DRAFT DAY!

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Plenty of chatter but no moves so far this weekend. Regardless of the amount of trade activity today, it will be a busier draft day than usual with all 7 rounds going down today at the Prudential Centre starting at 3 p.m. EST. Coverage begins at 2:30 p.m. on TSN.

As it stands now, the Leafs will pick in each round, selecting 21st, 51st, 82nd, 117th, 142nd, 172nd & 202nd today.

I can’t imagine much changes – Dave Morrison told us as much – with it being Nonis’ first draft at the helm, given he was already an assistant GM for four years and it’s the same Leafs draft team sans Burke. But for what it’s worth, I’ve amassed Dave Nonis’ drafting record as Canucks GM after the jump:

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So: a good 2004, and very shitty 2006 and 2007 drafts.

In terms of the national background of his draft selections: Before last year’s draft, Michael calculated the percentage of Europeans Burke drafted over his previous 7 drafts and it came out to a mere 15.9 percent (8 out of 52, with no Russians, Slovaks or Czechs selected). Nonis’ four drafts in Vancouver saw his draft team select eight Europeans in 24 selections, which is 33.3%.

Onto some draft day links…

Hockey’s Future Leafs Draft Preview. Yep, strong on D and depth forwards, high-end skill needed.

The Leafs have qualified all over their RFAs thereby retaining their rights. Fraser rejected his QO as it was a two-way deal.

The Leafs met with soon-to-be free agent Vincent Lecavalier yesterday, as did half of the league. The Leafs, Canadiens, Blues, Ducks, Stars and Flyers all met with Vinny in New York, with the Flames and Wings on deck for tomorrow and the Panthers planning to meet with him post draft.

Kris Letang update from Pierre Lebrun.

Broad Street Hockey takes a shot at measuring the strength of competition among the top CHL prospects in today’s draft class. Klimchuk and Petan show well among the late-first round prospects.

Here’s a good profile on Nicolas Petan.

Nathan Horton will hit free agency and there’s talk of Tyler Seguin being in the market (Do I have to say it)? The Lightning apparently are interested.

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

    happy draft day leafers !!

  • Optimustic

    Looking forward to the moves ( if any ) to fill our holes as much as the draft.  It’s been so quiet so far that once someone makes a move it could start a lot of change.  Seems we’ve been saying the same thing for sometime now, but eventually the balloon will pop.

    • 4evrblue

      Optimustic I’m looking forward to the trade around the league, not just with the leafs. A lot of interesting names floating around out there.

      • Optimustic

        4evrblue Optimustic For sure, some I’m interested in and some not so much.  Letang doesn’t interest me for the Leafs if we have to give up Phaneuf to get him, but it will be interesting to see where he ends up.   Lecavalier, I’d take on a short term deal, but I’m hoping we get a different 1C soon.

  • Dink

    Glad there is a race today, get my mind off all this inactivity

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

      @Dink wat race ??

      • Dink

        unclejakescards  Nascar at Kentucky, was rained out last night

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

          @Dink unclejakescards haaaaa koool , i can watch it ….

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

          unclejakescards wat time ?

        • Dink

          unclejakescards  starts at noon

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

          @Dink unclejakescards great , thx

        • Burtonboy

          unclejakescards Morning folks . Can’t say i understand the appeal of Nascar racing. Round and round and round we go. Boring lol.  I understand the tail gate parties are the best going though.

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

          Burtonboy unclejakescards i think its something you have to grow up with … my family been in dirt racing since 40’s .

        • Dink

          unclejakescards Burtonboy my family been short trackers

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

          @Dink unclejakescards kool , where at

        • Dink

          unclejakescards northeast usa

        • Dink

          unclejakescards and into NB

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

          @Dink unclejakescards nice . dirts for racin , asphalt is for gettin there

        • Burtonboy

          @Dink unclejakescards Burtonboy We have a short track close by here (Geary NB )I went once but really didn’t like it a lot. Pretty decent crowds though for this area

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

          Burtonboy unclejakescards alot of science and technology involved ….. can be tough ….. amazing rush tho .

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

          @Dink truck series goin to eldora end of july , should be awesome . tried get tickets , sold out.

        • Optimustic

          unclejakescards We’re supposed to get a track here in the Niagara area soon.   It’s a step down from Nascar. but it’ll be interesting to see.  I’ll go once in a while to see what it’s like but I’ve never gotten into racing yet.

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

          Optimustic unclejakescards ya, there been talk about that for long time , hoping they do .

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

          Optimustic unclejakescards the greatest track on the planet is eldora . tony stewart just bought it few years ago , the truck series will be there end of july , will be the show of the year ….

        • Optimustic

          unclejakescards Optimustic It finally received approval recently, so it looks like it will happen.  So many who lived right there didn’t like the noise and commotion that it may create, but Fort Erie needs something like this badly.  Since the OJC abandoned the Race Track ( horse racing ) there isn’t much here.

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

          Optimustic unclejakescards thats great , if they build it i will come ….

        • Optimustic

          unclejakescards Optimustic Where is Eldora?   I know there’s a track in the States near Rochester, not sure what it’s called though.

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

          Optimustic unclejakescards rossburg , ohio .

        • Optimustic

          unclejakescards Optimustic I see, I just googled it.  http://www.eldoraspeedway.com/   Thanks though.

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

          Optimustic unclejakescards they have a race there every year called prelude to the dream , the nascar drivers race latemodels , its shown on ppv .

        • Optimustic

          unclejakescards Optimustic Neat, are they all truck races?  I’m watching the video posted on the speedway’s web site.  The short track makes the race more challenging it seems.

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

          Optimustic unclejakescards oh no , eldora has, sprints , late models, modifieds ,street stocks  . the nascar truck series is goin there for 1st time , 1st race on a dirt track .

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

          Optimustic if the video is of one truck on the track, thats tony stewart in it , test session …

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

          Optimustic and tony races there once in a while , in a sprint or latemodel , almost always finishes top 5 .

  • 4evrblue

    Nonis’ draft record is crazy. There are guys on there from Russia……. weird

    • Dink

      4evrblue pretty lame picks, maybe he should trade it..lol

  • peterbleafs

    So what picks do we have today?

    • 4evrblue

      peterbleafs didn’t read the blog?

      • peterbleafs

        4evrblue peterbleafs Damn, skimmed over that, thanks!

        • 4evrblue

          peterbleafs 4evrblue no problem at all

  • Burtonboy

    Well lets see if these GM’s who sure talked the talk yesterday can actually walk the walk today. Not holding my breath

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

      Burtonboy you thinkin the buyouts and ufa killing the trade market ???

      • Burtonboy

        unclejakescards Burtonboy Nope . The problem is the cap going down . Taking on salary is very difficult and the GM’s are having a hard time pulling the trigger

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

          Burtonboy unclejakescards ya, that too , lolol , honestly dont care what other teams do , just want leafs to make great moves or stand pat ….

  • WendelGilmour

    As far as the draft goes I’m not familiar enough with most of the prospects to have much of an opinion, so I’ll have to trust Morrison to get the best player available. It’s starting to look like there will be more smoke than fire today, so I don’t expect much.
    Before the season starts I would like to see Nonis upgrade Mac, Bozak, Grabs, add a 4th liner who can play, get us a 2D. If we can get a Statsny, or Lecavalier to bridge a year or two before Naz is 1C, great. If not I’m perfectly fine with putting him with Lups and Kessel right now. 
    I’m really hoping Nonis stays the course and adds to the core of Kadri, Kessel, Lups, JVR, Gards, Reilly. Add a kid, or two, like Colborne for the next couple of years and we’ll be in great shape.

    • Burtonboy

      WendelGilmour If the Leaf can find the right pieces they can make room by using both compliance buyouts. I think there’s very close to enough cash in regular buyouts and salary retention to come close to getting Dion and Phil signed next yr. That with a little bit of an increase is cap next yr should get it done. Question for me is will Nonis be aggressive enough to pull the trigger

      • WendelGilmour

        Agreed, Bboy. Perhaps the Bernier acquisition is a sign Nonis will be more aggressive than in the past.
        Did you have any opportunity to see any of the highly ranked kids in the Q?

        • Burtonboy

          WendelGilmour Unfortunately not this yr.

        • WendelGilmour

          Sounds like there are some good ones.
          Jeff Marreck claims Rychel plays a similar style to Wendel (no, he did not say he was as good), in that he will score, hit, and fight. Mantha intrigues me too.

        • Burtonboy

          WendelGilmour Some really good players in this draft from 16 to 50 from everything I’ve read

        • Knights2Leafs

          WendelGilmour 
          Man, I wouldn’t want to have the Wendel comparison hanging over my head if I were Rychel.  I’ve only seen him a few times and he’s a decent player, but I don’t ever recall thinking he was a tough player or that he intimidated anyone on the ice.

        • Burtonboy

          Knights2Leafs WendelGilmour Seems like all Knights fans don’t like Rychel lol

        • WendelGilmour

          Agreed. Didn’t the Knights originally draft him even though his dad owns the Spits? I seem to remember a bit of a controversy when he came out of Bantam.

        • Knights2Leafs

          Burtonboy
          Honestly BB, I’d be okay if we took him.  I hear the rumours about him but I don’t dislike him as a player. It’s always the ones you don’t know much about that seem enticing like Gauthier, Mantha etc.  At least Rychel has a decent pedigree.

  • Knights2Leafs

    Blockbuster #1:
    Toronto trades JVR (I love him, but so would the Avs), Franson, our 1st this year and our 1st next year for the 1st overall
    We sign Horton and re-sign MacA and our top 6 are:
    Lupul – Kadri – Kessel
    MacA – Mackinnon – Horton

    • WendelGilmour

      Haha, that would be nice. I’m warming to Horton, isn’t he from the area?

    • wendelsfist

      Knights2Leafs The more I look at JVR’s contract, the more important he will become in the future.  If you look at the bruins and espeicallyl the hawks, they have great players locked up at reasonable cap rates and avoided paying Keith and towes and cane a bazillion dollars that crosby, malkin and letang (?) get.

      • Knights2Leafs

        wendelsfist
        Oh, I agree.  I just see Mackinnon as a guy that will be a true franchise player and for once I’d like to see the Leafs get a guy like that.

  • WendelGilmour

    I wonder what their draft record is with Gillis? My bet is worse. They also made a mess of Hodgson when they did draft him.

  • Scottish Leaf

    I cannot wait for this, I’ve been playing NHL 13 all day trying to kill time

  • Scottish Leaf

    I cannot wait for this, I’ve been playing NHL 13 all day trying to kill time

  • WendelGilmour

    Here’s the Leafs Top 10 prospects per HockeysFuture;
    Top 10 Prospects:
    1. http://www.hockeysfuture.com/prospects/morgan_rielly/, D
    2. http://www.hockeysfuture.com/prospects/joe_colborne/, C
    3. http://www.hockeysfuture.com/prospects/matt_finn/, D
    4. http://www.hockeysfuture.com/prospects/carter_ashton/, RW
    5.http://www.hockeysfuture.com/prospects/jesse_blacker/, D
    6. http://www.hockeysfuture.com/prospects/josh_leivo/, LW
    7. http://www.hockeysfuture.com/prospects/tyler_biggs/, RW
    8. http://www.hockeysfuture.com/prospects/stuart_percy/, D
    9. http://www.hockeysfuture.com/prospects/korbinian_holzer/, D
    10. http://www.hockeysfuture.com/prospects/jerry_damigo/, RW
    Finn had a tough year, two bouts of mono, but looks like he may have been the steal many NHL scouts said he would be.

    • Gilbey93

      WendelGilmour he sounds like carlo’s cousin for sure

    • Scottish Leaf

      Gilbey93 WendelGilmour If Fucale was still available at #21 I’d take him or a Center. Bar Sparks we have no-one worth developing.

    • Scottish Leaf

      Gilbey93 WendelGilmour My bad guys, arsed that last comment up, I’d really like us to take Fucale at #21 if we get the chance, if not, I’d be happy to get a Center.

    • Burtonboy

      WendelGilmour Steve Staios and Jim Huges have spoken very highly about Finn then last couple of days . Tough yr with 2 bouts of mono and a knee injury. Apparently he’s pounding the weights in the gym big time right now and he has been invited to WJC team camp. He’s under the radar right now but he could be a real gem in a couple of yrs

      • WendelGilmour

        That lines up with everything I have heard. I just wish I’d seen mpore of him.

      • WendelGilmour

        They may well be the first pairing this year at the WJC. (as long as Spott isn’t the coach).

    • wendelsfist

      WendelGilmour For those that have seen them play, do people agree with the Finn vs Percy relative ranking?  Also being that Holzer is at #9 and struggled in the NHL, I don’t know what rankings 7 to 10 mean.

      • WendelGilmour

        Unfortunately I haven’t seen enough of Finn to say, but many NHL scouts are very high on him. I did see Percy with the Marlies during last year’s playoff run and he looked great. Great passer, no panic, thinks the game well. He didn’t look out of place at all.

        • Burtonboy

          WendelGilmour I find it strange Percy didn’t get into more games with the Marlies last spring . They choose to play Rielly instead and according to many on this board Rielly is nowhere close to being ready . Not sure I understand the logic of keeping him out if Percy is  further along then Reilly

        • Knights2Leafs

          WendelGilmour 
          I saw Finn a couple of times this year but he clearly wasn’t 100%.  It’s so hard with these junior dmen that aren’t clearly elite to know where they will end up.  Finn seems to have a higher offensive upside and he probably is ranked higher because he’s a year younger.

        • Cameron19

          Burtonboy WendelGilmour Marlies were kind of shit offensively at the time.  Maybe they just wanted the more dynamic powerplay guy.

        • WendelGilmour

          Me too. I wondered why Percy played less this year than last. Like I said he looked great in last year’s stint with the Marlies.

        • WendelGilmour

          You’re probably right on that. If Finn can stay healthy I’ll make a point of getting out to see him. I didn’t make many games this year.

        • Burtonboy

          Cameron19 Burtonboy WendelGilmour Maybe but he was there for quite a while . There were lots of opportunities to give him playing time when the playoff spot was clinched .. MacWillian only got into 1 game as well which I thought was strange as well given the type of game he plays

        • WendelGilmour

          I hadn’t considered that, so it may be the case. Percy was very good at zone break-outs, so he would have potentially helped generate more offense too.

    • WendelGilmour

      Haha, at least they’re not hockey related injuries. Apparently a very, very good player and excellent team guy. Solidly buillt to boot.

  • WendelGilmour

    Cool, I like that plan.

    • WendelGilmour

      No, just think the folks in Sasky deserve it.

  • Scottish Leaf

    Yaknowwhat Pass…..would rather us go for Clutterbuck or Clarkson

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

    soooo , what goalie does holmgren trade for ???

    • Scottish Leaf

      unclejakescards Halak

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

        @Scottish Leaf unclejakescards im gonna guess a huge package for hiller and ryan ….

        • Scottish Leaf

          unclejakescards Will be interesting to see the Flyers blow it up again

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

      -Keon- but thats too easy for homer , hes a ufa …..

  • Knights2Leafs

    Blockbuster #2:
    Don’t have one.   I
    was looking to end up with:
    Lupul – Kadri – Kessel
    JVR – Seguin – Horton
    But my heart is just not into trying to get Sequins.  Fortunately my head agrees.

    • Cameron19

      Knights2Leafs Ha, maybe the one star player we don’t care to rosterbate for…. Though, star player is kind of a questionable descriptor to begin with…

  • wendelsfist

    Yaknowwhat Also the toughness”fit”, poor playoffs compared to Krecji, the lack of defence/back checking and the fact he is behind both Bergeron and Krecji at center.   The team spends too much at center and probably wants to free up space for wings/defence.

    • WendelGilmour

      I’ve wanted Krejci for years. Great playoff performer.

    • Cameron19

      Yaknowwhat wendelsfist He doesn’t get along with Julien. Earlier in the year Julien was asked why he gave Seguin so few minutes in one game, but then put him out in the final minute, when the net was empty (Seguin had just potted an empty netter).  He said: “Well, it sure as hell wasn’t for his board work, or defensive play.”

      He’s had a few not so subtle jabs like that at him.  People thought Wilson was bad, but other coaches say worse shit all the time – it’s just no one cares, because it’s not Toronto…

    • Cameron19

      Yaknowwhat Cameron19 wendelsfist 

      Well in Seguin’s case, I don’t think he ever really experienced any pressure.  He was probably given the easiest ride to the NHL of any prospect in recent memory. Most guys like him have to join a low caliber team and work super hard to be a part of that team’s growth.  He got to just suit in a totally complete line-up and do his thing.

    • steele123

      Cameron19 Yaknowwhat wendelsfist That was all given to him to show up the Leafs in the Kessel deal, he should have gone back to Junior and just DOMINATED but no, lets show up the Leafs.

  • peterbleafs

    Leafs are ranked 24th for prospects which is pretty shitty.  We best continue drafting and get our prospect pool better.  We definitely over rate our own prospects, only Rielly is high end.  Everyone else is a moderate.

    • Knights2Leafs

      Yaknowwhat
      lol – that’s because elite high end talent don’t usually play in the AHL to begin with and if they do they don’t stay long.

      • theacs1966

        Knights2Leafs Yaknowwhat Perry, Getzlaf, Kadri, all the players on Det.

      • theacs1966

        Knights2Leafs Yaknowwhat Plus almost all goalies.

      • Knights2Leafs

        Yaknowwhat
        Right.  Edmonton is #3 on the list and there top 2 prospects are Yakupov and Schultz.  AHL material all the way.

      • Knights2Leafs

        theacs1966
        …or they don’t stay long.  How many games did Perry and Getzlaf play in the A?  
        How fucked up was Ron Wilson?

    • Cameron19

      peterbleafs By who?  Hockey’s Future is garbage.  They don’t even watch the prospects – they’re just fans like you and me.

    • Zep2

      peterbleafs The Marlies have gotten to the final 2 then the final 4 over the last 2 years.
      The prospect pool/ organizational strength is probably higher than 24 on that basis

  • Great Dane

    Could Leafs draft Robert Hägg from Sweden in the first round.
    Thommie Bergman always few aces up the sleeves – Mark Edwards says he has top 10 talent but can’t put it together over a more games.

  • WendelGilmour

    That’s my only hesitation, assuming the price was reasonable.

  • wendelsfist

    Off for a run so I can later sit on my butt and curse how I wasted the entire afternoon watching the leafs not do anything besides draft a few pretty talented kids.

  • wendelsfist

    Off for a run so I can later sit on my butt and curse how I wasted the entire afternoon watching the leafs not do anything besides draft a few pretty talented kids.

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

    anyone know anything about paul rangers plans ???

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

    anyone know anything about paul rangers plans ???

  • Zep2

    If the Bruins are trading Seguin because Bergeron and Krejci are a head of him, what the hell are the Avs going to do with Oreilly, Duschene,Statsny if they pick MacKinnon
    BTW I think Seguin is damaged goods. Flames would be taking a huge chance on him 
    Read the fine print this time Feaster

    • Cameron19

      Zep2 Seguin is a winger at the NHL level anyways.

      • Zep2

        Cameron19 Zep2 Because he cant dislodge the guys in front of him. Is Calgary going to trade a chance to get Monohan or Lindholm for a winger with very little compete level and and a chronic injury.
        The GM would get roasted alive in TO. -REMEMBER

        • WendelGilmour

          I’m looking forward to Feaster drafting a kid from senior public school this year.

        • theacs1966

          WendelGilmour I’m looking forward to Feaster drafting a kid from the  California penal league. (Major League)

    • Zep2

      Gilbey93 Zep2 Oreilly probably gets moved once the year is up.

  • Cameron19

    How about that Mike Smith signing? Wow is that bad.  Mike Smith is tremendously over-rated. Outside of his one good year in 2012, he is a 31 year old goalie with mostly back-up numbers.

    • Cameron19

      Gilbey93 Cameron19 I’d take both our goalies over him. Price will probably be our Team Canada guy, unless he’s really shitting the bed next year.

      • Cameron19

        Gilbey93 Cameron19 I believe Reimer deserves a call.  He’s incredibly under-rated.  But he will obviously have to follow it up by not losing the net Bernier.

  • newkb

    Done deal.

  • jimyor

    leafs have a great draft position.stay the course and draft morgan klimchuck @ 21 and ryan kujawinski @ 51.awesome talent ,would round out prospect pool as well they are the bpa.

  • Loric76

    https://twitter.com/RobRossi_Tribhttps://twitter.com/RobRossi_Trib/status/351320526406422528
    https://twitter.com/search?q=%23TribHKY&src=hash for first time in a while, hearing good things about talks btwn https://twitter.com/search?q=%23pens&src=hash and Letang. A step forward, anyway.

    Surprise surprise

    • Loric76

      Gilbey93 Loric76 yup all that noise and he’ll just end up resigning

  • Cameron19

    Gilbey93 Yaknowwhat I’d look to a lot of other centers before RNH.  One of the smallest guys in the league, and already had a couple serious injuries.

  • Loric76

    https://twitter.com/MartinBrodeurhttps://twitter.com/MartinBrodeur/status/351319188876443648
    Good Luck to my son https://twitter.com/abrodeur30 today at the https://twitter.com/NHL Draft

    I didn’t know Marty’s kid was draft eligible.  Anybody know anything about him?

    • theacs1966

      Loric76 Jersey pity pick 8th round, a la Piazza.

    • Beleafer29

      Loric76 He plays in my Hometown (Faribault, MN) @ Shattuck-St. Mary’s.  He is doing well!!!  Also a Goalie

  • Knights2Leafs

    Yaknowwhat
    Reimer could be a big bust due to injury too.  No doubt that played a large part in the Bernier trade.

  • Alec Brownscombe

    Who does everyone want at 21?

    • skippysleafs

      Alec Brownscombe Mantha sounds like a good one

    • Optimustic

      Alec Brownscombe I don’t know much about the prospects, but I like Morin’s size.   Could he be our Chara?

    • .JVR.

      Alec Brownscombe 
      Out of the players I think will be available, here is my list: (in no particular order)
      Mantha, Gauthier, Rychel, Lazar, Erne, Petan and Morin.

    • Uncle Otis

      Alec Brownscombe 
      At 21 I was big on Loni Anderson…oh,wait
      Morin

  • Alec Brownscombe

    Who does everyone want at 21?

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ LeoTheLion

    Interesting about Nonis looking far more into Europeans than Burke.
    Doesn’t look like any of Nonis’ Russian/Slovak picks worked out though.

    • Great Dane

      @LeoTheLion Just let Thommie Bergman make the European picks – then Leafs are in good hands

      • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ LeoTheLion

        Great Dane Yeah looks like he’s found another goodie in Granberg.

        • Great Dane

          @LeoTheLion Great Dane TB found Rask, Kulemin, Gunnar, Tlusty, Granberg, Holzer and that with very few picks. 
          Nilson is coming over a year from now and he should be a bigger talent than Granberg and Gunnar.

    • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ LeoTheLion

      Yaknowwhat So wait, Best Player Available or Canadians first? Which are you advocating?

    • Uncle Otis

      @LeoTheLion 
      Slav it up! lol

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ LeoTheLion

    Interesting about Nonis looking far more into Europeans than Burke.
    Doesn’t look like any of Nonis’ Russian/Slovak picks worked out though.

  • Burtonboy

    https://twitter.com/DarrenDreger
    Spoke to a couple of the teams who met with Lecavalier. All pitched their team model, city and his fit. Sense is Vinny is “spinning”.

    Anyone care to decipher what this means

    • Burtonboy

      -Keon- Burtonboy Maybe ,first time he’s ever been in a position like this for sure.

      • Burtonboy

        -Keon- Burtonboy Thats probably far more likely lol

      • Loric76

        -Keon- Burtonboy I would assume its the latter, since one of the teams he’s meeting with is Calgary.  Even with the Feaster connection I can’t see him signing there.

  • Burtonboy

    https://twitter.com/KatieStrangESPN
    https://twitter.com/search?q=%23NYR&src=hash Happy NHL draft day! Without a pick in the first two rounds and little cap room to maneuver, expect a (rare) quiet day for Rangers.

  • Burtonboy

    https://twitter.com/Real_ESPNLeBrun
    Not sure if he moves or not, but Canucks getting lots of calls on Edler

    • Cameron19

      Burtonboy That’s a much better fit for us than Letang, in my opinion.  And being that he was Nonis’s first draft pick as a GM, I would expect we’ll be all over that, if he’s actually available.

      • Jay_Berg

        Gilbey93 Cameron19 Burtonboy they HAVE to move salary and most of there other D are unmoveble unless they want to buyout Ballard.

      • Cameron19

        Gilbey93 Cameron19 Burtonboy I think he’s their 2nd best, but I believe they think he’s their 3rd best.

      • Cameron19

        Gilbey93 Cameron19 Burtonboy I think he’s their 2nd best, but I believe they think he’s their 3rd best.

      • Cameron19

        Gilbey93 Cameron19 Burtonboy Hamhuis is their top minute muncher, and faces the strongest competition.  They love him.

  • .JVR.

    So boys, whats the word this morning?

  • .JVR.

    Gilbey93 
    Don’t like the third pairing of Subban and Letang.  I wouldn’t pair the two of them up.
    Would rather go with Subban/Pietrangelo or Pietrangelo/Letang.

  • Burtonboy

    https://twitter.com/TSNBobMcKenzie
    Will VAN’s Alex Edler get “Jeff Carter-ed”? (Traded right before his NTC kicks in). I’d say there’s a decent chance Edler gets “Carter-ed.”

    • Cameron19

      Burtonboy Gunnarsson + prospect + pick

      • Jay_Berg

        Cameron19 Burtonboy done

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

        Cameron19 Burtonboy how much edler make on new deal ??

        • .JVR.

          unclejakescards
          Don’t need to worry about that until 2019/20, as he just signed a long-term deal.

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

          .JVR. unclejakescards wow , 5 mil per for 6 years , good deal …

      • .JVR.

        Cameron19
        Would like to hold onto Gunnarsson, but if Edler is coming back, I guess I could live with him going.
        Not sure what else we could possibly trade in a deal for him.  If we managed to retain Gunnarsson, while acquiring Edler, our D would be quite solid:

        Edler   –   Phaneuf
        Gardiner   –   Franson
        Gunnnarsson   –   Blacker/Granberg/Holzer

      • Burtonboy

        Cameron19 Burtonboy They ween’t kidding when they said they have never seen so many big names being tossed around . Hopefully it develops into a really fascinating day and not a complete dud.

      • WendelGilmour

        Yes please.

      • Uncle Otis

        Cameron19 
        Don’t think Gillis will be anxious to make a deal with T.O.,in fact I’d say we are his last option. He’s too sore
        #strom-boned

        • Lonsmos2

          Uncle Otis Cameron19 
          agreed

      • .JVR.

        Cameron19
        Or, we take on Luongo’s contract (amnesty buyout) along with Edler and give up alot less.

        • Jay_Berg

          .JVR. Cameron19 Edler + Lou for Komi?

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

          Jay_Berg .JVR. Cameron19 awesome …. deal

        • Cameron19

          Jay_Berg .JVR. Cameron19 Holy shit that would be amazing.

        • .JVR.

          Jay_Berg
          Not gonna happen.
          You might be able to throw Komisarek into the deal, but they aren’t gonna give up Edler to get arid of Luongo.

        • Jay_Berg

          .JVR. Jay_Berg yea i know. Gillis is too much of a stubborn dumbass and this would make him look defeated.

        • Great Dane

          .JVR. Cameron19 Edler + Luongo for Liles + 4th round pick  that would work

        • .JVR.

          Great Dane
          No it wouldn’t Gillis would never make that deal!

        • Jordan29

          Yes they would especially if a top 4 like gunner is in the trade too. No owner would pass up saving 20-30 million

        • rustynail

          Jay_Berg .JVR. Cameron19 that is actually close to fair considering ownership won;t let them buyout Lou

      • Jordan29

        Edler+pick+Luongo
        FOR
        Liles+Gunnarsson maybe

  • Mind Bomb

    A happy draft day morning everyone.

  • Dink

    oh

  • Loric76

    TheCanucksnaphook something happen or just cause?

  • Jay_Berg

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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

    dam , that would be so awesome , … edler and lalongo for watevr expendable parts they want ….. buy out lalongo , then he signs in edmonton ….. haha , gillis worst nightmare …

  • steele123

    See my thing is I see the Leafs trading up to get Carolina’s spot…then trading back down to 8 or 9 and drafting Max Domi. It would be a huge splash along with Dave’s first pick as GM and a built-in fan favourite…can he do it – remains to be seen but I love Max kid has crazy compete level.

    • Mind Bomb

      steele123  Morning Steel, His first Pick wont be till the second round, We are trading our First for Statsney :)

      • steele123

        Mind Bomb steele123 Jeez I hope not, Trade #21 and Gunnar and prospect for their pick…trade downto 8 or 9 and pick up another 2nd rounder then pick Domi…

        • Mind Bomb

          steele123 Mind Bomb  I like that, but I think I would Draft Bo Horvat, And I named My Sheppard Domi after Tie, so I am a big fan, I just think Domi projects more like a winger in the NHL, and with a smallish Center already in Kadri, I would prolly choose horvat in this scenario. But if you get Carolina’s number 5 I doubt I would trade down for an second. To many Great picks at 5. You are looking at Barkov or Lindhom, MOnahan, that would prolly solve our 1C for the Future

  • Loric76

    http://www.capgeek.com/canucks/
    This is so awesome…Cauncks only have $47,000 of cap-space left, with 7 UFA’s and 2 RFA’s to sign lol.  They’re so fucked.

  • Jay_Berg

    My predictions for today:
    – Perron traded to CLB for their lowest 1st rounder
    – M. Staal traded to Carolina for the 5th overall 
    – Vanek traded to NSH for the 4th overall
    boooom

    • Jordan29

      Staal is still not 100%though so you never know

      • steele123

        Jordan29 I enjoy how the Staal brother decided to play in a city with NO PRESSURE whatsoever. Something to be said for being big fish in a small bowl eh? Not saying that should have orchestrated it to the Leafs but like…Detroit would have been a great fit…

        • Jordan29

          Ya your right. I cut imagine me and my brothers wanting to play hockey in Carolina our whole lives. I would slap the shit out of one of them for even thinking about it

        • steele123

          Jordan29 I just don’t like it. Like why wouldn’t you want one of the biggest markets to showcase your elite skills which they have in spades? But no, they choose to fade into the background but then take shots at Kessel…they are douchers.

        • Jay_Berg

          steele123 Jordan29 if someone offered you $8 million a year to play hockey in 25 degree weather and nobody would bother you…. you would think otherwise??? I know its not a hockey market but fuck that sounds like a perfect life to me.