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Maple Leafs draft Fraser Minten 38th overall

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The Toronto Maple Leafs selected Kamloops Blazers center Fraser Minten with their first pick, 38th overall, in the 2022 NHL Draft.

Minten recorded 20 goals and 35 assists in 67 games with the Blazers last season. He also added 16 points in 17 playoff contests.

The Athletic's senior draft writer, Corey Pronman, ranked Minten as his No. 64 prospect.

"Minten can make things happen with the puck," he wrote. "He has a good enough stick, he can move pucks into seams and make plays under pressure. He also has a very good wrist shot and can score from the circles.

"Minten's skating is OK. He lacks quick burst but with his size, he's able to get around guys enough. He competes well enough but can draft too much to the perimeter, though. I think he plays games but he'll need to add dimensions to carve out a regular NHL role."

The Vancouver native is listed at 6-foot-1 and 185 pounds.

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