In the 2nd round of the 2017 NHL entry draft The Maple Leafs selected Eemeli Rasanen with the 59th overall pick.
The 6’7 225LB 19 year old (yes you read that correctly) spent his draft year with the Kingston Frontenacs recording 41 points in 66 games.
After being selected by the Maple Leafs the RH defenseman returned to Kingston for the 2017-2018 season to post an even more impressive 48 points in 61 games from the Frontenacs back end with a +16.
After 2 very strong OHL seasons Rasanen elected to leave the CHL to improve his game amongst men with Jokerit of the KHL.
Skating in just 6 games (1 goal), The Finnish native suffered a serious “undisclosed” injury which would sideline him for 3 months and has now returned to Helsinki’s line-up yesterday picking up an assist and logging 19 mins.
Although it is an extremely small sample size, Rasanen is a intriguing prospect for the Maple Leafs with Zdeno Chara like size and an above average point production for a defenseman he is well worth tuning into KHL games for.