Maple Leafs top prospect to debut next month?

Published March 18, 2022 at 2:37 PM

When the Maple Leafs selected Matthew Knies in the 2nd round of last summer's entry draft, the consensus was he'd likely play out his NCAA career for a couple years before turning pro. That doesn't appear to be the case though, as Knies incredible play led him to a spot on the Team USA Olympic team and an extremely successful season at the University of Minnesota.

Knies has put up 27 points in 29 games, including 10 goals, while also taking on an extremely big role defensively. The 6'3 and 210 lbs. forward has also added a very physical element to the U of M lineup.

Now according to Elliotte Friedman it appears that Leafs' fans won't have to wait very long to get their first sight of their top prospect.

Knies in particular, I think we could see him next month (in the NHL)

This conversation was precipitated by the idea that the Anaheim Ducks were seeking Matthew Knies as apart of a trade for rental defenseman Hampus Lindholm. This is clearly something the Leafs won't be interested in, as many believe if the 2022 draft had occurred today that Knies would be a top 10 selection.

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