Leafs select F Fabrice Herzog 142nd overall; G Antoine Bibeau 172nd; F Andreas Johnson 202nd

Leafs select F Fabrice Herzog 142nd overall; G Antoine Bibeau 172nd; F Andreas Johnson 202nd

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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:

 

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).”

147 comments
CanuckUKinToronto
CanuckUKinToronto

Reflections on yesterday and Nonis comments:

I think mgmt used our first round pick to solidify long term needs. If we all see Kadri as 2C or 1b and long term, then we really need a 1a C long term which you may not be successful at picking 21st.  We took size and two way play. Nothing wrong with that.  Also, happy picking Bolland up.  Nonis still talks about Bozak.  I think they would resign Bozak if right price and if so, then they would deal Grabo.  

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

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."

.JVR.
.JVR.

Lupul   -   Kadri   -   Kessel

JVR   -   Grabovski   -   Clarkson

McClement   -   Bolland   -   Kulemin

McLaren   -   Gordon   -   Orr

wendelsfist
wendelsfist

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.

Black_Hawk
Black_Hawk

Carlye probably loves to see the bolland today, finally got his shut down guy

Uncle Otis
Uncle Otis

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?

Loric76
Loric76

James Mirtle ‏@mirtle1m

NHL draft by country: Canada 96, US 57, Sweden 23, Finland 11, Russia 8, Czech 4, Swiss 4, Austria 2, Denmrk 2, Slovak 2, Latvia 1, Norway 1

Loric76
Loric76

so...how long before the Gauthier trade proposals start?

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

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.

Uncle Otis
Uncle Otis

@Pent_House 

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 :)

.JVR.
.JVR.

Gunnarsson   -   Phaneuf

Gardiner   -   Franson

Fraser   -   Blacker/Granberg/Holzer

Savo43
Savo43

@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. 

2minutes
2minutes

I definitely visited like 100 times.... Does that count as 100 or 1?

Waiting4LSC
Waiting4LSC

Alec: congrats. Fully deserved recognition of this site, and the quality of your crew.

Ze_theLeafsFan
Ze_theLeafsFan

@Loric76 awesome stuff. I've been dealing with internet troubles today or else I would have spammed hah

McDickey
McDickey

@.JVR. liles? clearly in there over blacker, granberg, holzer


Savo43
Savo43

@Uncle Otis @wendelsfist Personally i think Ference would be solid. I think he's probably the best option for the 3rd line of defense to start next to a guy like Blacker. 

sniperstar
sniperstar

@McDickey @Black_Hawk Jay was solid but didn't have the skating ability to keep up with the best of the best. Bolland is a bit faster and should be able to do this better than Jay.

wendelsfist
wendelsfist

@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 .  

McDickey
McDickey

@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

pbray9
pbray9

@sniperstar @McDickey @Black_Hawk They will probably be put together on the third line to use their shutdown skills in unison. Allows a Marlie like Colbourne to come up and pivot the fourth line.

Knights2Leafs
Knights2Leafs

@Uncle Otis

I've already got Joe playing the wing this year in place of MacA.  Getting NHL experience and ready to fill in for injuries.

Uncle Otis
Uncle Otis

@Loric76 

Not in agreement with him,but it might take a Colborne to get a decent D back.

More trying to read Nonis' mind

Uncle Otis
Uncle Otis

@Dangle_My_Berries 

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

Dangle_My_Berries
Dangle_My_Berries

@GeorgeCastanza @Dangle_My_Berries that would really give us a new look next season. Adding Bolland and Clarkson, both guys with good skill and compete, and these are guys that are further threats to score goals, we could roll 3 lines of effective scoring next season