Toronto Maple Leafs 2015 NHL Draft Retrospective

2015 NHL Draft - Round One
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61st overall - Jeremy Bracco

At 61, the Leafs opted to shoot for potential taking high-scoring playmaking winger from the USNTDP, Jeremy Bracco.

Anytime you can take a player who has an elite skill in any capacity outside of the first round, you should jump on them and that’s what the Leafs did here.

Unfortunately, Bracco did have some flaws to his game like average to below average skating and poor defensive skills. In the year following his draft, he played five games with Boston College before abruptly leaving to join the OHL’s Kitchener Rangers. There, he spent the next season and a half before being dealt to the Windsor Spitfires during the season. 

He finished his OHL career producing 147 points in 106 games. Then moving to the Marlies he impressed as well racking up 32 points in 50 games and finished his ELC with 145 points in 169 games.

At every level he showed his elite playmaking, with assists making up 113 of his 145 AHL points. Since leaving the Leafs organization he has bounced around playing in the Liiga, DEL, and KHL. That is where he most recently played but is entering the 2024-25 off-season without a contract.

As of right now, he has yet to play an NHL game but at 27 and with his impressive production in Europe, he could make a case to get at least a flyer taken on him from an NHL team.