Kyle Dubas and the Leafs sold their first-round pick to trade for Jake Muzzin last season, so the Leafs second-round pick is their top selection for the Vancouver draft. Bob McKenzie has released his pre-draft prospect rankings and has the Leafs pegged for Finnish defenseman Antti Tuomisto.
Here’s what you need to know about this prospect:
Antti Tuomisto brings what a lot of people are crying out for in Toronto: size. At 6’4″ and 195lbs at just 18-years old, Tuomisto is a big boy on the backend and would add some serious size to the d-core while chipping in offensively.
His numbers suggest that he’s a super offensive-minded player with terrific point totals over his junior and developmental team years:
- International-Jr: 48 games, 18 points
- Jr. A SM-liiga: 63 gp, 38 points
- Jr. B Mestis Q: 15 gp, 35 points
- Jr. B SM-sarja: 33 gp, 23 points
- Jr. C SM-sarja: 27 gp, 22 points
- Jr. C SM-sarja Q: 32 gp, 27 points
- WHC-17: 5 gp, 0 points
- WJC-18: 5 gp, 2 points.
Up next will be the World Juniors for Tuomisto which should provide him with an opportunity to step out as an elite talent, taking his size and skill and showing it on the worlds stage.
Elite Prospects rankings show him as the 104th ranked prospect by HOCKEYPROSPECTS.com, 70th by Future Considerations, 44th by McKeen’s Hockey, and 15th by NHL Central Scouting for European skaters.
Dobber Prospects describes him as “Offensive defenseman with great size, good skating and a right-handed shot. Top-four upside.” His fantasy upside (best case scenario projected offensive production) is ranked at 6.5/10 and NHL certainty is 5.5/10. They also indicate he is a right-shot defenseman so Leaf fans can all rejoice in that, too!
Dobber Prospects also notes that he has turned down the opportunity to join Liiga (top Finnish league) in order to remain NCAA eligible. This has kept him out of the spotlight that a top league like Liiga would give him and thus sunk his value a little.
If the Leafs end up drafting Antti Tuomisto then it will be a solid piece of scouting for what the team needs. Size without sacrificing skill, and a targeting a right-shot defenseman without over-picking for that aspect of a players skill set.
A lot can happen including the Leafs trading up or down and missing the prospect or someone else drafting him. Regardless, if the Leafs end up with him it would be a second-round success for Dubas and his scouts.