No. 4: Easton Cowan
With his first selection as the GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Brad Treliving drafted Easton Cowan 28th overall in the 2023 NHL Entry Draft.
Coming off a 20 goal, 53 point season, the 5-foot-11, 170 pound winger plays bigger than his size would suggest.
He’s a gritty forward who has an excellent hockey IQ, who projects to be a second-line NHLer down the road.
At 18-years-old, he’s clearly a few years away from making an impact at the NHL-level, however this is a player I want to see play.
Based on his size, it’ll be interesting to see if he looks small out there, even with other prospects, but most notably, I just want to see how his game adjusts to the professional level.
I have no idea how the lines are going to work out but it would be great to see Cowan paired beside a goal-scoring like Knies to see if he’s able to get him the puck.
As mentioned, Cowan’s playmaking abilities are his best attributes so if he can show that he can play with another elite player like Knies, it could really help his stock to make the roster in the next few years.
I can’t see someone like Cowan making the roster until 2025, but this is a big first step for the youngster, as he starts his professional hockey journey.