Draft Weekend: Who we takin’?

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2013 NHL Draft

Bob McKenzie polled a bunch of NHL scouts about the top prospects of the draft class and tweeted the results. The following couple of tweets piqued my interest, as they mentioned a few prospects who are likely to figure into the Leafs range:

 

 

It seems likely, given his upside, there will be a team that likes Anthony Mantha enough to take him before 21.  There is a shot he’ll be there when the Leafs draft (if they stay at 21). He’s not a center, but the Leafs could really use the infusion of a high-ceiling scoring talent into the system, be it a center or winger. In the same vein, LW Kerby Rychel plays a bit of a power forward’s game and owns a big shot. He should be on the board at 21 and has back-to-back 40 goal seasons to his name, keeping concerns about his skating and preferential treatment in Windsor in mind. Valentin Zykov is another pure scoring winger (40 in 67 games in the Q this season) with decent size and better wheels than Rychel. All of these options, all 40+ goal scorers this past season, involve a gamble, but the Leafs seem well stocked with depth forwards in the pipeline and the only way they can score big in the late 1st is by taking a chance. You can throw Morgan Klimchuk’s name into the mix, too. This all barring a trade up, of course…

I do like big centermen, but – granted, based mostly on his numbers – I’m not ecstatic about Fred Gauthier’s upside and think the pick would err on the safe side. It could be true that Morrison and his team prefer to lean on the surer bets later on in the first, based on their picks of Percy and Biggs in 2011. We’ll have to see how it plays out.

 

Morning Links..

Some Saturday morning draft profile reading…

Teams are piling up with interest in Lecavalier
If the rumours are true about Vinny preferring to stay south (and avoid Canada and its taxes), SJ could be the spot. The Leafs are in a position to pretty much hand him the 1C role though (next to some fine wing talent to boot), which wouldn’t be the case with the Sharks.

Letang to Toronto? Don’t hold your breath
Sage advice. Definitely feels like the Toronto stuff was the product of an agent looking to put the heat on Shero.

What was your favourite Maple Leaf Draft Day?
From Michael at VLM.

Three 2012 Leafs picks invited To Team Canada’s Summer Camp.
Morgan Rielly, Matt Finn and Ryan Rupert.

Dave Nonis’ uneventful media availability from yesterday afternoon
Nice chandelier though.

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  • Uncle Otis

    Morin is my guy…just don’t know if he will be around at 21.
    Reminds me of hoping for Oleksiak, and Dallas went off the board to choose him at 14.
    Too many red flags with Rychel,and something tells me one of the smaller,higher ranked players will fall to us.
    Going to be an interesting day.

    • B_Leaf

      Uncle Otis 
      If Morin is there, yes he would be highly probable pick, but he will not be there

      • Knights2Leafs

        B_Leaf Uncle Otis 
        At 21 there is no real BPA and so I think the Leafs should for once concentrate on taking the best center available.

        • B_Leaf

          Knights2Leafs B_Leaf Uncle Otis 
          I dont disagree unless the scouts are really high on someone. Morin could be like that…he does still fit a team need. But yes in this draft the Leafs likely take a centre with size. Nonis said as much.

      • Uncle Otis

        B_Leaf 
        I suspect you are correct.
        Guy has risen dramatically this season,and you cant teach size.
        Would be nice to move up a few spots affordably and grab him.

    • B_Leaf

      Uncle Otis 
      If Morin is there, yes he would be highly probable pick, but he will not be there

  • B_Leaf

    Whatever happens at the draft…I think there will be good players available to us at 21. It is a draft with a lot of quality size players, and lots of quality centers. But the Leafs will pick best available. I think Gauthier could be there at 21, and if so I think he could be taken. If Erne is still there he might be taken as well. 
    Mornin Otis.

    • Dink

      B_Leaf nothings gonna happen..same ole, same ole

  • Knights2Leafs

    Thanks Alec and GM UO.
    Since 21 is a bit of a hit or miss pick, then I want size.  I’m happy to defer to whatever decision Nonis et al makes but I like the sounds of Mantha.  Might take a while but seems like a pure scorer.  Next it would be a toss up between Gauthier and Zykov.  Zykov sounds like he could be the next Kulemin but maybe his offense translates better at the NHL.  While Kimchuk sounds interesting, I’m not sure I want a 5’11” guy unless he has superior skills.  Having said that he might as there are very few of these prospects I get to see.
    Vinny to TO on a 1 year deal at 6M so he can reconsider his options next summer and Kadri and Colborne have one more year of development for us.

    • Zep2

      Knights2Leafs Vinny wont come here.  The only chance a Vinny trade would have happened was knocked on the head by the league. 
      Hes a good player but ten  years of hanging at the beach and golf course leaves him ill-suited for the Fish bowl of any Canadian city

      • Knights2Leafs

        Zep2
        He probably won’t come here but the Leafs are one of the few teams that might be happy to give him a one year contract.  Good for us and potentially good for him. He puts up 82 points with Kessel and JVR/Lupul and can write his own ticket next year as a UFA.

        • Knights2Leafs

          Zep2 
          Plus a year of Canadian winters will help him appreciate the beach life he can look forward to the rest of his life.

      • Dink

        Zep2 Knights2Leafs If he wants to be the man he would go to Montreal or Toronto, if he wants to be wallpaper, he will go elsewhere. (sounds like he just wants to collect his money until he retires…)

      • theacs1966

        Zep2 Knights2Leafs He was bought out and as of yesterday is a UFA.  He can sign anywhere except Tampa for one year.  I have read he wants a long term deal in the 4-5 yr area.

        • Knights2Leafs

          theacs1966
          I have read that he wants a long term deal, but I also read or heard elsewhere that he might look at a one year deal

        • theacs1966

          Knights2Leafs theacs1966 That was the speculation just before he got bought out, everything since then, its been long term.  With 15 teams interested, he’ll get what ever it is he wants.

    • happy_gilmour

      i like mantha as well and would give Vinny 5 X 4 years

  • B_Leaf

    Zep2 
    The problem is the Leafs need the type of D Dion brings, that physical force. They really need to add to that not take it away. Gardiner should have a breakout year that rivals what Letang can do. But Gardiner may prove to be better in his own end.

    • Knights2Leafs

      B_Leaf Zep2 
      3 years ago Letang would be exactly the elite type of Dman we needed.  While Letang > Phaneuf, we have Gards for now and Rielly coming plus Dion is or should be cheaper than Letang.  I’m not sold that Letang is what we need and we sure can’t afford him.  I’d rather give that kind of money to Phil.

    • Zep2

      B_Leaf Zep2 The only argument I have against that is-who was the physical force on the SC champions. Seabrook? Halmrstromm?
      Chicagos top 4 guys could all make a pass under pressure. I like Dion but that is not one of his streengths

      • B_Leaf

        Zep2 B_Leaf 
        I think Boston was a  lot more banged up against Chicago and that factored in…In a first round battle it may have been different. But the Blackhawks D isn’t soft either.

      • Knights2Leafs

        Zep2
        lol – you’re making Dion sound like Komi, our grenade specialist.  Dion isn’t that bad and would look a whole lot better with 3 other quality Dmen around him.

      • Knights2Leafs

        Zep2
        lol – you’re making Dion sound like Komi, our grenade specialist.  Dion isn’t that bad and would look a whole lot better with 3 other quality Dmen around him.

      • Zep2

        Knights2Leafs Zep2  I love Kulie and like Dion. Dion does have trouble hitting a guy on the move with a pass
        I agree with you that having a better D partner would help.

  • B_Leaf

    Zep2 
    The problem is the Leafs need the type of D Dion brings, that physical force. They really need to add to that not take it away. Gardiner should have a breakout year that rivals what Letang can do. But Gardiner may prove to be better in his own end.

  • WendelGilmour

    Thanks, Alec. Interesting I have only seen Zykov’s name mentioned in the past two days. 
    I would also be good with the Leafs taking a chance on an offensive guy rather than a safe pick.

  • Zep2

    Morin or Mantha at 21 for me

    • Optimustic

      Zep2 Morin looks like the only pick that I’d like, though I trust the scouts and management to know more than I do.  I’d also be willing to trade down if the price is  right.

  • Dink

    You just knew the Jays would go on the schnide now…and they got Reyes back too…sheesh

    • Zep2

      @Dink They are certainly coughing up a fur ball this week.

  • Dink

    Only thing more boring this weekend will be watching Free Agent Frenzy next week

  • B_Leaf

    I have mentioned this before in other years so I apologize for the repetition. But over the years I have really come to respect Redline Report as the best talent searcher in their draft analysis. If they like a player, they don’t care where everybody else ranks them, they will jump a guy a hundred spots if they like him. They have proven to be right time and again. They seem to understand how a players game translates to the NHL style. Over the years watching some junior you just notice certain players that have an NHL look to their game. It’s the compete level, the skating, and most of all a hockey IQ.
    Anyway, one of the guys in this draft that they have ranked very high is LW Adam Erne. He is 6’0 210, and can skate, and has skill. Many have Erne late first round or even outside of it. Redline Report has him ranked tenth overall. If this guy slides to the Leafs this would be a very solid pick.

    • Dink

      B_Leaf If the Leafs are able to get another pick higher than 21 (2 picks in top 30) I think they would land the Domi kid, if they just have the 1 pick, I have no idea and I almost think it should be traded for a roster player.

    • Optimustic

      B_Leaf I see the Redline Report has us drafting Laurent Dauphin in the first round.  He could be a good pick for our prospects at centre.  Here’s a bit about him. http://www.inlouwetrust.com/2013/6/14/4425072/laurent-dauphin-2013-nhl-draft-prospect-profile

      • daniel marois

        Optimustic B_Leaf 
        He looks like he is most likely to go high second round.  But I can see a team drafting 25-30 taking him.

        • B_Leaf

          daniel marois Optimustic B_Leaf 
          Thats where a lot ofpeople have him. When RLR goes off the board, they are often right.

        • Optimustic

          daniel marois Optimustic B_Leaf That’s what Redline Report said, but they think the Leafs may go off the board for him.  Burke always surprised me with his picks, so I gave up trying to predict who we’d be getting.

        • daniel marois

          Optimustic daniel marois B_Leaf 
          It’s possible.  Dauphin would be a swing for the fences pick – and by that I would not be disappointed if they chose him.

        • Optimustic

          daniel marois Optimustic B_Leaf I won’t be disappointed until I see how he progresses or doesn’t progress.  We need more centres in our system so it might be a good prospect to develop.

        • daniel marois

          Optimustic daniel marois B_Leaf 
          For sure. As a centre, probably more offensive upside than Gauthier.

      • daniel marois

        Optimustic B_Leaf 
        He looks like he is most likely to go high second round.  But I can see a team drafting 25-30 taking him.

  • Mind Bomb

    Morning Folks ! Is it breezy in here ? I feel a Draft !!!

    • WendelGilmour

      Mind Bomb Morning, MB.

      • Mind Bomb

        WendelGilmour Mind Bomb  Sup WG how things been ?

        • WendelGilmour

          Mind Bomb WendelGilmour Boring. Looking forward to some exciting news this week.

    • Knights2Leafs

      Mind Bomb 
      Put some clothes on and cover up.

      • Mind Bomb

        Knights2Leafs Mind Bomb  The Neibor wives love me this way lol

    • Knights2Leafs

      Mind Bomb 
      Put some clothes on and cover up.

    • Uncle Otis

      Mind Bomb 
      Then grab a pretzel and chug it back …breakfast of champions :)
      Morning MB.

      • Mind Bomb

        Uncle Otis Mind Bomb  Hha morning O

  • Knights2Leafs

    While I’m not a big Rychel fan, I take the Rychel preferential treatment with a grain of salt.  There are very few prospects that score back to back 40 goal seasons prior to their draft year.  On the positive side, his assists increased this year.  You can put a plug on the ice all you want, but the OHL is too good to allow a plug to put up big numbers.

  • mcloki

    Morning Gents. Let’s hope for some deals today. Yesterday was dull. Tomorrow might be exciting, but things are too quiet and there haven’t been as many buyouts as I thought there would be.

    • Mind Bomb

      mcloki  Morning MC

      • 4evrblue

        Mind Bomb mcloki Mornin MB!!

        • Mind Bomb

          4evrblueMind Bombmcloki Sup Blue, getting Close I wonder if its another Boring Day
          Hey Nonis get er done
           http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zx1_6F-nCaw

        • 4evrblue

          Mind Bomb 4evrblue mcloki It will be boring. You have the Blue Guarantee on that. I haven’t given that out since I ranted and raved some weeks ago about Vinny getting bought out by the Bolts and nobody else.

        • Mind Bomb

          4evrblue Mind Bomb mcloki  No trades, we draft another D, and we get out bid for our own UFA’s and run with more marlies this year lol
          I need a beer now, thanks P
          :)

        • 4evrblue

          Mind Bomb 4evrblue mcloki wait wait wait, back this draft train up a little MB. It’s going to be a boring day but a very exciting weekend. There will be a trade involving our 2nd rounder, we’ll draft a future star in the 1st and fuck our UFA’s, they will be replaced by better players
          I need a beer now also 😀

        • Mind Bomb

          4evrblue Mind Bomb mcloki Hahhaha Good thing its Saturday

        • 4evrblue

          Mind Bomb 4evrblue mcloki I actually have things to do. Kinda pissed about it to be honest lol. #norestfortheweary

        • Mind Bomb

          4evrblue Mind Bomb mcloki   Same here My Daughters 8th birthday party today at the YMCA, 22 little Girls screaming for 3 hours. I may need Scotch tonight lol, beer might not be enough

        • 4evrblue

          Mind Bomb 4evrblue mcloki God speed MB!!! 
          For me it’s clothes shopping with the fiance for her birthday, then I have to work on the new house. Laying sub-floor, build a deck etc. I can drink beer while doing it. Thats my saving grace 😀

        • Mind Bomb

          4evrblue Mind Bomb mcloki OH ya Building a Deck is work, but definately a drinking Job, and a lot of screwing P

        • Knights2Leafs

          4evrblue
          Good thing you guys have no building code out there : )

        • 4evrblue

          Knights2Leafs 4evrblue but we do. I hate INSPECTORS!!!!

        • Knights2Leafs

          4evrblue
          Keep the beer hidden when he come in.

        • theacs1966

          Mind Bomb 4evrblue mcloki That sounds like a job for Percocets.

        • 4evrblue

          Knights2Leafs 4evrblue Oh theres no worries there. They don’t show up until they’re called and I’m not going to call this weekend. Everything has to be inspected eventually though.

  • daniel marois

    I want to swing for the fences. For sure if Mantha is available, take him.  I still like Klimchuk’s upside.  reminds me of Jordan Eberle and Claude GIroux.  And just to screw with Calgary, I would take Fucale if he is still their.  Without a doubt, he would be the best goaltending prospect we ever drafted since Rask.  Calgary would be fuming as they would def take him with their latter round first rounders.

  • maximus_asinus

    I am going to re ask my question since we all moved over here.
    Can a team negotiate a contract with an upcoming UFA who plays on another team and have the trade for said player contingent on whether or not he signs said contract? I read that this was added in the latest CBA and I’m just looking for clarification.
    And to stay on current topic, I believe that we should be actively trying to deal our pick as part of a package to land a roster player. The only player I am really interested in other than the obvious is Domi but he will not drop to us. If we have to pick, I want Toronto to swing for the fence and draft someone with a huge ceiling even if it is a big risk (i.e. Mantha).

    • theacs1966

      maximus_asinus Before July 3, you need permission, that doesn’t get givin hence the Streit trade and then sign.

    • 4evrblue

      maximus_asinus I was wrong in my previous post. My weekend will be ruined if the Leafs trade their 1st round pick.

      • theacs1966

        4evrblue maximus_asinus I’d be OK with it, at least you know exactly what you’re getting, if its a current NHLer.  If its a #2D or a #1or 2C, I’d do it.

        • 4evrblue

          theacs1966 4evrblue maximus_asinus I think we’d need to add to get that type of player

        • theacs1966

          4evrblue theacs1966 maximus_asinus Maybe, but Philly is desperate and remember, there are a little crazy over there.

  • Uncle Otis

    -Keon- 
    The passed out heavy ones are hard on the back…young man’s game :)

    • Uncle Otis

      @-Keon-
      Tough to push through sand…forklifts are better:)

    • Uncle Otis

      -Keon- 
      Ingenious…always thinking you are Keon.

  • Dink

    1973-Best draft ever…McDonald, Neely and Turnbull

    • Zep2

      @Dink neely ?

    • daniel marois

      @Dink 
      1989- Best draft ever…Thornton, Pearson, Bancroft.  All in the first round. Woot woot!!

      • Uncle Otis

        daniel marois
        Phooks favorite draft is 1980
        Leafs grab Craig Muni, Fred Boimistruk and BOBBY McGILL

    • Dink

      sure Neely played tuff for Leafs, he was needed against the Broadsteet Bullies
      Should be noted that Salming and Hammerstrom joined team that year too (undrafted)

  • Komas Taberle

    I know he’s a Dman but if he.s there you have to draft Morin.
    Anyway here are my choices at 21
    Horvat, Morin, Gauthier.

    • Dink

      Komas Taberle My whole weekend would be ruined if they draft another defenceman

      • 4evrblue

        @Dink Komas Taberle My weekend would be ruined if they don’t draft the player they think is the best left on the board be it D, F or Fucale

    • daniel marois

      Komas Taberle 
      Sorry.  I also want to include Morin in my list as well.  Just not sure where I rank him ahead of the other guys I mentioned.

  • Zep2

    -Keon- Unfullfilled potential. Another Ballard era fuck up

  • B_Leaf

    -Keon- 
    But CT isn’t open yet…oh you broke in this morning!

  • daniel marois

    My choices:
    Mantha. Klimchuk, Rychel, Fucale

  • Knights2Leafs

    I will watch with interest who we draft but it’s nice that for the first time in a number of years we won’t be counting on that pick any time soon. 
    Going into this season we have better goaltending choices and whether or not we get a 2nd top pairing dman, we will be better simply with the development of Gardiner and Franson.  
    I have some apprehension about our forwards, a relative position of strength last year in terms of depth and speed.  While the loss of any one or even two of Bozak, Frattin, Komarov and MacArthur isn’t going to kill us, the loss of all four will have an impact depending on who Nonis brings in.  This will be what defines his management skills this year.

    • B_Leaf

      Knights2Leafs 
      Our D really isn’t as bad as some think. With Phaneuf, Gunnar, Gardiner, Franson, and Fraser there is a pretty good mix with a lot of guys still on a steep growth curve. Obviously from a standpoint of contending this year we need to add one more solid guy. But if this doesn’t happen we should have an improved group with other prospects rounding into form fairly soon. While I still don’t like the Bernier trade because of what we gave up, Bernier is a much better puck handler, this could really help our D as well.

      • theacs1966

        B_Leaf Knights2Leafs Except for that giant hole at #2D.  Philly is trying to move Colborne, that would help.

        • WendelGilmour

          theacs1966 B_Leaf Knights2Leafs 2D is our biggest need, IMO.

        • Knights2Leafs

          theacs1966
          Philly needs D as much or more than anyone.  Why are they trying to get rid of Coburn if he’s a 2D?

        • theacs1966

          Knights2Leafs theacs1966 cap space,plus they have 9 D signed for next season.

        • theacs1966

          Knights2Leafs theacs1966 And still have’t signed D-man Gustafsson.

        • Knights2Leafs

          theacs1966
          But if Coburn was really a top pairing guy they’d buyout or trade Kimmonin (?) and keep their 2D for the balance of his contract.
          At a cap hit of $4.5M for the next 3 years, that’s incredible for a 2D which makes me believe he’s not.

        • theacs1966

          Knights2Leafs theacs1966 You could be right, but the rumour was cobourn or Meszaros  I’d take Kimmo if we could get him.

        • Knights2Leafs

          theacs1966 
          Timonen

        • 4evrblue

          theacs1966 Knights2Leafs I’d take Meszaros. He can move when he gets going.

        • theacs1966

          4evrblue theacs1966 Knights2Leafs Gets hurt a lot it said.

        • JMAC17

          Knights2Leafs theacs1966 Colburn is a pretty solid shutdown guy…he would be a great addition to the blue line.  Doubt we can get him though

        • theacs1966

          JMAC17 Knights2Leafs theacs1966 Like I said, they’re crazy over there, throw something at the wall see if it sticks.

        • theacs1966

          JMAC17 Knights2Leafs theacs1966 Like I said, they’re crazy over there, throw something at the wall see if it sticks.

        • theacs1966

          JMAC17 Knights2Leafs theacs1966 Unless we put Jake at the nu;mber 2 and pull back on the reins.  He can play huge minutes, doesn’t tire.

        • Knights2Leafs

          JMAC17
          I agree but we keep saying we need a top 2 dman to play with Dion and I just don’t see him as that.

        • Knights2Leafs

          JMAC17
          I agree but we keep saying we need a top 2 dman to play with Dion and I just don’t see him as that.

        • 4evrblue

          theacs1966 4evrblue Knights2Leafs this season was a tough one for him and last year he missed 20 games, this is either the start of a rash of injuries or just an unfortunate series of events. Either way I do believe he’s on the final year of his deal, he’s big, he’s fast, he’s offensive, good defensively, would come cheaper and just makes sense in every way Coburn does. I’d take him every time at this stage of the game.

        • theacs1966

          Knights2Leafs JMAC17 We need a big stay at home minute munching Dman to play with Dion.

        • theacs1966

          4evrblue theacs1966 Knights2Leafs Hey, you talked me into it, right now we got no one who can playin the # 2 spot.

        • 4evrblue

          Knights2Leafs JMAC17 Gardiner has the outside chance at being a #2. I think Rielly has a better shot though.

        • theacs1966

          4evrblue Knights2Leafs JMAC17 At least Grads would be fast enough to cover both of their mistakes.

        • 4evrblue

          theacs1966 4evrblue Knights2Leafs JMAC17 lol true enough. I’m pumped to watch these two advance through their careers.

    • theacs1966

      Knights2Leafs Gardiner is going to rip up the league this year unless we trade him.

      • JMAC17

        theacs1966 Knights2Leafs He will definitely rip it up IF we trade him #leafluck

        • theacs1966

          JMAC17 theacs1966 Knights2Leafs Yep!

      • JMAC17

        theacs1966 Knights2Leafs He will definitely rip it up IF we trade him #leafluck

  • Knights2Leafs

    I will watch with interest who we draft but it’s nice that for the first time in a number of years we won’t be counting on that pick any time soon. 
    Going into this season we have better goaltending choices and whether or not we get a 2nd top pairing dman, we will be better simply with the development of Gardiner and Franson.  
    I have some apprehension about our forwards, a relative position of strength last year in terms of depth and speed.  While the loss of any one or even two of Bozak, Frattin, Komarov and MacArthur isn’t going to kill us, the loss of all four will have an impact depending on who Nonis brings in.  This will be what defines his management skills this year.

  • Dink

    Saw a good quote in Boston paper other day wondering if Seguin would ever improve to Kessel status…it made my day
    The press there in Boston are pondering if Seguin (in a dramatic step) should be moved…

    • Uncle Otis

      @Dink 
      The brain bone’s connected to the hip bone. 😉
      #damaged goods

      • Dink

        Uncle Otis hahaha yea

  • Dink

    Saw a good quote in Boston paper other day wondering if Seguin would ever improve to Kessel status…it made my day
    The press there in Boston are pondering if Seguin (in a dramatic step) should be moved…

  • B_Leaf

    All this talk about the Leafs and drafts gives me PTSD from past decades

    • Dink

      B_Leaf gives me worms

      • B_Leaf

        @Dink B_Leaf 
        One word…Brandon Convery..lol
        Here’s another Tom Kurvers….ugh!

    • theacs1966

      B_Leaf Giving me OCD, keep checking sports sights for trades/buyouts etc.

  • Burtonboy

    Every year we wait in anticipation of trades yet they rarely seem to happen . For the most part we are lucky to see on significant deal a year and we have already had one. I hope we see more happen yet but to be honest I’m beginning to think we won’t . Lots of teams looking to move but none of these chicken shit GM’s have the balls

    • daniel marois

      Burtonboy 
      I think the deals will happen Sunday afternoon – considering some of the bigger deals will involve draft picks.  Teams will want to wait for the last moment before pulling the trigger.  Just be patient for Sunday.

    • Knights2Leafs

      Burtonboy 
      I keep waiting for the DiPietro deal, but since Nonis said yesterday that he’s not going after a draft pick, I guess it can wait till after the draft.

      • Mind Bomb

        Knights2Leafs Burtonboy Ryan Strome !

      • daniel marois

        Knights2Leafs Burtonboy 
        I am hoping he can leverage a trade for Dipietro and get a Strome instead of a draft pick.  That would trump any player we draft at #21.  Far fetched?  Perhaps.  But the rumoured Tor-TB deal for Vinny tells me Nonis is thinking way outside the box.

        • Knights2Leafs

          daniel marois
          I really don’t think it’s far fetched at all.  It makes a lot of sense for both teams but could involve a few players.  Komi + Blacker + our 21st for DiPietro + Strome + their 1st or something like that.

        • Dink

          daniel marois Knights2Leafs Burtonboy I see Strome mentioned a lot, who came up with him as a trade target anyway?

        • ProfessorRance

          @Dink daniel marois Knights2Leafs Burtonboy He’s their top center prospect.

    • theacs1966

      Burtonboy Then there’s that empty feeling after, like there is nothing to look forward to, or is that just me?

  • Burtonboy

    https://twitter.com/DarrenDreger
    A bit surprised we haven’t seen some trade action. Multiple ongoing discussions. Sense is the first deal may open the flood gates. Hope so

    • Mind Bomb

      Burtonboy Stuff it Dreger, No one likes you and
      your mother is a hamster and your father smells of elderberry

      • Mind Bomb

        Burtonboy  MOrning BB :)

        • Burtonboy

          Mind Bomb Burtonboy Morrrrrrrrrrrrrrning MB

      • skippysleafs

        Mind Bomb Burtonboy we are the leafs that say, nint…..newuf, no no its…nint, hey we did he go?

        • theacs1966

          skippysleafs Mind Bomb Burtonboy They buggered off!

        • Mind Bomb

          skippysleafs Mind Bomb Burtonboy Lol

        • Mind Bomb

          skippysleafs Mind Bomb Burtonboy Lol

        • theacs1966

          Mind Bomb skippysleafs Burtonboy Brave, brave Sir Robin/what a gallant retreat.

        • Mind Bomb

          theacs1966 Mind Bomb skippysleafs Burtonboy I am not Dead yet 
          #louongo 
          As he makes a Shnied er coment !

        • theacs1966

          Mind Bomb theacs1966 skippysleafs Burtonboy It’s only a flesh wound!

  • theacs1966

    http://twitter.com/DarrenDreger: A bit surprised we haven’t seen some trade action. Multiple ongoing discussions. Sense is the first deal may open the flood gates. Hope so.

    • theacs1966

      Darren, form you keyboard to God’s ears.

  • Savo43

    Man i’d be pumped if Shinks (Shinkaruk) somehow dropped to us.

  • Dink

    yay NBC SPORTS is carrying draft

  • Burtonboy

    https://twitter.com/TSNBobMcKenzie
    As per https://twitter.com/DarrenDreger, VAN G Cory Schneider is in play and EDM is reportedly one of the teams interested
    .

    • B_Leaf

      Burtonboy 
      Well Gillis is finally realizing evryone has just been playing him on the Luongo thing.

      • theacs1966

        B_Leaf Burtonboy He’s been playing himself, thinking he can make a hockey trade.  Delusion are wonderful.

    • theacs1966

      Burtonboy That makes so much more sense than trying to trade Luongo, no one is taking that contract.  Might as well get a high first, Van is going to suck in a year or two.

    • B_Leaf

      Burtonboy 
      In an unrelated story John Shannon is coming up on Sportsnet to talk about the extremely high value Schneider.

    • Knights2Leafs

      Burtonboy 
      But isn’t Van then stuck with Luongo’s contract going forward?  I just can’t remember how bad it is capwise down the road.

      • Burtonboy

        Knights2Leafs Burtonboy Yep its bad. My guess is the owner is refusing to spend the money and told Gillis you made the mess you fix it

        • Zep2

          Burtonboy Knights2Leafs Soon to ge followed by a piece of pink paper with the words- YOUR FIRED

  • JMAC17

    https://twitter.com/DarrenDregerhttps://twitter.com/DarrenDreger/status/350961132934144000
    It’s getting interesting. 2 sources say Corey Schneider is in play. 1st and a prospect part of asking price. Suspect Oilers in on talks.

    • Dink

      JMAC17 interesting

      • 4evrblue

        @Dink JMAC17 very interesting. 
        If I’m Lou I would still want out after all of this

        • theacs1966

          4evrblue JMAC17 Me too.

        • Zep2

          4evrblue JMAC17 The only way Lou gets moved -Compliance buyout.
          Gillis screwed the pooch last year highballin everyone.

    • Komas Taberle

      JMAC17 LA Kings offer Frattin, Scrivens and a 2nd rounder in 2015-2016 for Schneider.

    • whalz

      7th overall and ????
      that would be the best situation for Gillis to save face

      • Burtonboy

        @whalz In the same division right ? Can’t really see him going to EDM

        • whalz

          just like Kessel to Leafs?

        • Burtonboy

          @whalz Yes I know it happens but most GM prefer not trading in the same division ,especially goalies

        • JMAC17

          Burtonboy I really dont think either parties care at this point…Lou has got to be hoping for the buyout though

        • Dink

          Burtonboy this is a ploy by both teams

        • Dink

          Burtonboy this is a ploy by both teams

        • whalz

          Gillis is a dummy, he needs to get the best deal possible and why lose an asset in LOU for nothing? his best option is to trade schneider and get some assets as Canucks propspects are nothing great

        • theacs1966

          @whalz Nono should call him up ask what Luongo would cost, just to mess with him.

        • Burtonboy

          JMAC17 Burtonboy If he is being shopped you can be dam sure Holmgren will be all in

    • Dink

      JMAC17 the 2 sources are Strombone and his Agent

  • theacs1966

    We’re inside 30 hours till the draft.  Woo hoo!

  • Knights2Leafs

    Van trades Schneider this year, buys out Lu next year and we trade Reims to Van for just about anything we want.

    • Knights2Leafs

      and we’ll be trading with their new GM.

  • B_Leaf

    Just to temper everyone’s expectations here is what the Leafs will do over the next week:
    1) They will draft at 21
    2) They will sign Tyler Bozak
    3) They will sign David Clarkson or Bryan Bickell
    4) They will not bring in a significant number two D via trade, but will try something temporary through UFA, or go with Holzer or Blacker.
    5) We may add a depth C who can help on face-offs, this could effectively move McClement to the wing.

    • Dink

      B_Leaf  what a bummer

    • whalz

      @ B Leaf
      yes
      nope
      clarkson, weiss
      nope, but ference or scuderi
      gordon

      • theacs1966

        @whalz Boyd Gordon you’re Cousin or something?  YOu’re the only one touting him.

        • Jay_Berg

          Gordan is the perfect 4th line centre

        • Jay_Berg

          Gordan is the perfect 4th line centre

        • theacs1966

          Jay_Berg NO such thing, 4 line C are a dime a dozen.  Lose one get another, no biggie.

        • Jay_Berg

          Ya McClement was a dime a dozen this year…

        • whalz

          nope, but if you look at his stats he would be ideal to centre that 4th line…pk guy aswell who is great in the faceout dot.

        • Dink

          theacs1966 lol

    • Knights2Leafs

      B_Leaf 
      lol – I don’t need my expectations tempered.  I have none.  I like our core and my only expectation is to surround them with solid pieces.  Get er done NoNo.

  • Beleafer29

    Good Morning fellow LEAFERS……this is gunna be a fun weekend of hockey , ME thinks!

    • Mind Bomb

      Beleafer29  Morning Bro

  • Dink

    unclejakescards huh

  • Beleafer29

    I think Gillis has done his best so parade his Goalies as the next best thing, and all the other GM’s are like “whatever dude, there are other Goalies out there.”
    Since he is failing with Luongo, he is now going to put Schnedier up on his freak show stage and parade him around.
    Gillis is a puppeteer of stupidity and all the other GM’s have his BS proposals and games figured out.
    Gillis just go away!

    • Loric76

      Beleafer29 If I’m Lou, I announce my retirement the day after CS is traded lol

      • Mind Bomb

        Loric76 Beleafer29  Thats Funny

    • Dink

      Beleafer29 total act of desperation

  • Mind Bomb

    -Keon-  Se how Fast that was ? It beat Penner to a Pancake !

    • http://stores.ebay.ca/UncleJakesCards?_rdc=1 unclejakescards

      -Keon- Mind Bomb who the fuck is doin that shit ???

    • Mind Bomb

      -Keon- Mind Bomb  Wow Discus would have never done that, Tisk Tisk

    • Mind Bomb

      unclejakescards -Keon- Mind Bomb Did it again UJC, I was typing and then dis-appeared lol.

    • http://stores.ebay.ca/UncleJakesCards?_rdc=1 unclejakescards

      Mind Bomb unclejakescards -Keon- i know , its pissin me off …….. more then the award winner …..

    • Mind Bomb

      unclejakescards Mind Bomb -Keon- Bah its a Beautiful Saturday, No work.  I am not getting Pissed of today lol

    • http://stores.ebay.ca/UncleJakesCards?_rdc=1 unclejakescards

      Mind Bomb unclejakescards -Keon- its gonna rain here again ……. i got company comin for pool and beers …. ugghhh

    • Mind Bomb

      unclejakescards Mind Bomb -Keon-  Well enjoy the day bro

    • Mind Bomb

      unclejakescards Mind Bomb -Keon-  Well enjoy the day bro

    • http://stores.ebay.ca/UncleJakesCards?_rdc=1 unclejakescards

      -Keon- hmmm, wonder who the mod is …… maybe its time for some fun …

  • Beleafer29

    FYI:  Winnipeg has 5 picks in the first 74 selections.  Wow!  Where did they acquire all those picks?  Guess I missed it.  Sharks have 4 picks in the first 50 selections.
    Gunna be interesting draft IMO!

  • Dink

    The Deletor says, “I’m Back”

  • theacs1966

    unclejakescards theacs1966 A rare combo of classy and dumb.

  • Loric76

    https://twitter.com/predatweeterhttps://twitter.com/predatweeter/status/350969039784386560
    Guys, the Flyers are trading Couturier for Cory Schneider. You can see this coming ten miles away

    • Loric76

      could happen

    • Mind Bomb

      Loric76  Thats a good start to a trade, hmmmmm

      • Loric76

        Mind Bomb Loric76 salary trades?

    • Area49th

      Loric76 Poor guy, Torts and Vancouver

      • theacs1966

        Area49th Loric76 That’s going to blow up real good.

    • rustynail

      Loric76 I would love that just to see how Gillis deals with having Lou in Van after all the shit he put him through last season

  • rickpearce76

    Personally, I think Philly would end Schneider’s career. That’s not a safe environment for a guy like him who hasn’t really proven much of anything yet. Another buyout possibility in a cpl years if he moves there IMHO.

    • Loric76

      rickpearce76 any goalie behind the Schenn’s isn’t safe lol

  • Loric76

    Anybody else have trouble loading this page this morning?  I got everything but pictures

    • LeafsForLife

      Loric76 For once, i can say i had no issues loading the page.

  • Loric76

    https://twitter.com/andystricklandhttps://twitter.com/andystrickland/status/350972165010620420
    https://twitter.com/search?q=%23stlblues&src=hash Pietrangelo seeking $7 million per? Plus more https://twitter.com/search?q=%23NHL&src=hash
    http://t.co/nWFH6ss0Q5

    • Mind Bomb

      Loric76  OK here is a good hockey Topic. 
      Would we want to pay 7mil plus to Letang or Pietrangelo and why ?

      • whalz

        piet, more of a complete dman…….letang is offfensive player, we have that in Gards

        • http://stores.ebay.ca/UncleJakesCards?_rdc=1 unclejakescards

          @whalz pietr is young . better defensifely …

        • whalz

          yup,.,lets offer sheet him

        • Mind Bomb

          @whalz Agreed then, now you have to extend Dion., will he take less if you aquire another Top Notch D

        • http://stores.ebay.ca/UncleJakesCards?_rdc=1 unclejakescards

          wow it didnt get deleted …. peter is another name for weiner …

        • whalz

          hmm 14 mil in 2 dman? hard to fit, unless we buyout LILES

      • Loric76

        Mind Bomb Loric76 neither, cause we have Percy and Blacker and Reilly and Gardiner and Franson and Granberg and Loov and Nielson and …

      • Mind Bomb

        -Keon- Mind Bomb Loric76 This year Keon, but as the expirience grows and the Cap Grows, and his talent unfolds, that will a good contract soon

      • Dink

        Mind Bomb Loric76  coffee talk with Linda Richman ..lol

      • Loric76

        -Keon- Mind Bomb Loric76 even if he were one of those players, this isn’t the year for it – nobody’s been fast and loose with contracts right now

      • Mind Bomb

        Loric76 -Keon- Mind Bomb True you guys, However if we dont someone will, so they question remains, he will Help us win a cup Partinered with Phaneuf

      • Loric76

        Mind Bomb Loric76 -Keon-not if he blocks us from getting a 1C with his monster salary

  • Beleafer29

    Had a dream about Chandalier, it was flashing its Bulbs at me all night……thanks Nonis for being late.

    • Dink

      Beleafer29 I dreamt of Lumpy on Leave it to Beaver

      • mcloki

        @Dink Beleafer29 Seek help. lol

        • Dink

          mcloki Beleafer29hahaha

  • Loric76

    https://twitter.com/HennyTweetshttps://twitter.com/HennyTweets/status/350975512224600067
    Leafs begin process today of talking with 26 players today . Halifax goalie zach fucale just dropped by. https://twitter.com/search?q=%23tmltalk&src=hash

    • Loric76

      today will be the start of today, today.

    • Dink

      Loric76 worst to first I hope

  • Armchair GM

    The Avs say they’re not trading Stastny… Just looked at his wiki page and it says Sakic was mentored by his father Peter Stastny…

    • Dink

      Armchair GM wasn’t Sundin on that team too?