The Leafs have selected 6’1, 180-pound center Carter Verhaeghe of the Niagara Ice Dogs with their 82nd overall pick. One of the younger members of the 2013 draft class (still 17 for another month and a half), the Ontario native recorded 44 points in 67 games this past season.
The McKeen’s Draft Guide (buy this book, btw) profile for Verhaeghe:
“Broke through with an 18-goal sophomore effort – and further boosted his stock winning gold with Team Canada at the U18 Worlds (7-0-4-4) .. his confidence grew exponentially since the beginning of the season – encouraged to explore his offensive instincts by Niagara coach and GM Marty Williamson .. the Waterdown, Ontario native was selected 38th overall in the 2011 OHL Priority Selection .. skilled and creative pivot with decent size and fast hands .. still working on developing a consistent compete level .. lacks urgency at times – and can be tentative about engaging in heavy board battles .. not strong enough yet – his upper body largely un-developed .. needs the luxury of open ice to create – and exploit solid puckhandling abilities and good offensive vision .. also packs a quick shooting release – and is proficient at face-offs .. bears down and wins a majority of draws .. skating holds him back however.. propels on a wide, bow-legged stance that provides average mobility and limited first-step quickness .. must work on his agility and making stronger, tighter turns .. operated outside the main spotlight – behind a strong top line that drew a bulk of the checking attention .. will assume center stage with the likes of Ryan Strome graduating – though his game is still not without questions.”
Related reading: Waterdown’s Verhaege gaining points at U18 Championship.
I think this works well if we keep Bozak or we land Lecaviler. Under pat Quinn we had lots of Centers and I think with injury woes and key face-offs it will pay to have 5 or 6 guys who can play center in a pinch.
So who do we have to replace? We dealt Frattin and I think Bolland slots into things where Frattin did previously.
MacArthur seems very likely gone, but if Colborne is ready, then he might see action on the wing. Bozak is still a maybe, and perhaps he decides that with Briere and Lecavalier on the market, he might be wise to find a good chair before the music stops on July 5?
Gardiner has to have locked up a spot in the playoffs, Reilly will get a shot, but the plan is likely 1 year in the AHL.
Biggs will get a crack at making the team in camp, but unless they only want him to hit, it would be stupid to pass up on the AHL. Do we have a spot to chase Lecavailier? Does Nonis have any interest still in Clarkson, or Stalberg? Would Nathan Horton be of any interest? ( Personally I think he's too fragile and looking for a long-term contract to cover his next concussion). It is going to be interesting.
One final note. Just for fun, I think I'm make Gillis an offer on Luongo now. Bernier + Grabovski for Luongo and Horvat.
@rustynail Biggest surprise for me was Remi Ellie getting drafted 40th by Dallas. He finished the year playing better but man, did he ever move up. 4 Knights in the top 40- pretty impressive.
What if Clarkson's price tab is too high and now Bickell is gone? Can anyone see Colborne filling in the top 6 as a winger or are we back to MacA?
From the other thread I posted this:
Just got back in. Absolutely love the Bolland pick up. Haven't read everything, but I assume the Leafs see him as the 3C. Bear in mind that this guy has a ton of offensive talent and in case of injury he's more than capable of filling in for a while in the top 6.
Can't recall if he was doing any PK for Chicago, but he was one of the best Pkers I've ever seen for the London Knights. I recall one game against Owen Sound where he scored a big goal while the Knights were 2 men short.
We might sign Bozak or we might not, but it's no longer a priority.
Contrary to what the MSM media thought, Feaster passed on Seguin and took Monahan . Was that a mistake, or is Seguins stock falling fast
@doktordave morgan has to play in nhl or go back to junior
You forgot about Strome at center when we buyout Dipietro.
@Knights2Leafs I could see Colborne playing the wing for a year, or two. I don't think Mac is back.
@Knights2Leafs I was pretty happy with it too. Bolland can flat out fly too.
@Knights2Leafs I love that deal too. Also noticed he has eyes like Tucker, looks a little crazy.
@rustynail why? gonna ruin him
Not exactly jumping for joy...I wonder who they really wanted
@dlb eh He was accepted at Harvard, he can't be slow. Some folks you just cannot please.
Checkers anyone? :)
@wiski Is that Phook with McGill?
@Zep2 and so continues the epic Kessel saga.
thank you kessel!
@Zep2 Your GM saying you need to be more of a pro certainly doesn't help raise your stock...
@-Keon- You crep.. LOL
@-Keon- post a link a picture cant find a shot...probably main reason he was first overall
@Pent_HouseYou mean something like this?
@-Keon- I don't understand why they dealt Schneider though, if they were in dire straights why not let Luongo go for scraps or buy him out. It appears that Vancouver wasn't as confident in Schneider as they let on.
@-Keon- Gillis is doing his best to make JFJ looK competent
@-Keon- Then to say that was his intention all along...laughable.
@-Keon- Whenever Gillis bends over he will always be recognized by Lou Lamorello.
@-Keon- He'll be fired sooner rather than later.
Hope they don't put the rookie's locker anywhere near Lu at training camp. That's going to be one awkward dressing room.
The cap is really going to be tight this year so that might help.
I've been really concerned with the loss of Frattin, MacA, Leo and Bozak that our vaunted team speed might suffer. Bolland really helps that and both D'Amigo and Carter Ashton have decent speed too.
Must be the Mensa's in the crowd ;)
I'm thinking Canuckleheads aren't laughing right now
# dog and fleas
@-Keon- Then Burke will come back and fix the mess.
Not looking forward to the Leafs playing Buffalo in a couple of years when Zadorov makes the team, but I'm so glad Philly is gambling on Morin and didn't take Zadorov.
I know..people kept glossing it over like it was nothing.
Of ALL the bloody tweets etc we have suffered through the past three days,this was the most important and from the horse.
Worthy of real speculation
He was my freefall guy over ShinkDink..but I was hopeful we could have got Morin somehow
Such a crapshoot,but size is always a big bonus
Didn't try to move up. That hurt. Did they have Bolland in their back pocket if they couldn't get jump? Did NoNo have the pucks to try and jump? I was hoping they would have traded Grabs to get some play.
You know,I tried to play with the kids once aat the cottage and forgot the rules.
They'd rather play gizmos anyway sadly
Tarlick or checkerboard? ;)
Bettman prefers Snakes and Ladders