A- / 2nd overall
Behold, the circle of prospect life. Years of playoff misses helped the Toronto Maple Leafs draft elite talent at the NHL level and stack their farm system. Now, with Toronto matured into a Stanley Cup threat, GM Kyle Dubas must pursue win-now fixes. Acquiring Jake Muzzin from the Los Angeles Kings cost the Leafs two of their top six prospects: Carl Grundstrom and Sean Durzi. The farm depth trends downward now, though the trades benefit their lesser prospects. “Everyone thinks they’re capable of doing more, and when holes open up, there’s a chance for them to do that,” said AHL Toronto Marlies coach Sheldon Keefe.
1. Rasmus Sandin (25th overall)
D, 18, 6-0, 184 – Toronto (AHL)
2018 draft, 29th overall
Injuries have kept Sandin’s sample size small, ...
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