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With over a week and a half left before the NHL Entry Draft which will take place in Newark, New Jersey, things have started to heat up around the league.  If you won’t take my word for it, check out what Allan Walsh, a player agent from Octagon Sports Management, had to say yesterday:

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Also, here are some quotes from Nonis via Kevin McGran:

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Since Alec already covered the Bernier rumor yesterday (and Anthony will have a few of his thoughts later today), I thought I’d bring together a couple of snippets of what some of the general managers are saying publicly. Granted, a lot of GMs tow the same lines and spew the usual boilerplate language. However, with the new CBA, the introduction of  compliance buy-outs into the equation, and a lowering cap, this could prove to be one of the busiest off-seasons we’ve seen in a long time.

Craig MacTavish, Oilers’ GM from the recent Oilers’ State of the Union address to select season-ticket holders.  The video can be found here.

“I think we have a little bit of a competitive advantage this year, compared to other years, much like in 2006 when the cap initially came in. Teams were trying to get under the cap, we had cap room.”

“So, the normal players in unrestricted free agency, the big market teams that normally inflate the salaries, weren’t players because they had to get underneath the cap. I think there will be a small degree of that this year which may give us the ability to attract a player, or two.”

“I’ve talked about the potential to move that pick (7th), to move down to acquire an asset and still get a decent player if we move back seven of eight spots.”

Jon Davidson, Blue Jackets’ President of Hockey Operations recently sat down with BlueJackets.com  and talked about draft strategy and free agency. Quotes are from Part 1 of a two-part conversation.

“It’s hard to move up, but it’s always possible depending on what kind of package you put together. We also have the luxury of going the other way, and moving our third (first-round pick) for two seconds if we were to do something like that.”

“Then, you have the option of moving any of those four picks, or any pick for that matter, for players who can help us immediately. It’s all there, it’s all an option and it’s going to be up to us to set the table. And if something comes our way that we feel strongly about, we’ll do it. We’ve gotten ourselves into a position where we’re prepared for that.”

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Morning Links

 Tribune: Penguins’ Shero talks with Letang’s agentShero is a decisive GM so it’ll be interesting to see how this unfolds once Shero comes forward with a long-term deal.

CSN Philly: Sources, Flyers interested in deal for Ducks’ RyanThe show goes on in Philly. 

TSN: Toronto and Montreal (ew) to host 2015 and 2017 WJCsThis is really cool.

Backhand Shelf: How the Bruins and Blackhawks spend their money - Would be interesting to see how the Leafs, and the rest of the league, stacks up against the two Stanley Cup finalists.

VLM: Do we really want Jonathan Bernier? - Michael with his take on the Bernier rumor.

Backhand Shelf: Icing, shot blocking, and the death of fighting - So, did the Leafs just buy a relic for $1.85mm?

HIBS: Afternoon DelightMore in-depth piece on Nonis’ media appearance.

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Black_Hawk
Black_Hawk

Cybulski switched sides and joined sportsnet  

rustynail
rustynail

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Axle_Goalie
Axle_Goalie

I'm a broken record on this , but when I hear the Leafs may deal with Edmonton, it makes me wonder if we could get Gagner. He's RFA and I remember last year people were saying "He's playing his way off the team" Would he fit in Toronto?

Great Dane
Great Dane

Cloutier claims that Oilers are interested in Scrivens.

Scrivens and our 1st for Oilers 1st would be a very good trade. we could even give a later round picks as well.

Then we would be close to Barkov, Lindholm or Monohan.


Pent_House
Pent_House

21. Toronto Maple Leafs

Andre Burakowsky, RW, Malmo (Allsvenskan)

Andre Burakowsky adds a high-end offensive talent to the Maple Leafs system. Playing a limited role in Sweden's second division with Malmo, Burakowsky has shown his skills on the international stage. He is a high-end skater with a knack for scoring goals. At 6'2", Burakowsky possesses good size which makes him hard to contain, but he will need to add more strength in order to fill out physically. Burakowsky would be the Maple Leafs first European selection in the first round since Jiri Tlusty in 2006.


From a mock-draft. Haven't seen this selection yet. Sounds interesting. 

Black_Hawk
Black_Hawk

Man say what you want but the Torres signing is a good deal for SJ and i would of loved to get torres at that price.

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

Just looked at the last five years of NHL drafts and the only player drafted at 21 (where the leafs will pick) who is getting playing time so far is John Moore who became a regular this season. He was drafted four years ago by Columbus and traded to the Rangers a few months ago. So we might not see our first rounder in a Leafs uniform for a while.

Clark17
Clark17

@Axle_Goalie Not sure we need Gagner with Kadri and Grabovski already. Rather a different type of center.

whalz
whalz

not a chance they do that deal...........scrivens for MPS? or a 2nd rd pick

LN-093
LN-093

@Great Dane Cam Charron: "Look how good Bergeron's numbers are in the playoffs.  Bozak is 0.87 possessions per 15 face-offs.  Grabovski is 0.68.  Therefore Bozak isn't good at face-offs."  What kind of mind-numbingly idiotic logic is this?   Making huge claims without the slightest sense of an argument.

Pent_House
Pent_House

@Great Dane I'm not really big on the stats, but the one thing that article does tell you is that Grabo and Kessel seem to produce well together. That's one where I'd wish RC would try out, in pre-season at least. 

Jimmie Dorey
Jimmie Dorey

@Xxxxxnew  John Moore played 67 games for the Jackets last year. His playing time actually went down after the trade to the Rangers. Fourteen minutes of ice in Colombus this year and last and eleven in New York.

Black_Hawk
Black_Hawk

@Xxxxxnew thats alright, we need to develop young players. Sometimes it takes awhile but at least we will have something coming up in the system or a trade chip.

Clark17
Clark17

@Axle_Goalie A lot of money to invest in three very similar top 6, but not necessarily #1, centres.

Black_Hawk
Black_Hawk

@whalz scrivens for mps is interesting

Great Dane
Great Dane

@Black_Hawk @Great Dane Eakins will love to get a couple of marlies with him to Edmonton and Oilers owes us a favor after we are letting Eakins go.

Great Dane
Great Dane

@canuckintheuk @Great Dane Then sign vet goalie like Jose Theodore for a million or so.

Move up to secure Barkov at four or five. 

Get Stastny or Duchene from Avs after they draft MacKinnon.

Then we a probably only a top 2 d-man away from something interesting.

 

Great Dane
Great Dane

Oh and if you ready the conclusions a bit more carefully - Bergerons faceoff skills is worth a goal over a series - so faceoff wins are not really that important.

wendelsfist
wendelsfist

@Pent_House @Great Dane I always thought Grabbo shot too much (and so does kessel) so they would fight over the puck.  But the data seems to say they can work together.  

Great Dane
Great Dane

@Pent_House @Great Dane WE desperately need someone to play with Kessel and JVR. 

It is that simple. Grabo - maybe but to me Kadri and Grabo are too much the same.

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

Corrected. He played as a 21 year old.

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

Or Martin St. Louis who was never drafted.

Black_Hawk
Black_Hawk

@whalz maybe, i rather him then a 2nd imo

whalz
whalz

hes kinda fallen out of favour in EDM, but id take a flyer on him,,,maybe a new team might rejuvenate him?

.JVR.
.JVR.

@Great Dane

We aren't "letting him go", he is simply executing the clause that was built into his contract, which allowed him to leave after the first season of his new deal.

whalz
whalz

and thats more likely to happen, unless a deal could be made around GARDS  for 7th overall, but i dont think NONIS would be interested in that..

one deal i would love to see happen is GUNNER + scrivens for 7th overall....(dreaming i know)

Clark17
Clark17

@Great Dane Further, you hear coaches and players cite it often... we aren't winning enough draws so we're not starting with the puck enough.

Are these just imagined problems, or?

Clark17
Clark17

@Great Dane Except when you really need to win one.

Penalty kill. Setting up the powerplay. Killing out a tight win.

You need someone who can win a key draw. Whether the stats heads can find a way to show it or not.

Jimmie Dorey
Jimmie Dorey

@Great Dane It's about a third of a goal per playoff series (3 and a half series so far and 1.17 goals)

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

I think grabovski has more straight line speed but Kadri thinks the game a move or two ahead.

Pent_House
Pent_House

@Black_Hawk No doubt. I just found the fresh name interesting. Hadn't seen it tied with the leafs in other mock-drafts before. 

Black_Hawk
Black_Hawk

@Pent_House @Black_Hawk seems like a good pick but almost all the players have good profiles. Dont know if its going to translate to the nhl 

Pent_House
Pent_House

@Black_Hawk

Burakowsky is a skilled, offensive catalyst possessing a good shot and playmaking abilities. His skating is superb and he’s got the speed to burn past defencemen, which enables his offensive game to take off. Burakowsky isn’t afraid to play in the rough areas of the ice and will do so to set up a scoring chance. His defensive game isn’t an asset, but his willingness to learn is. His offensive game will be the most intriguing aspect for an NHL team looking for a future winger to play in their top six.



“Burakowsky is a skilled European player that was exceptional at the Ivan Hlinka tournament,” said David Burstyn, director of scouting for McKeen’s Hockey. “However, he played this year in the elite league in Sweden and he didn’t really get a whole lot of ice time. Against his own age group, when he played in various tournaments this year, he was very good. He’s got elite speed, elite hand skills, he makes plays, generates a lot of offence and his foot- and hand-speed marry with one another. He’s still a bit slender, but he’s got some time to fill out.


A fantastic puck-handler who can be near impossible to knock off the puck,” added Ross MacLean, head scout for International Scouting Services. “Burakowsky is also extremely elusive on his edges, making him dangerous to cut into spaces quickly. He can really get opponents turned inside out and is very good at drawing attention and hitting free teammates with the puck. He needs to learn how to play a bit bigger and get more physical, but his skill level will really speak to some NHL clubs looking for a dynamic offensive producer.”

Pent_House
Pent_House

@Black_Hawk Seems to be a late 1st, early 2nd guy. 

The 6-1, 178-pound left-hand shot has excellent acceleration and is clever in traffic. His hands and vision complement great playmaking skills. He had 11 points in 43 games in Sweden's second tier.


André is very creative player with a strong wrist shot who loves scoring goals. He is extremely good at picking corners and putting shots in under the crossbar. Likes to move around defenses and is constantly switching sides of the rink in the neutral zone in order to open himself up for a pass or create space for his teammates. Wants to have the puck. His skating is currently strong and he’s agile and capable in tight spaces. A player who simply likes being on the move. Nothing special in carrying out defensive duties in his own end of the ice. Has grown considerably the past two years and has good size with a frame he can add weight to. May need to develop a more north-south game in order to be successful. Despite tendency to shoot, doesn’t exactly seek the most direct path to the net. Is used to playing with older, stronger players and has made the adjustments necessary to do so, but this has led him to having to play a more perimeter-style game since heading into traffic wasn’t necessarily the best option for him with his 17 year old’s body. Plays with a great deal of confidence when things are going well, but has shown the tendency to get down on himself when things are not going as expected.

He's got NHL blood-lines, his dad Robert Burakowsky played for the Sens in the 90's. 

Black_Hawk
Black_Hawk

@Xxxxxnew or eberle at 22 or green at 29 or kesler at 23 or richards at 24 or lucic in the 2nd