DRAFT DAY!

DRAFT DAY!

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.

Alec Brownscombe is the founder of MapleLeafsHotStove.com, where he has written daily about the Leafs since September of 2008. He was also the editor of the 2009-12 Maple Leafs Annuals. You can contact him at [email protected]
484 comments
Burtonboy
Burtonboy

Allan Walsh ‏@walsha

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 

Waiting4LSC
Waiting4LSC

According to e5 the Pens were completely underwhelmed by the offers for Letang. Gonna be an interesting time for trades.

rockydundas
rockydundas

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!

wendelsfist
wendelsfist

@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.  

.JVR.
.JVR.

@Burtonboy 

In that case, maybe we would be able to afford to keep Phaneuf and Kessel if we acquired Letang.

rockydundas
rockydundas

@tmlfan If Columbus can't find a way to sign Goalie Bob, they may as well close shop. 

steele123
steele123

@rockydundas Haha Google Ads strikes again I have a Dove soap ad...you have cougar life...hehe

newkb
newkb

Mac is now officially stupider than Shannon...

Zep2
Zep2

@Gilbey93 Who's available in the 5 spot, Gretzky, Lemieux and Bobby Orr .Fucking ridiculous

Cameron19
Cameron19

@Gilbey93 Does he know we're not trying to ruin our team, but rather, improve it?

Waiting4LSC
Waiting4LSC

Someone needs to tweet him back (including the world) that he is either an idiot or a "hits whore"

wendelsfist
wendelsfist

@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

moimoi
moimoi

@Gilbey93 It's silly season. That isn't even a sideways step, it's a step back. There's no truth to it.

rockydundas
rockydundas

@Radar O'Rielly @tmlfan Yeah, but it;s a negotiation. You ask for the moon and start from there. Columbus has to keep their pieces. HAVE to...or they're the Expos of the NHL.

Uncle Otis
Uncle Otis

@Shift_Disturber1

Doesn't take much :)

ProfessorRance
ProfessorRance

@Gilbey93 I stand by to think that Nonis isn't that stupid. Could be wrong though, but I hope not.

rockydundas
rockydundas

@steele123 @rockydundas I try to tell myself that I'm the perfect age. I check out a 27 year old...that's OK. But MAN her Mom's only 46 and SHE'S HOT TOO! 

Then my girlfriend catches me and I'm sleeping on the couch. Again. 

Oh well

LargusMeans
LargusMeans

@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.