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
Why do they always take Bergman's picks so late in the draft. Is there not a European he is high up on in the first two rounds?
James Van Riemsdyk ($4.250m) / Vincent Lecavalier ($5.000m) / Phil Kessel ($5.400m)Joffrey Lupul ($5.250m) / Nazem Kadri ($3.000m) / Mikhail Grabovski ($5.500m)
Tyler Biggs ($1.107m) / Dave Bolland ($3.375m) / Nikolai Kulemin ($2.800m)
Colton Orr ($0.925m) / Jay McClement ($1.500m) / Joe Colborne ($0.900m)
Frazer McLaren ($0.700m) / David Broll ($0.591m) /
Dion Phaneuf ($6.500m) / Jake Gardiner ($1.117m)
Cody Franson ($2.750m) / Morgan Rielly ($1.744m)
Jesse Blacker ($0.870m) / Carl Gunnarsson ($2.250m)
Mike Kostka ($0.850m) /
James Reimer ($1.800m)
Buyout: Darcy Tucker ($1.000m)
Buyout: Colby Armstrong ($1.000m)
Buyout: Mike Komisarek ($0.000m)
Buyout: John-Michael Liles ($0.000m)
RETAINED SALARY TRANSACTIONS (0.778% of upper limit)
Matt Frattin ($0.437m—0.5%) Ben Scrivens ($0.062m—0.1%)
CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter)
(these totals are compiled with the bonus cushion)
SALARY CAP: $64,300,000; CAP PAYROLL: $60,678,333; BONUSES: $1,522,500
CAP SPACE (22-man roster): $5,144,167
This must be the first time in a while that the Leafs have drafted two players from the Q in the same draft
We should sign Lecavalier if he will come and move grabo to the wing. You can never have enough centres
Our top goalie with the Marlies is good but he's well past the prospect stage.
And I just read Bolland news... thats great but Cam said recently that he was losing effectiveness and worth recently (getting worse)... so i probably would have been more excited if we got him a couple years ago..
Once the free agency starts etc we'll be seeing more player moveremnt into the summer months than we ever saw before.
Now with Bolland I wont mind losing Bozak, but really wish we could get an asset for Grabo and keep Bozak for free
Sounds like Nonis wants Bozak back and wants him to sign lower then Grabo so he can move/buyout grabo