The NHL is poised to get back into the bidding game for the rights to select young players to fill the creases on the Blue Jackets and Predators this June.
But with only two NHL teams left to win their respective playoff berths, it’s difficult to know who will be among the top contenders.
Here’s a look at some of the players the Leafs might be targeting.
Dmitri Orlov, LW, Erie Otters (HL)Orlov was drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first round (No. 4) of the 2013 NHL Draft.
He played just eight NHL games this season and was a healthy scratch in the 2014-15 campaign.
He has a plus-minus rating of -12 this season.
Johan Larsson, C, Djurgarden (Norway)Larsson played in nine games for Djurgards team in the SHL this season, registering two assists and a minus-one rating.
He spent last season with the KHL club of Lokomotiv Yaroslavl.
The Leafs have also been in touch with Larsson’s agent, J.P. Girardi, and they have a strong relationship, Girardi told NHL.com.
It’s possible that they could see Larsson with a top-six role.
Kevan Miller, LW/RW, London Knights (OHL)Miller has two assists in nine SHL games this year and has a minus rating.
Miller was drafted fourth overall by the Leafs in 2014.
The 28-year-old is coming off a strong season with London Knights, which won the Memorial Cup in 2016 and advanced to the Western Conference Final in 2017.
The Knights finished third in the CHL’s regular season standings last season, and he had a strong playoff run.
Miller is also a skilled player who can score goals.
He posted 17 goals and 39 points in 73 games last season for London Knights.
The Maple Leafs might want to give some consideration to Miller for their top pick in June.
He’s been an absolute force for London this season with a plus rating of +16 in 60 games.