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With their second selection in the third round, the Toronto Maple Leafs have drafted Martins Dzierkals out of HK Riga of the MHL, Russia’s top junior league.
You’re not going to find a whole lot of info on the diminutive Latvian forward online. What we do know is that Dzierkals is a 5’11, 170lb left-handed shot that scored 10 goals and 28 points in 32 games for RIga this year. Internationally, Dzierkals represented Latvia in U18 and U20 tournaments, scoring nine points in six games at the WJC U18 tournament, and another four points in four games at the WJC U20 Division 1 – Group A tournament.
Here’s a brief report from ISS last month which listed Dzierkals as a ‘Riser’…
Skates well with the puck and challenge defensemen with speed and good moves, plays bigger than his size, wants to make the difference, can take a hit to make a play. Exciting player to watch.
Also, ESPN’s Corey Pronman offered his opinion on Toronto’s latest pick…
TOR take Dzierkals. Didn’t rate him due to limited views, but was impressive at the U18s. Good skill level.
— Corey Pronman (@coreypronman) June 27, 2015
ISS ranked him 91st in their prospect rankings, while HockeyProspect had Dzierkals all the way down at 195th. He was not ranked at all by NHL Central Scouting.
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