The Leafs rounded out a busy day with three selections in the final three rounds. The final 2013 draft haul is 4 forwards and a goalie taken over five selections (2nd and 4th were traded for Bolland).
The Leafs fifth round pick in the 2013 entry draft, Fabrice Herzog, is a 6-foot-1, 176-pound winger who has been plying his trade in the Swiss junior elite league for the past two seasons. He also appeared in 22 games for Zug of the top Swiss league last season, getting the chance to play on the same team as Henrik Zetterberg and Damien Brunner during the lockout. Dave Nonis has indicated that Herzog will cross the pond to play junior hockey in North America next season.
Michael Stephens offered the following insight on the Herzog selection:
Fabrice Herzog will really fill some holes on the #leafs roster. He instantly adds to their depth at both Fabrices AND Herzogs, you guys
— Michael Stephens (@MLHS_Mike) July 1, 2013
With Garret Sparks, the Leafs lone goalie in junior last season, set to graduate to the ECHL/AHL, Dave Morrison’s team selected Antoine Bibeau of the PEI Rockets (QMJHL) in the sixth round today. Bibeau was draft eligible last June but was passed over in his first go around. The 6-foot-2, 207-pound Quebec native posted a .911SV%, 2.81GAA with 5 shutouts in 46 starts last season.
From a USA Today article in January:
“Antoine Bibeau just keeps impressing behind a decidedly mediocre PEI defense corps. Bibeau has wrested the No. 1 job away from the veteran Maxime Lagace, a Dallas Stars signee, with rock solid work. He puts his team in a position to win every single outing, and in the process has shown pretty fair athleticism for a big netminder. He gives shooters very little to look at and has proved to be a highly competitive battler.”
Morrison’s team turned the final pick of the day over to Thommie Bergman, drafting 5’10, 183-pound left winger Andreas Johnson of Frolunda Jr. of the Swedish Jr. league.
Elite Prospects describes Johnson, “A fast-skating winger with very good hands and vision. Johnson can set plays up as well as take the shot himself. Plays with lots of energy. Very nifty. (EP, 2012).”
Hey nightcrawlers - Draft Day Recap: http://mapleleafshotstove.com/2013/07/01/draft-day-recap-leafs-get-deeper-at-center/ from Mr. Petrielli
Nonis on Gauthier:
"He fills a need long-term for us," said Nonis. "I don't expect that we'll see him shortly but he's come a long way in a short amount of time. He was playing midget hockey not too long ago."
Gauthier will come to rookie camp with the Leafs.
"Someone asked me earlier how long is it going to take for him. It's going to take as long as it takes," said Nonis. "There's not going to be any rushing of any of these players. We want to do a better job of being as deep as we can be so we can keep the players where they should be playing until they're developed and ready to come and play for us."
Nonis best chance at getting dman is trading contract for contract. That really leaves Liles or Grabbo for comparable d salary. Maybe Phoenxix with Michalek for Grabbo? Or Liles for Volkenchov? The UFA market is weak for dmen so maybe nothing happens with the defense.
I wonder what Derrick Engelland would cost out of Pittsburgh? Not too much me thinks
Solid,simple d,tough as shit and aces vs Lucic.
Would look even better under Carlyle IMO
Holzer and a 3rd?
Here we go again lol
Penguins’ deal with Letang held up; team won’t guarantee he won’t be traded next summer
Read more: http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/4279936-74/letang-penguins-deal#ixzz2Xl9l0rIr
Nonis says Leafs are "working on a couple things that might free up some [cap space]". Pleasedon'ttradeGrabovskipleasedon'ttradeGrabovski
@Alec Brownscombe Awesome. Thanks for this Alec and Anthony!
Still growing into that big frame at the U18! Lots to like. Seems very dedicated to his defensive play. Has a head in his shoulders. Looks like there's some offensive upside there too. I like the way he picks off pucks out of nowhere, which reminded me of, dare I say, the way Espo used to pick players pockets.
His wingspan really stood out in that vid PH...simply Chara like.
Skating for a big man is above avr to excellent.
Great anticipation, puck retrieval/theft.
Only thing he seemed to lack was finish..and almost a little clumsy in tight.
Paired with skilled wingers,this kid is no 3rd line plug
Thanks for the vid,sleeping better tonight :)
@wendelsfist Ballard is definitely better than he's shown in Vancouver...only 2 years left on his contract. Wonder what he could bring to the table.
I think that's currently our achilles...wonder if Ferrence would be enough
@Black_Hawk what do you think Mcclement was?
With their cap he's about the only cheap dman they have.
Cam thinks it makes Colborne expendable...he might be right.
@GeorgeCastanza all about the logo on the front...
@Loric76 Congrats. You guys deserve it.
@Loric76 wow thats awesome
@Loric76 Ar least I'm not the only loser without a life.
Nice mark Boss...soon to be broken
@Loric76 awesome stuff. I've been dealing with internet troubles today or else I would have spammed hah
@Loric76 Don't think he was called so if anything he can sign with us after he's done playing Junior.
@Burtonboy liles and komi
@.JVR. liles? clearly in there over blacker, granberg, holzer
That's why I thought Holzer to help out...he would likely make McLaren unnecessary
The way those 6'6" guys develop, Big Joe is safe for 4 or 5 years.
@2minutes Great job Alec! Best site bar none.
@Savo43 @dlb eh @wendelsfist Everyone wants to trade their bad contracts for picks. Leafs need to somehow find a partner trade from area of abundance (PMD liles) to an area of need (shutdown dmen). The only forward we may trade is Grabbo - he is very good but also a bit expensive so we could take an expensive contract back but ideally with less cap and less years left.
I think UFA market will be to spend cap on wingers .
@sniperstar @McDickey @Black_Hawk Whether that is true about the skating ability I'm not sure, I've seen bolland and like him and see the next Tucker or Corson in our future. However my only point was when we got Mcclement almost everybody was posting that Carlisle has finally got his shutdown guy so I found the comment funny when we get Bolland and you and probably others say Carlisle finally has his shutdown guy lol
Works for me...time to give him a real shot
I've already got Joe playing the wing this year in place of MacA. Getting NHL experience and ready to fill in for injuries.
I don't think we can wait until he's 28 lol
Not in agreement with him,but it might take a Colborne to get a decent D back.
More trying to read Nonis' mind
Yes,and who knows what surprises may arise to fill out the D
Unlike those who value all speed,skill and points,its grit,hustle and puck battles won that the Leafs need most
We have enough forward "talent " already IMO