The 2019 NHL entry draft concluded Saturday after two sessions in which eager players were funnelled through the lottery system and moved one step closer to living their dream of playing in the National Hockey League. And although the Maple Leafs didn’t have a first-round pick this summer, GM Kyle Dubas used his time Saturday to add six new talents to Toronto’s pool of players – and to also make salary-cap related moves to firm up his franchise’s roster in the years ahead
In the third round, the Leafs used the 84th-overall pick on Finnish defenseman Mikko Kokkonen. The 18-year-old left-shot D-man generated three goals and 19 points in 56 games in Finland’s top league last year. Kokkonen has plenty of experience at the top levels of international hockey, as well, winning gold with the Finnish U18 World Junior Championship team in 2017-18.