July 6, 2015 [Waterloo, ON] ISS Hockey recaps the top prospects drafted by Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2015 NHL Draft, held on June 26-27, 2015 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida:
Top Prospects Drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2015 NHL Draft
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ISS Scouts have been tracking prospects eligible for the NHL Draft for years (typically from the age of fourteen), so they have unique knowledge of strengths, weaknesses and probabilities for success at the NHL level. ISS Hockey scouts identify prospects that have been chosen by the Toronto Maple Leafs in past drafts and provide a brief summary of how these drafted players will influence the team:
Mitch Marner (ISS Ranked #6 in 2015, Overall drafted #4 in 2015 NHL Draft) – With much debate leading into this year’s draft the Maple Leafs come out with an electric offensive dynamo who possesses an exciting offensive skill-set and hockey IQ to match. With the Toronto owners, management and fans committed to the rebuild, Marner will likely see himself back in a Knights uniform where he will raise havoc in the OHL.
Jeremy Bracco (ISS Ranked #28 in 2015, Overall drafted #61 in 2015 NHL Draft) – With new management in the Maple Leafs organization the theme continued to be skill over size in this draft with the selection of Bracco late in the 2nd round, which the scouts at ISS consider an absolute steal. His game is based around his superb hockey sense and ability to read the developing play, he distributes exceptionally well and makes those around him that much better. No wonder he broke Patrick Kane’s NTDP assist record.
William Nylander (ISS Ranked #5 in 2014, Overall drafted #8 in 2014 NHL Draft) – The Toronto Maples Leafs are building highly skilled young forwards and that started with the selection of Nylander last year. He is an exceptionally agile skater who can dance his way up ice while maintain possession with ease. His dynamic skill-set makes him a constant highlight reel threat. After a strong rookie season with the Marlies it looks as if it might be best for him to play a full season as the go-to offensive threat even though he seems ready for an NHL shift. Long term approach in Toronto!
Morgan Rielly (ISS Ranked #7 in 2012, Overall drafted #5 in 2012 NHL Draft) – One of the few untouchables for the Leafs organization heading into the off-season, Rielly excelled with an extra year in Moose Jaw and representing Canada at the World Juniors. He is a building block on the backend for the Leafs with superstar potential as an elite puck-moving defenseman with high offensive acumen. He will thrive in a puck possession offense that the Maple Leafs are building up front.
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Connor Brown (ISS Ranked #174 in 2012, Overall drafted #156 in 2012 NHL Draft) – The former Erie Otters captain and Toronto Marlies standout forward last season is a prime example of long-term development and being patient with your young prospects. He is a motivated, driven forward who shows good offensive instincts and tools to be a threat on the puck. A continued patient approach and Brown could develop into an impact scoring forward for the Maple Leafs down the road.
“The Maple Leafs organization and supporters have bought into the rebuild and they continued to add exceptional speed and skill in their prospect pool at the 2015 NHL Draft. With the addition of Marner to go along with Nylander, the fans in Toronto should get used to seeing highlight reels that include skill and offensive weapons that they haven’t seen in a long, long time. Underrated selection at this year’s draft were also Jesper Lindgren and Nikita Korostolev who possesses overwhelming skill-sets on the puck as a defender and winger respectively.”
-Dennis MacInnis, ISS Hockey Director of Scouting
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