Toronto Maple Leafs Prospects Needing to be Signed in 2022
The Toronto Maple Leafs are lucky when it comes to prospects they need to sign in 2022. They only have two prospects that need to be signed in the coming year. One is a defenseman playing Finland, while the other is a defenseman playing the NCAA.
Axel Rindell was selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the sixth round of the 2020 NHL draft. They drafted him with the 177th overall pick. He is a 6’0, 176 lbs right shooting defenseman from Espoo, Finland.
Rindell is currently playing with Karpat in Liiga (Finnish Elite League) on loan after starting the season with Jukurit. In 30 games this season, he has one goal and 13 assists for 14 points. He is currently teammates with another Maple Leafs prospect, Topi Niemela on Karpat.
(Stats from: eliteprospects.com some info from capfriendly.com).
The deadline for signing Rindell is June 1st, 2022. This gives Toronto just over five months to make a decision.
Ryan O’Connell was selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the seventh round of the 2017 NHL draft. Toronto drafted him with the 203rd overall pick. O’Connell is a 6’1, 185 lbs left shooting defenseman from Gloucester, Ontario, Canada.
He is currently playing for Ohio State University in the NCAA. This is his fourth and final season playing for Ohio State. O’Connell has two assists in 13 games this season. One of the reasons Toronto drafted him in 2017, was his 33 points in 47 games for St. Andrews College. He has never come close to putting up the same type of numbers in the NCAA.
The deadline for signing O’Connell is August 15th, 2022. With him already being 22 years old and not having much luck in the stats department, O’Connell might be one of the prospects Toronto decides not to sign.