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:[table “148” not found /]
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.
Talking with some NHL people who say the League is projecting the Upper Limit to go up 33% over 3 years. That's a $80M Upper limit.
This is what all the GM's are banking on
According to e5 the Pens were completely underwhelmed by the offers for Letang. Gonna be an interesting time for trades.
Does anyone else have the ad for 'CougarLife.com on the side board? If the girl in the ad was a cougar, people wouldn't make such fun of cougars! LOL!
@Burtonboy If you are a GM of a team with lots of cap space this summer, you might pick up some really "bargain" players on great salaries that would be prime trading blocks as cap and salaries rise year after year.
In that case, maybe we would be able to afford to keep Phaneuf and Kessel if we acquired Letang.
@Shift_Disturber1 Justin Falk... big difference
@Shift_Disturber1 Hoping? WTF? Just do it! Set a time limit between picks. The first ten picks turn into a snooze fest.
@tmlfan Heard Phili is looking for a goalie...
@tmlfan Bobrovsky can cook a sock!
@tmlfan If Columbus can't find a way to sign Goalie Bob, they may as well close shop.
@Gilbey93 8th and Myers. That's retarded Kypreos. No way Buffalo would do that.
@Gilbey93 phucking cousins!
@dlb eh Komisarek for Berg
Wife must have signed up ;)
@rockydundas Haha Google Ads strikes again I have a Dove soap ad...you have cougar life...hehe
@Gilbey93 Who's available in the 5 spot, Gretzky, Lemieux and Bobby Orr .Fucking ridiculous
@Gilbey93 Does he know we're not trying to ruin our team, but rather, improve it?
@Gilbey93 And as someone said, this does nothing to make the Canes better today. They need to win now with the Staals, Semin etc adn not in 4 or 5 years
@Gilbey93 It's silly season. That isn't even a sideways step, it's a step back. There's no truth to it.
@Leafs_17 Good. Would have cost too much anyway
@newkb that is speaking in absolutes
@Waiting4LSC they are not mutually exclusive
@Gilbey93 I stand by to think that Nonis isn't that stupid. Could be wrong though, but I hope not.
@ProfessorRance'd gauge my fucking eyes out if the Leafs did such a moronic move. How is giving our top 2 d prospects for a 5th pick that may be no better then either one, nevermind both. Fuck tards.