Toronto Maple Leafs Prospects: Risers and Fallers 2023

TORONTO, ON - APRIL 13: Nick Robertson #89 of the Toronto Maple Leafs warms up prior to playing against the Calgary Flames in an NHL game at Scotiabank Arena on April 13, 2021 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Flames defeated the Maple Leafs 3-2 in overtime. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - APRIL 13: Nick Robertson #89 of the Toronto Maple Leafs warms up prior to playing against the Calgary Flames in an NHL game at Scotiabank Arena on April 13, 2021 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Flames defeated the Maple Leafs 3-2 in overtime. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images) /
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Nikita Grebyonkin, LW/RW

DOB: 02-05-2003

Drafted: Fifth round, 135th overall, 2022

Last team: Amur Khabarovsk (KHL)

It’s not very hard to explain why Nikita Grebyonkin is on this list.

To put it simply, he went from a fifth round draft pick to the Alexei Cherepanov Award winner for KHL Rookie of the year within under a calendar year.

After playing seven games with Metallurg Magnitogorsk and going scoreless, he was loaned to Amur Khabarovsk where he scored nine goals and 17 assists in 45 games.

He may not occupy a top spot in Leafs prospect rankings right now but if he keeps up his play this season when he returns to Metallurg Magnitogorsk, he could shoot up rankings.

He has many translatable attributes that make him an intriguing prospect to keep an eye on outside of his breakout year. He has tremendous puck skills, good skating, hockey IQ, and an NHL-ready frame at 6-2 and nearly 180lbs.