Maple Leafs listed as a “loser” of the 2023 NHL Draft

Harsh words!



The 2023 NHL Draft is officially a wrap, and new Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brad Treliving has selected three new players who they hope to have on the ice before too long. 

The newest players with the Leafs are forward Easton Cowan, forward Hudson Malilnoski, and defenseman Noah Chadwick.

And if you were expecting this to be labeled a resounding success by analysts, think again. Yardbarker decided to include the Leafs on their list of "losers" from the Draft, along with the Arizona Coyotes as well as hockey fans as a whole for literally zero trades going down on Day 1. 

They had this to say: 

"The Maple Leafs may have had the reach of all reaches with No. 28 overall pick Easton Cowan, who was the No. 95-ranked prospect by The Athletic’s Corey Pronman and No. 97-ranked prospect by The Athletic’s Scott Wheeler — two of the top prospect gurus in the NHL. If Toronto needed a center badly enough, there were plenty of better prospects with higher upside still available like Riley Heidt, Gavin Brindley David Edstrom and Anton Wahlberg, who all would have made more sense. Sure, Toronto didn’t pick again until Round 5 and if Cowan was the guy they truly wanted, then why not go for him? But if you only have one pick in the first four rounds, you better make it count."

Well, that's pretty harsh. Do you agree? 

Source: Yardbarker