The choice for the Toronto Maple Leafs seemed like a difficult one. Turns out, not so much. With help from our friends at Pension Plan Puppets, the choice seems to have been rather simple. Adding to a stable that holds Nazem Kadri, the Maple Leafs community has chosen Ty Rattie, a left wing out of the OHL. They seem pretty happy with the choice, too:
Shocked that Rattie fell this far. I came here expecting to make a case for Puempel (well played Ottawa) but Rattie is too good of a player to still be available at 25.
Good on ya. With that pick our draft looks like this:
1. Edmonton Oilers: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
2. Colorado Avalanche: Gabriel Landeskog
3. Florida Panthers: Adam Larsson
4. New Jersey Devils: Sean Couturier
5. New York Islanders: Jonathan Huberdeau
6. Ottawa Senators: Ryan Strome
7. Winnipeg: Mika Zibanejad
8. Columbus Blue Jackets: Dougie Hamilton
9. Boston Bruins: Ryan Murphy
10. Minnesota Wild: Sven Bartschi
11. Colorado Avalanche: Duncan Siemens
12. Carolina Hurricanes: Mark McNeill
13. Calgary Flames: Joel Armia
14. Dallas Stars: Zack Phillips
15. New York Rangers: Mark Scheifele
16. Buffalo Sabres: Nathan Beaulieu
17. Montreal Canadiens: Jamie Oleksiak
18. Chicago Blackhawks: Brandon Saad
19. Edmonton Oilers: Oscar Kelfbom
20. Phoenix Coyotes: Thomas Jurco
21. Ottawa Senators: Matthew Puempel
22. Anaheim Ducks: Alexander Khokhlachev
23. Pittsburgh Penguins: Rocco Grimaldi
24. Detroit Red Wings: Jonas Brodin
25. Toronto Maple Leafs: Ty Rattie
Up next, Alexander Ovechkin and the rest of the Washington Capitals. Make the jump and help the Caps make their choice.
Think the Caps are a dangerous team? You're right. With Ovechkin, Alex Semin, Nicklas Backstrom, Mike Green... sigh... there is a ton of talent in the organization. Looking at the prospect pool, it is no different. Evgeny Kuznetsow, Braden Holtby, and Cody Eakin are all blue chip prospects, and maybe Holtby can finally be the goalie that actually plays goalie.
Right now, the positional mix in the system for the Caps looks pretty good. They aren't in desperate need of any one position, opening up the board.
So who will it be? The Russian? A big d-man to allow Mike Green to pinch? Another goalie? The choice is yours. Choose wisely.