The Toronto Maple Leafs have selected winger Dmytro Timashov of the Quebec Remparts with their 105th overall in the 2015 NHL Draft.
This looks to be another swing at upside and a production-oriented selection as Timashov’s numbers are far beyond your typical 105th overall selection (see below). The Leafs have now taken four “undersized” forwards, as there’s been no shortage of big “skill” swings by Dubas, Hunter and co. in their first draft at the helm. Draft for skill and you can develop size and strength (whereas the inverse is much harder to do); that’s the thinking.
Timashov is Ukranin born and competes for Sweden internationally. He posted 90 points in 66 games during the regular season and four points in five games in the Memorial Cup for the Quebec Remparts.
Timashov was named QMJHL rookie of the year and finished 12th overall in QMJHL scoring. In the scoring ranks in the Q, that puts Timashov: Ahead of Daniel Sprong, who went 46th overall in 2015; ahead of Adam Erne, who went 33rd overall in 2014; tied on points with 2015 9th overall pick Timo Meier (although Meier had 44 goals), and just four points shy of 2015 28th overall selection Anthony Beauvillier.
Timashov is shorter but not light – he’s over 190 pounds, which means he’s closer to fully grown – and played against men in Sweden’s Division 1 the season before last.
Mark Hunter’s Take
“A puck possession player that can really handle the puck, go east-west really well. He can make plays, he can pass pucks. Good skills.”
Dmytro Timashov Scouting Report
An agile winger with very good puckhandling skills; his explosiveness opens up space for himself and teammates, giving him the ablility to create dangerous chances at top speed. All-in-all, a dangerous player that will shock audiences with his speed and creativity.
– Elite Prospects