In every NHL draft, there is always one player that is ranked fairly high but ends up getting picked much later on due either teams going in other directions or scouts getting scared heading into the first round. When the team that finally snags him up in the first round, a lot of analysts clamours that this team got a steal. Some players in this category that come to mind are Seth Jones, Jakob Chychrun, and Joseph Veleno. While the odds of this happening aren’t too high, perhaps this years’ version of that phenomenon could be Jake Sanderson who the Leafs need to jump on if he remains available at #15.
Why did I say the odds of it happening are low? There’s a bit of recent bias is having him slotted to be taken in the top five of the draft due to the strong play of players like Victor Hedman and Miro Heiskanen. There’s a good chance he could be taken very early, but let’s assume he miraculously falls all the way down to the Leafs pick.
He is currently ranked high by scouts and rightfully so. As I mentioned in my contribution to TLN’ …
Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation