like to have someone come in and fill that role.
A player that’s drafted won’t be built that fast, but if you were to acquire someone who can be a plac …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

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