The Toronto Maple Leafs have drafted defenceman Stephen Desrocher of the Oshawa Generals with the 155th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.
Desrocher, 19, was passed over in last year’s draft. For all the smallish, skilled wingers the Leafs have taken, they haven’t shied away from some size on the blueline, with Desrocher and third round pick Andrew Nielsen in the 6’3-6’4 200+ pound range.
Desrocher played significant minutes for now-Leafs assistant coach DJ Smith down the stretch, throughout the playoffs and in the Memorial Cup tournament.
I had Desrocher going last year, he’s done nothing since that has suggest otherwise. He’ll play prime minutes in Oshawa next year.
— Sean Lafortune (@SeanLafortune) June 27, 2015
Mark Hunter’s Take
“A guy I’ve seen a lot. Of course, DJ [Smith] coached him and he was pushing him. He’s got a big time shot, got something special with the shot. He needs to get stronger. He played top four D on a Memorial Cup team.”
Stephen Desrocher Scouting Report
Reliable defender that can eat up minutes due to his smart play in his own end and his strength along the boards. Uses his size to his advantage and protects the puck well. Knows his game inside and out; he knows what he can and can’t do. In this, he knows how to push his limits and break down boundaries. What he can work on would be quicker decision making and quickness through the neutral zone. All-in-all, a well-rounded defenceman who has the tools and the work ethic to be successful moving forward.
– Elite Prospects