Léa Marino, Olivia Atkinson, Darya Teryoshkina
fter a busy first and second round for the Toronto Six where they made 5 selections, strengthening their lineup with 3 forwards and 2 defenders, they only had one selection per round to make for the last 3 rounds of the draft.
Let’s see who they added.
The pick was announced by NBC’s Kate Scott, who played the play-by-play for broadcasts of the 2021 Isobel Cup semi-finals and finals. It was Toronto‘s 6th pick of the night, coming from in the third round, 16th overall.
Marino is a depth forward for the Robert Morris University ice hockey team. She only scored 11 points in her 3 seasons. She is a little taller than average at 5’9 â³. While depth is certainly an important role, its lack of production makes it a curious selection. However, the Six must have something planned with this selection that we are not aware of. There is very little you can get from points per game.
The 22nd overall pick and Toronto’s 7th pick of the night were made by Canadian Olympians Carolyn Ouelette and Julie Chu.
Atkinson is a forward who has played with Concordia University for past hockey. She is an interesting case, having already played professional women’s hockey with the Montreal Canadiens of the CHLF in their final 2018-19 season.
She has scored 7 points in 20 games this season for the Stingers and 3 points in 17 games in her rookie season in the CHLF.
The Toronto Six ended up going to superfan Dani Breen for this selection, who plays on the left wing of the Belmont Blazers (hockey peewee).
Teryoshkina is a Russian player from Chelyabinsk who plays for the Maine Black Bears. She plays defense and isn’t as good offensively as Toronto’s two previous defensive caps, scoring 4 points in 32 games during the 2019-20 season and 1 of 9 games this season (likely missing time due to injury, but this is unconfirmed).
Honestly, I’ll be surprised if any of these players end up getting a contract with the team. Similar to the NHL, these later round selections have a longer path to reaching the big leagues. Places will be more likely to go to first-round selections, players from last season and some enticing free agents. For the Toronto Six, however, their roster was sparse in their debut season, often playing with less than 18 skaters, so maybe those late caps will see some time.
At the end of the day, whether they’re in the NWHL or not, it doesn’t diminish their hockey achievements so far, and if any one of them puts on the red, white and gold we will back them.