After trading their 30th and 39th picks to the Anaheim Ducks, the Toronto Maple Leafs select Tyler Biggs, a center from the United States National Team Development Program in the United States Hockey League, with the 22nd overall pick.
Biggs is one of the few players who has shunned Canadian Major Junior stardom for a chance to play in the USHL and American college system. He was a second round pick in the Ontario Hockey League draft, but decided instead to join the USNTDP before committing to Miami University in Ohio. Not a bad choice.
Western College Hockey Blog sees Biggs as a contributor in the NHL, at worst a third or fourth liner with some touch, at best an established NHL scorer.
Read more on Tyler Biggs at our Toronto Maple Leafs blog, Pension Plan Puppets.
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