Toronto Maple Leafs 2016 NHL Entry Draft Retrospective

2016 NHL Draft - Round One
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Fourth Pick

The fourth pick by the Leafs came in the third round at 62nd overall where the Leafs took Boston College commit, goaltender Joseph Woll.

He had drawn stylistic comparisons to Carey Price for his calm demeanor in the crease and his ability to stay square to shooters. He would immediately step in as the program’s starting goalie that next year.

Over his three years, he would steadily progress from a .913 SV% to a .919% in his final season.

He would then sign his ELC with the Leafs and start his career with the Marlies. Over the next few seasons he would hone his craft, once again showing steady improvements before making the jump to the NHL on a full-time basis this past year.

Despite playing NHL games over three years, Woll has only 36 career regular season games under his belt so far and seven playoff games.

In that time, he has been northing short of stellar posting a .912 SV% in the regular season and .940 SV% in the postseason. 

The Leafs have not had a true homegrown starting goalie since James Reimer, though Garret Sparks did play 37 games. As of right now, it's possible that Woll is the Leafs starter next year.

He has been a great pick for the Leafs and if he can maintain his play, could go down as one of the Leafs best homegrown goalies of the last 40 years or so.