NHL Draft 2012: Dominic Toninato - 5th Round 126th Overall
The Toronto Maple Leafs used their fifth round selection to pick Dominic Toninato in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Toninato is a 6", 161 lb. left handed centre from Duluth, Minnesota who has been primarily playing high school hockey to this point in his career. He was selected by the Fargo Force in the 14th round 204th overall in the 2011 USHL entry draft - right after a half English, half Kiwi kid born in London, England named Liam Stewart (He was drafted after an English-Kiwi??).
*If you're wondering, Stewart actually played in the WHL this past year for the Spokane Chiefs, and my comments above really aren't intended as a slight on his heritage.* Editor's Note: Steve has, in the past, repeatedly told me of his disdain for Kiwis. I've always liked you folks.
Toninato captained the top ranked high school team in Minnesota, Duluth East - who have won 4 straight Minnesota state titles - 3 of them during Toninato's time with the team and he's committed to the University of Minnesota Duluth when he makes the jump from the USHL - where he will join Fargo full time for the upcoming season. His father also skated for UMD so there are family ties and blood lines at work here.
Toninato finished the Minnesota HS season with 30 goals and 67 points in 28 regular season and playoff games. He also played on the Team North squad (a sort of Minnesota HS selects team) and posted an additional 10 goals and 25 points in 24 games against some stiffer competition. Overall that gives him 40 goals and 91 points in 52 regular season and playoff games this past year in Minnesota HS hockey - which is quite competitive.