Draft Day Recap: Leafs get deeper at center

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The old saying in hockey is that defense wins championships, and defense was the theme of the day for the Leafs yesterday even though they didn’t acquire a single defenseman.

For Toronto, the day started off by selecting 6’4 Frederik Gauthier with their 21st overall pick. Gauthier started off the season hot with 10 goals and 20 points in his first 20 games, but he suffered a broken jaw that required surgery and struggled after that offensively, potting only 12 goals in his remaining 50 games.

However, his effort was routinely noticeable defensively, as Gauthier worked hard to cut off passing lanes, backchecked, sacrificed his body to make the right play and simply put forth an honest effort. Last June, the Leafs used their first rounder to draft Morgan Rielly in part because of how hard he worked to get back after suffering a devastating knee injury, and this year they drafted a guy in the first round who suffered a broken jaw but came back strong and continued to work despite poor goal totals.

Gauthier was fourth overall in points for a rookie in the QMJHL this year, but he played fewer games than each of the three players ahead of him. It’s also interesting that Gauthier is getting drafted as a rookie, because that means he never had a year to adjust to the league; instead, he was thrown into the Q and expected to produce immediately. There are more than a few examples of players being drafted after their rookie year lower than they should have been –Wayne Simmonds and Brandon Saad are two — because they had good but not great rookie seasons.

Some will criticize this move as the Leafs playing it safe again in the first round, but if you’re telling me Toronto will get a legitimate NHL player out of this I’d take it. Here are the selections at 21 since 2000:

2000 – Anton Volchenkov

2001 – Colby Armstrong

2002 – Anton Babchuk

2003 – Mark Stuart

2004 – Wojtek Wolski

2005 – Tuuka Rask

2006 – Bobby Sanguinetti

2007 – Riley Nash

2008 – Anton Gustafsson

2009 – John Moore

2010 – Riley Sheahan

2011 – Stefan Noesen

Nonis said Gauthier projects as a second but more likely a third line center. If Gauthier pans out, the question will really boil down to – will he be more like a Brian Boyle or Dave Steckel, or a Martin Hanzal or Jordan Staal brand of checking, two-way center?

Dave Bolland Acquisition

After drafting their two-way center of the future, the Leafs moved quickly to bring in their two-way checking center of the present in Dave Bolland.

What the Bolland acquisition does more than anything else is place the Leafs’ centers in their proper roles. Last season the Leafs had Bozak in a prime scoring role, which he isn’t suited for, and Grabovski in a checking role, which he isn’t suited for either. Kadri was in a sheltered scoring role but once he began to emerge the limited roster forced Carlyle to even start pitting Kadri head-to-head against the opposition’s best players.

The Leafs are a little small at center now, but Kadri is physical, Bolland plays with an edge, Grabovski is fearless and McClement actually has decent size at 6’1 and over 200 pounds. They aren’t a big group on paper, but pound for pound they are as tough as anyone.

Yesterday, Nonis gave quite a few mixed signals on Bolland, saying he doesn’t want to pigeonhole him as a third line center but that he’d be fine using the current center group of Kadri-Grabovski-Bolland-McClement for next season, and that this doesn’t affect Bozak’s status because they’d still like to retain him. Unless the Leafs plan on getting rid of Grabovski and resigning Bozak as a checking center, those comments don’t really add up, so I’m not going to take them at face value. At the end of the day, Bolland is best suited as a checking center and in fairness to Nonis he did say Bolland’s “got enough skill that he can play (against) really good players and he’s got enough grit that he can play against really good players.”

In a lot of ways, the Leafs current group of centers is the same formula the Bruins deploy as Kadri is an offensive center (Krejci), Grabovski is a two-way center (Bergeron), and Bolland plus McClement are checking centers (Kelly, Campbell) . This isn’t to say they are as good of a center group, but it’s the same formula.

Bolland’s only 27 and has a lot of hockey left in him, but he’s only played over 80 games once in his five year career. That’s concern. Moreover, he’s a UFA after next season so the Leafs do take on some risk here. They only gave up a second and two fourths, which isn’t a lot for a solid NHL center considering those are hard to find, but it’s going to look bad if Bolland walks for nothing a year from now.

After the playoffs, Leafs management mentioned that certain players didn’t want to be on the ice during the game 7 collapse, essentially shrinking in the moment, and Bolland is a guy who is known for his big-game performances. His Stanley Cup winning goal aside, he also has a Memorial Cup to his name, returned from injury in the playoffs with Chicago down 3-0 against Vancouver and was a major factor in the Hawks pushing the series to 7, and was tied for fifth with 16 points in 22 games when Chicago won the Cup in 2010. He’s a gamer.

Boiled down, the aggregate of the whole deal is that Grabovski is a better scoring center than Bozak and Bolland is more comfortable in a prime shutdown role than Grabovski. The Leafs are coming out ahead here if everything goes according to plan.

The rest of the 2013 draftees

Following the Bolland deal, the Leafs still had a draft to finish off. Next up they selected Carter Verhaeghe in the third round. At 6’1 and roughly 180 pounds, he isn’t a huge guy and he doesn’t play like it. In some ways, this pick reminds me a bit of the Connor Brown selection from last year as Verhaeghe is a player known for hockey sense and skill and he’s going to get a great opportunity to produce in his draft +1. With Ryan Strome graduating this year for Niagara, Verhaeghe should see a spike in offensive opportunities and hopefully that will translate to more points. Stuck behind Strome last season, Carter was forced into checking duties. Now, he’s going to get an opportunity on a team in a transition. He’s also one of the younger players in the draft with an August birthday, so the Leafs are banking on him having a lot more room to grow. Verhaeghe played with Gauthier on the gold medal winning U18 Canadian team and some believe he boosted his stock in the tournament with 4 points in 7 games. It was only a few years ago the Leafs drafted Jerry D’Amigo, albeit much later in the draft, in large part due to a huge U18 tournament.

Toronto went into the draft with few legitimate center prospects other than Greg McKegg and maybe Dominic Toninato. Their other center prospects are two legitimate players in Tony Cameranesi and Ryan Rupert, who are both well under 6 foot so you have to think they are probably wingers at the pro level, and two grinders who have a long road ahead of them if they are to see NHL action ever in Sam Carrick and Andrew Crescenzi.

The Leafs next pick was Fabrice Herzog, who is a player I admittedly know nothing about, so I won’t pretend to. The positives are that he’s coming over from Europe next year according to Morrison, and playing in North America will help his development. Plus, Switzerland has had an emerging program in recent years and hopefully Herzog is apart of that. This seems like another swing for the fences type pick ala Sondre Olden.

In the sixth round, the Leafs selected 6’2 goalie Antoine Bibeau who won the net over this year, played in 46 games and had a .911sv% with five shutouts. Bibeau had a particularly strong second half of the season, going 16-4-2, which brings up memories of when the Leafs selected Josh Leivo after a breakout second half in his draft year.

Finally, the Leafs turned over their last pick to their Swedish scout Thommie Bergman and he selected Andreas Johnson. He’s rolled the dice with late picks almost every draft, and considering the late nature of the picks the results haven’t been half bad (Anton Stralman, Carl Gunnarsson, Daniel Brodin, and Viktor Loov). Johnson had 54 points in 42 games in the Swedish U20 league but is only listed at 5’10.

There’s plenty of offseason left and many more moves to come. The Leafs still have five to six fairly noteworthy RFAs to deal with. So far up to this point, Frattin, Komarov and Scrivens are out; Bernier, Bolland and five draft picks are in.

  • TheColborneUltimatum

    I hope we dont get rid of Colborne. Hopefully he starts the year off with the Leafs. Maybe even gets a few games in with Phil. He’s got some great size.

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ FreddyG

    Excellent breakdown of the day’s events. Thanks Anthony.
    Everyone here would know my name if I posted by my usual, but I needed to switch it up as a shout out to the newest young Leaf.
    I don’t think the center position is settled at Kadri – Grabovski – Bolland – McClement.. I think Nonis has more in store.

    • TheColborneUltimatum

      @FreddyG Same, I’m hoping for Lecavalier. If not maybe Stastny.

  • ProfessorRance

    Thanks Anthony for the Recap of today’s events. 
    We improved in a position we were defintely lacking depth in which is the center position. We still need to sign a winger and find a 1c and 2d. But today we’ve gotten better and tougher to play against. Love the Bolland trade, he’s been one of my favourite non Leaf players to watch so I hope he comes ready to play.
    I still think Nonis is still looking to shake up the roster. Vinny could potentially sign here or Stastny could be an option. I’d wonder if we were to grab one of them if Nashville would look to grab Grabo. He’d be an excellent edition to their team and Trotz would utilize his strengths there nicely. 
    Plus it was interesting to hear how Nonis may have some potential deals in place or at least in the fire about moving out salary. Can’t help but see that as Grabo or Liles being potentially on the move.

    • charlieb83

      I doubt Nashville brings in Grabo to a team that has a Kostitsyn.

  • Glove Dropper

    The more I hear about Gauthier, the more intrigued I am about what unseen potential might be there.  Between a broken jaw and it being his first season in the Q (where he started the year hot offensively and cooled off), curious to see what he’ll do in his +1 year.

  • LeafsForLife

    Great job Anthony! Thank you for the re-cap.
    Looking forward to seeing Bolland in the blue and white this year. He drove the Sedins crazy so should be quite enjoyable to see who he can do this to as a Leaf.

  • Burtonboy

    Gauthier is a really interesting pick to say the least . Heavily recruited by some big name Rimouski alumni namely one Sidney Crosby he decided to play in the Q  last season . One interesting fact I heard last night . If he had of come out in his draft eligible yr he would have gone in the top 3 or 4 players drafted to the Q that year. Right up there with McKinnon and Drouin. Now we all know he’s no Mckinnon or Drouin but he was a player that was highly ranked coming out of AAA.
    I became really interested in this guy when Drouin during one of his combine interviews said Gauthier was the hardest player he played against in the Q. We know he projects to be a 2nd 3rd line 2 way center but there are always hidden gems that turn up from time to time and wind up being excellent players . Who knows what we really have in Gauthier but we will see soon enough. I like the potential of this pick.

    • WendelGilmour

      Burtonboy I heard the same, Bboy. I also heard some comparisons to Jordan Staal, and if that’s what we end up with I’m ecstatic. I really like the kid.

      • Burtonboy

        WendelGilmour Burtonboy What do you think of the Bolland trade ? Iguess the Knights fans on the board are really happy at this point lol

      • Burtonboy

        WendelGilmour Burtonboy What do you think of the Bolland trade ? Iguess the Knights fans on the board are really happy at this point lol

        • WendelGilmour

          Burtonboy WendelGilmour I love the trade. It does two things, imo. It replaces Leo’s role, and allows some flexibility at C. Bolland is a gamer and a very good playoff performer. I think he’s a good fit.
          What are your thoughts?

        • Burtonboy

          WendelGilmour Burtonboy I was interested in Gordon in FA but Bolland is a huge up grade on that. What’s going to be fascinating is what in hell happens with Bozie and Grabo. Just a guess and it probably won’t happen but if they get Bozie to sign for around 4 mil per I can see them cutting ties with Grabo. Either a trade or a buyout . For certain both won’t return. What are the implications for big Joe I wonder?

        • WendelGilmour

          Burtonboy WendelGilmour Interesting that the C position continues to be polarizing. Many are touting Grabs as the 1C, with Bozak leaving. It will be interesting to see how this shakes out and who slots where.
          We had some discussion in here last night about the potential to have Joe play the wing for next year, many teams do that with young C’s. Regardless I would add Joe for next year. I liked what I saw in limited ice in the playoffs, and you know I wasn’t very optimistic about him a year ago. He’s come a long way.

        • Burtonboy

          WendelGilmour Burtonboy I remember Big Joe saying he played a lot of wing in college

      • Great Dane

        WendelGilmour Burtonboy If Gauthier comes out as something between Bergeron and J Staal, if have hit jack pot

  • WendelGilmour

    Sure seems like Nonis is willing to be creative in taking on other teams buyouts, at least that’s my impression;
    “We think there are some more things we hope to do. Whether we accomplish those between and now and September remains to be seen, but we’re going to try to remain active and see if there are more changes we can make. There are a couple of other possible moves that may happen as we get into free agency. Some teams are looking to address certain needs. If they are unable to do that, I think we are in a position to help those teams out.”

    • Burtonboy

      WendelGilmour So NO NO has now become GO GO ?

      • WendelGilmour

        Burtonboy WendelGilmour Haha, maybe he has taken lesson learned from past experience and is applying them? I like the approach. Incremental improvement without losing any core pieces, and keeping our youth.

        • Burtonboy

          WendelGilmour Burtonboy Very impressed with him so far.

  • Savo43

    Yo guys…what about this lineup. (very realistic possibility)

    Lupul-Kadri-Kessel
    JVR-Grabovski-Clarkson
    McClement-Bolland-Kulemin
    D’amigo-Gordon-Orr

    Phaneuf-Gunnarsson
    Gardiner-Franson
    Ference-Blacker

    Bernier/Reimer

    That team has every element necessary to become a contender.

    • WendelGilmour

      Savo43 I like it for the most part, but still would like an upgrade to play with Dion. Although I’m not advocating it, I believe there is a chance Dion does get moved. There’s an awful lot of chatter and it just won’t go away.

    • Burtonboy

      Savo43 Nonis did say he has a couple of Marlies he wants to give a chance to replace Komarov . I’m guessing D’Amigo and Ashton are the ones he’s referring to. I no longer see Gordon as a likely option but I can see Joe Colborne fitting in somewhere

      • Savo43

        Burtonboy Savo43 What do you think of that third line? Personally thats my favourite part of that lineup. So much grit and underrated skill, i love it.

        • Burtonboy

          Savo43 Burtonboy Deadly and a real pain in the ass to play against

        • Savo43

          Burtonboy Savo43 The thing that gets lost in all of this is how offensively effective McClement was last year. No he’s not gonna put up 20, or 15 even, but his drive, determination and speed gets alot of pucks to the net, alot of the times he looked like a Kulemin clone but a little more persistent on the forecheck.

        • WendelGilmour

          Savo43 Burtonboy McC’s contributions are underrated. I think he was a big add. Very smart player, and by all accounts great example with his work ethic.

        • Burtonboy

          Savo43 Burtonboy So dammed versatile. Interesting that Randy had a hardon for McClement and seems to be to have a bigger one for Bolland . We know how Jay worked out so I’m hoping for the same with Bolland

        • Savo43

          BurtonboySavo43http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=so2wTJqydW8

        • Savo43

          BurtonboySavo43http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=so2wTJqydW8

    • Jordan29

      I would rather keep Liles then waste money on ference if we had to buy Liles out. But ya I agree with your lineup

  • Burtonboy

    https://twitter.com/IgorEronko
    https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Dynamo&src=hash announces return of Leo Komarov, 2-year contract https://twitter.com/search?q=%23KHL&src=hash https://twitter.com/search?q=%23MapleLeafs&src=hash

    • WendelGilmour

      Burtonboy It seems by his tweets he had personal reasons for going back. Maybe there’s more to it than money?

      • Burtonboy

        WendelGilmour Burtonboy It all about money for the most part I think . He’s getting big bucks over there and we don’t really know what his financial situation is . He may need the cash for some reason

        • Bobsyouruncle

          Burtonboy WendelGilmour Not hard to understand the desire for an extra million in your pocket.  : )

        • Burtonboy

          Bobsyouruncle Burtonboy WendelGilmour Ask yourself what you would do in that situation . No brainer lol

  • Savo43

    Would Colborne go to waste on the 4th line?

    • Burtonboy

      Savo43 Forget line numbers and think Minutes. I’ld like to see Joe worked in with sheltered minutes like he did with Kadri last yr

      • Savo43

        Burtonboy Savo43 Agreed. In certain situations, what exactly would stop Carlyle from double shifting one of Kessel, JVR, Lupul, or Kulemin with D’amigo-Colborne as well, to give them some offensive minutes? I mean, Orr is only expected 5-8 minutes a night.

        • Burtonboy

          Savo43 Burtonboy Carlyle did alot of that with the Ducks . Ryan and Perry would take extra shifts on the 4th line

        • Savo43

          Burtonboy Savo43 Shit…this team is legit just one forward and 1 D piece away from being a serious contender..One of them apparently wants to come here (Clarkson), and the other can be addressed in free agency this year (imo anyway), with Ference. I’m of the opinion that Gunnar is still getting better, and being healthy won’t hurt him next year in that regard. Is he the perfect D partner for Phaneuf? Maybe, maybe not, but I certainly think he can do the job well.

        • Burtonboy

          Savo43 Burtonboy Maybe one of Blacker or Granberg solve the d problem for us

      • Savo43

        Lupul-Kadri-Kessel
        JVR-Grabovski-Clarkson
        McClement-Bolland-Kulemin
        D’amigo-Colborne-Orr/ or x2 shift- Kessel/Lupul/Clarkson/Kulemin

        • Great Dane

          Savo43 That could work very well. An upgrade on Grabo and this the Leafs is a team that you would have to consider going very far into the play-offs

    • WendelGilmour

      Savo43 Interesting question. Depending on any other incoming players, maybe he plays on the 3rd? I’m normally a believer in slotting players to their strengths, but playing 4th line for a year or two certainly didn’t hurt Gilmour.;)

  • Zep2

    http://www.thestar.com/sports/leafs/2013/06/30/maple_leafs_get_players_prospects_and_a_new_approach_cox.html
    Morning everyone, good article by Cox

    • Savo43

      Zep2 Solid article. Wouldve been nice if he spelt Bollands name right in the title though lolll.

  • Snots

    Dear  Chiarelli, 
     only gonna offer this once, take it or leave it
     Grabovski, D’Amigo and 2015 2nd Pick for Seguin 
     signed, Dave N.

    • Knights2Leafs

      Snots 
      They’re dumping Sequins because they can’t afford his lazy ass efforts and they need cap room, but not for Grabo.

      • Dink

        Knights2Leafs Snots Team and Mgt are sick of his social life mostly, not that fond of Marchands either.

    • Dink

      Snots Funny… the Boston Announcers were always nervous when Grabovski entered the zone

  • peterbleafs

    1C sb Kadri
    2C sb Bolland
    3C sb Colborne
    4C sb McClement
    Trade C sb Grabovski

    • Knights2Leafs

      peterbleafs 
      This would not surprise me in the least.

  • Dink

    lol 
    Bruins radio annonucers are soooooo praising Kessel this morning, saying behind Kane he was second best player they faced in playoffs !!

    • Burtonboy

      @Dink Thank you Kessel lol

  • Dink

    lol 
    Bruins radio annonucers are soooooo praising Kessel this morning, saying behind Kane he was second best player they faced in playoffs !!

  • Burtonboy

    https://twitter.com/bobraeMPhttps://twitter.com/bobraeMP/status/351667626168168449
    Remembering brave Newfoundlanders who died at Beamont Hamel, July 1 1916, Battle of the Somme. http://t.co/uLZxFwk9d1

    700 hundred went over the top and only 60 returned

  • Burtonboy

    https://twitter.com/bobraeMP
    Remembering brave Newfoundlanders who died at Beamont Hamel, July 1 1916, Battle of the Somme. http://t.co/uLZxFwk9d1

    Almost 800 went over the top and only 68 answered role call the next morning

  • Savo43

    So if we buy out Liles and Komisarek..their numbers basically equate to
    the amount of dollars we need to reallocate towards Bolland and
    Clarkson.

    • lister

      Savo43 Buyout Liles but see if a NYI buyout deal is possible. A buyout for Komi is a waste. Trade him for a bag of pucks to a team that needs the cap hit but less salary.

      • MaxwellHowe

        I still see the buyout deal as a remote possibility. Leafs haven’t yet made a move on Komi and the Isles have been equally quiet with Dipietro – it’s inconceivable that NYI eats that contract whole til 2021, so why no announcement?

        • Burtonboy

          MaxwellHowe Because they likely won’t give Nonis what he wants for taking on that buyout

        • Loric76

          MaxwellHowe It’s Wang – he may keep DiPietro out of spite, and out of belief that he can still make a comeback lol

        • MaxwellHowe

          But I think they’re talking, so hope remains

        • lister

          MaxwellHowe For the Leafs there’s no hurry for the second buyout. Use it next year. Wait out NYI.

  • MaxwellHowe

    The Leafs may be ready to cut bait on Bozak and Grabo. I think Colborne gets a chance this year, Grabo gets traded for an over paid dman who the Leafs will try to rehab

    • Savo43

      MaxwellHowe Not sure brother, i think the Leafs might believe in Grabovski’s ability to rebound playing with JVR all season (and perhaps Clarkson). Personally i agree. Two big bodies is exactly what Grabovski needs on his line to crash the net.

      • MaxwellHowe

        Imagine Colborne with JVR & Clarkson

        • Savo43

          MaxwellHowe Not much speed there tbh bro.

        • MaxwellHowe

          Lotsa wingspan and forechecking chaos

      • WendelGilmour

        Savo43 MaxwellHowe I think it’s 50-50 for wither scenario. Interesting few days ahead.

        • WendelGilmour

          Savo43 MaxwellHowe Either.

      • peterbleafs

        Savo43 MaxwellHowe Grabovski to NJ for their 2nd, 3rd round pick next year.  Then Grabo can spend the year racking up points beside Kovalchuk.

        • Savo43

          peterbleafs Savo43 MaxwellHowe No offense but i hate that idea lollll.

        • peterbleafs

          Savo43 peterbleafs MaxwellHowe Maybe, and lots will but dump the guy.  He should have been traded right after his good year.  Anyways, its not my call so whatever Nonis does Im good with.  Nonis did very well yesterday in snagging Bolland for nothing.

        • Loric76

          peterbleafs Savo43 MaxwellHowe NJ’s already losing their 1st and don’t have a 4th next year, their first selection wouldn’t be until after pick 150 lol

        • peterbleafs

          Loric76 peterbleafs Savo43 MaxwellHowe wow sucks to be them!

    • Jordan29

      Highly unlikely. One of them HAS to be back. By the sounds of it Nonis wants Bozak back so he’s either gonna buyout Grabo or move him to the wing. I would rather try him on the wing and keep out buyouts to be honest

      • MaxwellHowe

        Saving buyouts is why I suggest trading Grabo for an overpaid but useful defenseman like wisneski or volchenkov

    • The_Polish_Cannon

      I doubt they get rid of Bozak and Grabo. If Colborne is given a spot on the team right now than we have no depth to call up in the event of injuries. Seeing as how an injury with Bolland is probable it’s good to have Colborne start the year of with the marlies. He’ll have his chance and than hopefully we can have Colborne up next year and not need to have Bolland re signed. I’d like to see Grabo stay but for cap purposes I think Nonis will keep Bozak over him only if he can sign him for a reasonable price at 3.5 or 4.

      • WendelGilmour

        The_Polish_Cannon So far Nonis is staying focused on building for long term success. He seems to want to make room for a couple of Marlies again. Between that, and adding Bolland, and Bernier, and possibly another FA or trade, I like his approach.
        I guess it depends on whether he feels we can improve on Bozak and Grabs. Personally I’m ok with both leaving.

  • Burtonboy

    From the sounds of what Dreger is saying the Leafs are really really interested in Clarkson. Hope he’s right for a change ( at a decent price of course )

    • peterbleafs

      Interesting week :)

  • Loric76

    https://twitter.com/RealBillWattershttps://twitter.com/RealBillWatters/status/351675628333965313
    Happy Canada Day to all My
    followers.Special day for Dave Bolland,he’s coming home.Mike Gillis is as well,he just is not aware of it yet.

  • bermudaboy

    Bolland may have some offensive upside if he gets more ice with Leafs than with Hawks….282 points in 190 games in last three seasons with London Knights including 57-73-130 in final junior season…..

    • peterbleafs

      bermudaboy I watched Bolland on the Knights with London.  He was a pure offensive guy playing alongside Kane.  Put him in an offensive role and he will do just fine.

    • Knights2Leafs

      bermudaboy 
      In 2006, the year after they won the Memorial Cup, after losing a number of players, Bolland led the Knights to the OHL finals where they lost to a big, strong Jordan Staal led Peterborough team.

  • The_Polish_Cannon

    Lol they traded niño for clutterbuck, I think it’s safe to say anything can happen.

    • peterbleafs

      The_Polish_Cannon The goofiest looking group that went up to the podium was the NYI team.  What a rag tag bunch of misfits.

    • peterbleafs

      I take that back, they were the second goofiest, the goofiest was that San Jose guys combover.  Wow.

      • Tommy Cat

        peterbleafs Some pretty sexy moms in attendance.  Real Housewives of fill in the blank.  Minor sports in todays society is for the upper middle class plus.  With camps, travel, fees, equipment a lot of parents simply can’t afford it.  Their kids get left behing in a hurry when Richie Rich is skating every day in this power skating camp etc etc etc

        • MaxwellHowe

          Dealing with this, making hockey accessible to all should be the focus of Hockey Canada

        • Tommy Cat

          MaxwellHowe Hockey is accessible to all (most) but money to pay for all the extra high end coaching, power skating, etc seperates the well to do from the rest over time.  Even if little Johnnie is a better player than Richie Rich.  Coaches picking teams and running private camps of their own etc.

  • 4evrblue

    TheCanucksnaphook I think it’s gonna be a quiet one again this year :)

    • Burtonboy

      4evrblue TheCanucksnaphook I don’t think so . Nonis has cash and not many others do. This could get real interesting

      • 4evrblue

        What are your expectations?

      • Burtonboy

        4evrblue Clarkson for one . Who knows what else  will be available as teams start trying to straighten out their cap situations

      • 4evrblue

        Burtonboy 4evrblue Still not sold on Clarkson.

      • Burtonboy

        4evrblue Burtonboy Sure sounds like the Leafs are really interested

      • 4evrblue

        Burtonboy 4evrblue they were interested in Komi also, doesn’t make it right lol

      • Burtonboy

        4evrblue Burtonboy Valid point . Mistakes happen and sometimes big ones

      • 4evrblue

        Burtonboy 4evrblue have to hope for the best if he does get signed.

      • WendelGilmour

        4evrblue Burtonboy Ouch. Clarkson would seem to be a RC type guy. I just wouldn’t expect him to come and be a saviour. Just another step in improving by making us tougher to play against.

      • 4evrblue

        WendelGilmour 4evrblue Burtonboy If we hand him the money ppl seem to think it will take he better take us further than a step in the right direction. He should drive us a mile in the right direction. The cap only allows for so many big contracts, we’ve seen one wasted on Komi for years, Grabo could become the next if he doesn’t bounce back (for the record I think he will) and Clarkson, IMO, could become an overpaid commodity pretty quickly.

      • WendelGilmour

        4evrblue WendelGilmour Burtonboy No argument from me, it has to be at the right dollar amount. I wouldn’t pay him huge money either.

      • WendelGilmour

        4evrblue WendelGilmour Burtonboy No argument from me, it has to be at the right dollar amount. I wouldn’t pay him huge money either.

  • Glove Dropper

    Anyone know what the deadline is to become cap compliant?  Is it the start of the season?  Sometime in the summer?
    Just wondering what Nonis’ strategy is for getting through free agency and signing the guys he likes.  Is there a kind of cap cash flow that has to be managed?

    • Burtonboy

      Glove Dropper Opening day of the season

      • Burtonboy

        Glove Dropper I think lol

    • MaxwellHowe

      But buyouts have to be finalized by Friday so Nonis has big decisions to make

  • Loric76

    anybody think something will happen today?

    • peterbleafs

      Loric76 Nothing will happen today.

    • Tommy Cat

      Loric76 Buyouts and fall out have to get done first.  Then you’ll see some trades.

    • Loric76

      -Keon- my busiest day this week, perfect lol

    • Loric76

      -Keon- my busiest day this week, perfect lol

  • 4evrblue

    TheCanucksnaphook Happy Canada Day Phook

    • Tommy Cat

      4evrblue TheCanucksnaphook Battle of BH

  • mcloki

    Happy Canada Day everyone. TAke the time to truly enjoy and appreciate living in the best country in the world.

    • WendelGilmour

      mcloki Same to you, mc. Would be kinda nice for the sun to make an appearance sometime this weekend though.

  • http://stores.ebay.ca/UncleJakesCards?_rdc=1 unclejakescards

    TheCanucksnaphook mornin , thought he had to wait til july 5th ??

    • 4evrblue

      unclejakescards TheCanucksnaphook yeah he does. I think he could agree to something in principal but it wouldn’t be official until the 5th but I’m not too sure about that.

      • Loric76

        4evrblue unclejakescards TheCanucksnaphook even if he does decide they’ll wait until the 5th and draw out the side show.

      • JMAC17

        Loric76 4evrblue unclejakescards TheCanucksnaphook Might end up being like the NBA…they announce stuff before they can officially sign all the time….maybe we get some solid reports today?

  • Burtonboy

    TheCanucksnaphook Honestly phook unless he’s interested in a short term contract I don’t see the Leafs all that interested . Everything Nonis is doing seems to be in a certain age range and Vinny is not in that mold.

    • maple1967leafs

      Yeah Nonis mentions” fitting in our age group” in a lot of interviews

    • Loric76

      Burtonboy TheCanucksnaphook hey this group needs babysitters, err I mean mentors lol

  • Burtonboy

    TheCanucksnaphook Honestly phook unless he’s interested in a short term contract I don’t see the Leafs all that interested . Everything Nonis is doing seems to be in a certain age range and Vinny is not in that mold.

  • http://stores.ebay.ca/UncleJakesCards?_rdc=1 unclejakescards

    good mornin happy leafers , happy canada day eh !!!!

  • Jordan29

    Right now I’m pretty sure we ware getting Bozak back and signing Clarkson. So let’s think what’s gonna happen if that’s true. I really think Grabo as a winger is a great idea to keep him and try to redeem himself and to keep our centre depth. -Lupul-Kadri-Kessel JVR-BOZAK-GRABOVSKI Kulemin-Bolland-Clarkson Orr-Mcclement-Colborne Phaneuf-Liles (or upgrade)Gardiner-FransonGunnarsson-Blacker/Fraser-BernierReimer

    • WendelGilmour

      Jordan29 You may well be right, who knows? But, imo, keeping both is holding back a couple of kids who would be here long term, while I don’t see either Bozak or Grabs as core pieces going forward.

      • JMAC17

        WendelGilmour Jordan29 What kids would that hold up?  Are there any that can out play Grabs or Clarkson for a spot?  Not sure we have anyone ready to go.
        I like Colborne to make the team though

        • WendelGilmour

          JMAC17 WendelGilmour Jordan29 Colborne specifically, unless he moves to wing for a bit.

        • JMAC17

          WendelGilmour JMAC17 Jordan29 Jordan had him at 4th line Wing….good spot…can bang, add some skill to our 4th line…take draws when McC gets waived out…and move up the line up with injuries.
          Other than him though, we have no one else that should be penciled into our line up

        • 4evrblue

          JMAC17 WendelGilmour Jordan29 D’Amigo should get a shot IMO

        • Dink

          4evrblue JMAC17 WendelGilmour Jordan29 who? lol

        • Dink

          4evrblue JMAC17 WendelGilmour Jordan29 who? lol

        • WendelGilmour

          JMAC17 WendelGilmour Jordan29 Yeah, I missed that. I do still believe keeping both is just more of the same though.

        • JMAC17

          4evrblue JMAC17 WendelGilmour Jordan29 Get a shot in camp for sure, but if we want to beat the BOS’s and the CHI’s we cant make roster moves now to allow for a rookie to have a spot on the team.
          If he outplays someone and does it consistently then we move someone…but we need more skill and experience throughout our lineup.  I want a pissed off and motivated Grabs on my team.

        • WendelGilmour

          JMAC17 4evrblue WendelGilmour Jordan29 Fair enough, I just see the goal as being a threat in a couple of years, hence my wish to add kids like Colborne now.

        • 4evrblue

          WendelGilmour JMAC17 4evrblue Jordan29 I just think it’s time to see what we have in these guys. Joe, Jerry, and Carter especially. They’re at the age now where they should be pushing for spots.

        • WendelGilmour

          4evrblue WendelGilmour JMAC17 Jordan29 Agreed. Last year we saw what we had in Kadri, Gards (when he arrived), and Franson. Time to see what a couple of the others can bring, imo.

      • Jordan29

        I don’t either but right now they are not keeping a job and if they are next year then BAM buyout

  • Zep2

    I didnt see the so called magic Brodeur moment. The kid was passed over hundreds of times by GMs looking to improve their team. He got picked as a favour to the family. A more deserving player got passed over 
    Can you spel N.E.P.O.T.I.S.M.

    • 4evrblue

      TheCanucksnaphook Zep2 I did also. Good move for the fans and if you ask me it’s not a bad idea to throw a 7th round pick at Martys son….. it could work out in the end

      • MaxwellHowe

        I’d feel like shit if I was that kid

      • 4evrblue

        MaxwellHowe I think it would feel good to get drafted by your favourite team no matter the circumstances

      • JMAC17

        4evrblue TheCanucksnaphook Zep2 Was a great moment…didnt see the interview after…but I noticed a lot of the interviews were like that…the Leafs was about trades…and the Canucks was the worst all about Scheider and Lou….gotta stay focused on the kids.

      • 4evrblue

        JMAC174evrblueTheCanucksnaphookZep2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjJi-rg8PQA

      • MaxwellHowe

        I must have daddy issues, I thought it was humiliating

      • JMAC17

        4evrblue JMAC17 TheCanucksnaphook Zep2 Thanks…yeah that dragged on a bit, but I didnt think the quesitons were to bad.
        It was Marty’s response to how hard did that work for a 7th Rounder!

      • Zep2

        MaxwellHowe Exactly , he did it all on his own. RIGHT

  • MaxwellHowe

    Most pitiful sight yesterday was Martin Broduer selecting his son on behalf of NJ, then doing that awkward interview with TSN where all questions were for senior. Kid looked like he felt 3 feet tall

  • Loric76

    https://twitter.com/Real_ESPNLeBrunhttps://twitter.com/Real_ESPNLeBrun/status/351681521985404928
    The Sabres remain intent on moving Ryan Miller but whether it happens this summer or at trade deadline next season remains to be seen…

    • Loric76

      TheCanucksnaphook Loric76 Agreed

      • 4evrblue

        Loric76 TheCanucksnaphook doubly agreed

  • Dink

    How about trading Grabovski and keeping Bozak?   just a thought

    • 4evrblue

      @Dink how about keeping both? The only knock I would have on our centres WITHOUT Bozak is there really isn’t anybody to trust to take key faceoffs. Bolland, unless I’m mistaken, has never been above 50%

      • Dink

        4evrblue yes keep both !!!!! lol

    • 4evrblue

      @Dink how about keeping both? The only knock I would have on our centres WITHOUT Bozak is there really isn’t anybody to trust to take key faceoffs. Bolland, unless I’m mistaken, has never been above 50%

    • Dink

      TheCanucksnaphook Always thought Bozak forced a few passes to Kessel but he is not all bad

      • 4evrblue

        @Dink TheCanucksnaphook more than a few

      • WendelGilmour

        @Dink TheCanucksnaphook He didn’t have one single, solitary primary assist on any JVR goals. None. Pretty condemning stat.

      • Loric76

        WendelGilmour TheCanucksnaphook not his fault JVR can’t score 😛

      • WendelGilmour

        TheCanucksnaphook WendelGilmour Yep.

      • Loric76

        WendelGilmour TheCanucksnaphook trade JVR!

      • 4evrblue

        Loric76 WendelGilmour TheCanucksnaphook silly Loric….. who would take that bum!?!?!

      • Loric76

        4evrblue Loric76 WendelGilmour TheCanucksnaphook lol

      • WendelGilmour

        Loric76 WendelGilmour TheCanucksnaphook Haha, oviously he can’t keep up to Bozak;)

    • Bobsyouruncle

      @Dink How about Bozak breaks a leg, doesn’t get resigned, and we never hear this kind of talk again. : )

      • Dink

        Bobsyouruncle hahaha

      • MaxwellHowe

        That’s some aggressive passive aggressive there bro

      • Jordan29

        Your gonna be pissed when he’s resigned lol. No is sounded like he really wanted him back even after the Holland deal

        • Jordan29

          Bolland

    • Jay_Berg

      Keep neither.
      Trade for Stastny.

  • Mind Bomb

    Good morning Folks, hows everyone today ? Me I feel somewhat balanced, Almost * Centered *

    :)

    • Loric76

      Mind Bomb I like the imbalanced Mind Bomb better

      • Loric76

        Mind Bomb unbalanced*.  bah.
        Morning tho :)

      • Mind Bomb

        Loric76 Mind Bomb Hahhahah, dont worry Vacations over tommorrow, back to real MB lol

    • 4evrblue

      Mind Bomb Mornin MB. Happy Canada Day

      • Mind Bomb

        4evrblue Mind Bomb HAppy Canada day Blue

    • WendelGilmour

      Mind Bomb Morning, MB.

      • Mind Bomb

        WendelGilmour Mind Bomb Morning WG

    • mcloki

      Mind Bomb Morning MB. Still soaking it in. Love the Bolland pickup. OUr draft was Ok. But I don’t expect to talk about those guys till 2018. Free agency will be interesting. We’re good in net, we’re good on bottom 6. D needs one position upgraded which could be difficult and we still are looking at center. Overall we’re good. Getting excited for the season to start already.

      • Mind Bomb

        mcloki Mind Bomb  Aye Bro, I dont think any of the Draft picks will be ready for years. But I like the Bolland add, at not a bad cost.
        Goaltending Upgrade, Check
        Center Depth : Check !
        Cheerleaders : Che, hmm wait, we have been ripped off !
        Happy Canada day

  • Glove Dropper

    I think we all need to take a deep breath on Grabo.  He had a crappy lockout shortened season.  A crappy 48 games that were preceded by a couple of really good well rounded seasons.  Maybe it’s just the contract, but a year ago everyone was wanting him to father their children!

    • 4evrblue

      Glove Dropper I have a confession to make……. I didn’t just WANT him to father my children……. I allowed it to happen :(

      • MaxwellHowe

        So your kids might get knocked around and fall about, but they’ll never stay down and cry

        • Loric76

          MaxwellHowe plus they’ll constantly be falling over for no apparent reason

      • Glove Dropper

        4evrblue Glove Dropper You’re a beauty, my friend.  Don’t give up that genetic makeup for anything.

      • Mind Bomb

        4evrblue Glove Dropper  hhaha Your my Boy Blue, Thats funny A couple little grabo children ping ponging off coffee tables and couches falling down all through the house, yet always getting up :)

        • 4evrblue

          Mind Bomb 4evrblue Glove Dropper I stapled swiffer pads to their shoes….. might as well help the missus with the housework right? lol

    • peterbleafs

      Glove Dropper Not me I wanted him traded long ago.  I also wanted Kulemin traded immediately after his 30G season.  If Grabo stays I am okay with it, because he works so hard…if he moves I like that as well because then Colborne gets full time minutes.

  • B_Leaf

    A little perspective.
    Who is going to win face-offs? Bolland is not strong on the draw. I believe Nonis when he says they want to bring back Bozak, when he says that he understands what the cost is. I still say Bozak will be back. Regarding Grabovski I think everyone needs to stop and think for a few seconds. Sometimes really good players have a bad year. Yesterday Nonis explained to the media that there were several reasons he had a bad year including health. Nonis isn’t one to make excuses. He also pointed out that he felt Grabovski was getting back to himself in the playoffs. Now look guys, a healthy Grabovski (circa 2011) is a very valuable player on any team in this league. He is normally an excellent defensive centre who controls the ice and contributes valuable offense with the ability to make plays or score goals. He also brings the intangible of outstanding courage, a great engine, and draws penalties. For two or three years he led the NHL in Rel Corsi etc. I know that Nonis sees that value too much to give up on it after one off year when there are apparent reasons for it. I think Grabovski stays.
    So then what do you do if you have Bolland, Bozak, Kadri, Grabovski, and McClement? You move McClement to the wing, and maybe Bolland can play the wing too…he is poor on draws. The Leafs owe it to Grabovski and themselves to see if this excellent player can turn it around. They need to give it one more year…if nothing changes well we already have it covered.

    • MaxwellHowe

      So we basically shut out the prospects on the Marlies? No sale. Get a good face off instructor and see if other GMs share your esteem of Grabo

    • Anthony Petrielli

      B_Leaf McClement will rebound in the circle and Grabovski is underrated strong. Kadri will get better overtime because he’s too talented to suck at the dot for life. Not really worried about faceoffs to be honest. If it comes to it, acquiring a faceoff specialist costs nothing.

  • http://stores.ebay.ca/UncleJakesCards?_rdc=1 unclejakescards

    dam , tryin to care for 8 4 week old puppies is fuckin death defying…….

    • http://stores.ebay.ca/UncleJakesCards?_rdc=1 unclejakescards

      -Keon- jack russell/chouihiua

      • http://stores.ebay.ca/UncleJakesCards?_rdc=1 unclejakescards

        -Keon- haha, ive had a jack russell male for while , love my dog …… then we saved a jack russell chouiahia mix ….. they said she was fixed …….. ooooopppssssss , wrong ……..

      • Dink

        -Keon- don’t say, I like chinese food

      • 4evrblue

        @Dink pretty nasty comment

      • http://stores.ebay.ca/UncleJakesCards?_rdc=1 unclejakescards

        -Keon- i like big dogs too , had a great dane when i was younger , but the wife dont ……..

      • 4evrblue

        unclejakescards -Keon- Black Labs have always been my dog of choice. Have the in-laws two beagle mix mutts living with us now though. Hyperactive little bastards lol

      • Dink

        4evrblue unclejakescards -Keon- I got a Boston Terrier, shes a keeper

      • http://stores.ebay.ca/UncleJakesCards?_rdc=1 unclejakescards

        4evrblue unclejakescards -Keon- haha, nothin compared to a jack russell tho , thats why i love them tho ….. teaching mine to swim under water next……..

      • 4evrblue

        unclejakescards 4evrblue -Keon- I had a part Jack Russell, part Beagle once. It was dumb and energetic, destroyed my house. When I broke up with the ex I gave him to her….. she called 2 weeks later to see if I would take him back so I hung up on her and have never heard back since lol

      • http://stores.ebay.ca/UncleJakesCards?_rdc=1 unclejakescards

        4evrblue unclejakescards -Keon- haha, mines to smart for his own good ….

      • Komas Taberle

        unclejakescards 4evrblue -Keon- I had a Jack Russell for almost 19 years, the best and smartest dog I have ever owned, very fond memories of him, brilliant dog!

  • http://stores.ebay.ca/UncleJakesCards?_rdc=1 unclejakescards

    my thoughts today are , nothing will happen today , but more talk of course . but tomorrow, things will start to change . nonis didnt leave roster spots open and lots of cap space for nothin ………. there more to come …….

    • Dink

      unclejakescards I can’t see a lot of cap space myself, only got 12 guys signed ffs

      • http://stores.ebay.ca/UncleJakesCards?_rdc=1 unclejakescards

        @Dink unclejakescards ya, there is , if anyone added , others will be moved out …. grabbo,liles,gunnar,komi….. thers lots if they need it.

      • Glove Dropper

        @Dink unclejakescards agreed.  It’s not going to be that easy to move big contracts.  Especially if Nono wants to save a buyout.  If he goes on a spending spree on Jul 5, there’s going to be a serious squeeze on to sign our RFAs.

    • http://stores.ebay.ca/UncleJakesCards?_rdc=1 unclejakescards

      TheCanucksnaphook unclejakescards i know eh , like, were waiting eh….

  • Dink

    Wonder how many GM’s haven’t even left for home yet

  • Area49th

    Happy Canada Day folks

  • Nozak

    -Keon-
     “Our coaching staff isn’t one that hands minutes out; you have to earn them.”
    Unless your name is Bozak

    • 4evrblue

      @Nozak -Keon- Ouch!!! lol

    • Loric76

      @Nozak -Keon- lol like the name

    • WendelGilmour

      @Nozak -Keon- Haha, nice handle.

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    Happy Canada Day MLHS, hope all you beauties are enjoying yourselves

  • Aaron Chan

    Good morning gents! I was away yesterday for some farewell events so I didn’t get a chance to follow the real-time reactions to the draft or the Bolland trade. What are your feelings on what transpired yesterday?

    • Cameron19

      Aaron Chan Disappointing.

      • Aaron Chan

        Cameron19 Aaron Chan @Dink Were you guys disappointed with the pick AND  Bolland, or just the pick/trade?

        • Dink

          Aaron Chan Cameron19 just the pick 
          I think it should have been used to trade for a player for this season…
          I like Bolland but he is UFA after one year so thats a concern

        • 4evrblue

          @Dink Aaron Chan Cameron19 he’ll resign, he’s a hometown boy that sounds really excited to be coming home to play

        • Loric76

          Aaron Chan Cameron19 you’ll have to forgive Cam, he’s not a Bolland fan.

        • Cameron19

          Aaron Chan Cameron19 

          Just in general, it was very underwhelming.  There’s nothing wrong with Gauthier, I think he’s a good pick.  But, he’s a big time project player.  We won’t see him for 5 years now, and even then, that may be in the same capacity as we currently see Joe Colborne.

          I would like to know what Nonis had on the table for the pick.  It looked like he had a deal with St.Louis and Detroit for the pick if Gauthier was taken at 20.  I thought all along the pick should have been moved for someone who could help us now.

          There’s nothing wrong with Bolland either, but it’s disappointing that it sounds like he’s our big center acquisition. I think he’s probably one of the most over-rated players in the league.  He puts up weaker numbers than Bozak, but is in an equally comfy position, surrounded by Hossa, Sharp, Kane and Saad.  Hard to get excited about.

        • Knights2Leafs

          Loric76
          Why – he’s way better than Bozak and if we’re going to throw $4M at a non 1C I’d rather see it go to Bolland than Bozak.

        • The_Polish_Cannon

          I didn’t know JFJ followed this site…

        • Knights2Leafs

          Cameron19
          You mean Saad, the rookie.  Ya, that’s like Bozak playing with the likes of Kessel, Lupul and JVR.

        • Knights2Leafs

          Cameron19
          You mean Saad, the rookie.  Ya, that’s like Bozak playing with the likes of Kessel, Lupul and JVR.

        • Cameron19

          Knights2Leafs Cameron19 He was a very, very good rookie, so that’s misleading.  Saad mostly played with Toews anyways.  His most common wingers were Sharp, Kane and Hossa.  I can’t imagine a winger situation in the league that would be MORE like Bozak’s.

        • Dink

          Knights2Leafs Cameron19 I don’t care either way really but Bozak did what he could and thats all ya can ask

        • Knights2Leafs

          @Dink
          Agreed, but Bolland is playing for way less than the $5M+ that Bozak is asking for.  Next year, we’ll see.  If he ends up in a bigger role on the Leafs, he may be motivated to play here again.

        • Dink

          Knights2Leafs Bozak will not get that now

        • Aaron Chan

          Cameron19 Aaron Chan Interesting points but I’m wondering where you got the impression that Bolland is our big center acquisition. I certainly feel like Nonis hinted at that at all.

        • Aaron Chan

          Cameron19 Aaron Chan didn’t*

        • Cameron19

          Aaron Chan Cameron19 Said he would now be happy entering the season with that group.  That’s usually the signal to us fans that this is the beset we could do. Last year, the same was said after the McClement signing.

        • Knights2Leafs

          Cameron19
          This is absolute bullshit Cam.  To try and suggest that Chicago’s 3C had wingers anywhere close to what Bozak is a farce, so just stop it right now.

        • Dink

          Aaron Chan Cameron19 We will know a lot in a week, if he can get a center its gonna shake up the accounting firm..lol

        • Loric76

          Cameron19 Aaron Chan someone posted some stats yesterday showing how over the past three seasons Bolland had higher ppg on the 3rd line than Bozak did on the first.

        • Aaron Chan

          Cameron19 Aaron Chan Fair enough, but would you then say that McClement was our “big center acquisition” last year?

        • Cameron19

          Knights2Leafs Cameron19 He hasn’t been Chicago’s 3C for 2 years now.  They moved him up to 2C a long time ago, because Sharp hates playing center. Their their 3rd line this year was Bickell/Shaw/Stalberg. His most common linemates were Sharp, Kane and Hossa.

        • Cameron19

          Aaron Chan Cameron19 Yes.

        • Loric76

          Cameron19 Knights2Leafs lol you’re so full of shit sometimes Cam.  Have a good long weekend.

        • Cameron19

          Loric76 Cameron19 Knights2Leafs 

          Don’t shoot the messenger.

        • hoogy

          Cameron19 Aaron Chan It sure sounds like this year’s centers will be Grabovski, Kadri, Bolland and McClement. That is not a big group, but Bolland is like a draft pick and he has already experienced 2 cup runs, he plays real big in big games. For the rest a good crop with great upside for the farm to work on.

        • Cameron19

          -Keon- Hey, I hope you’re right.

        • Cameron19

          -Keon- Doesn’t mean he’ll make it faster, but like I said, I hope you’re right.  Would be glad to be wrong about this one.

        • daniel marois

          Cameron19 -Keon- 
          Yeah.  I think they might have taken Mantha if he was available.  But I hope passing on Hunter was due to falling so far down because of other issues in his play.

        • Cameron19

          I know, blasphemy, but I didnt want Shinkaruk, either.

    • WendelGilmour

      Aaron Chan Love the deal, and I’m quite content with Gauthier.

    • Dink

      Aaron Chan I think our pick is wasted

      • Dink

        Aaron Chan was wasted not is ..lol

    • Knights2Leafs

      Aaron Chan 
      Draft is only disappointing because of where we drafted, but it wasn’t bad.  We’ll see 4 years from now.
      The Bolland deal was really top rate ….. and I think it seals the deal on Bozak.  We can’t afford both Bozak and Grabbo; and it sounds like Nonis is keeping Grabbo around to see if he gets his game (health?) back.

      • Aaron Chan

        Knights2Leafs Aaron Chan My thoughts exactly on what the Bolland signing does to the negotiation dynamics between Nonis and Bozak. My thinking is that Noniz reduced some of the leverage Bozak has by not seeming as desperate at C now.

    • Area49th

      Aaron Chan a guy who knows what it takes to win. We need that, especially after our 3rd period collapse

      • Aaron Chan

        Area49th Aaron Chan Definitely don’t deny the winning mentality that he brings to the Leafs.

        • Cameron19

          Aaron Chan Area49th That’s probably the silver lining for me.  Bringing in Bernier, who watched his team win the Cup, now Bolland, who is a 2 time winner, and probably Clarkson, who made it to the Finals last year. We are adding experience without adding old men.

    • Mind Bomb

      Aaron Chan Morning Aaron B+ . Loved the Bolland pick-up, especially for Cost, I have to think a Few GM’s were flat footed on this, everyone needs centers.  ( A )

       Gauthier I believe will play in the NHL, and that is good because its never certain, But he has all the tools, seen him play this year only one game though. Still looked good. Problem is for him to become a legit 2C is winning a lottery.  But a Big two way Center is still pretty good, so a ( B) as they did not acquire Elite Talent

      • Aaron Chan

        Mind Bomb Aaron Chan Morning MB. I find it interesting that the Leafs are always there to pick up players when Chicago shed them after winning the Stanley Cup. Hopefully Bolland can find a productive niche within our roster.
        As far as the Gauthier pick, I’m not as knowledgeable about prospects but it seems like people are content, but also realistic.

        • Knights2Leafs

          Aaron Chan
          The only problem is he’s no Versteeg. : )

        • Mind Bomb

          Aaron Chan Mind Bomb  Yep and LA wins and we go get a goalie from them. Its a pretty good Strategy, Look at teams that won, and go get their players lol. 
          To be Honest I was a little Dis-appointed with the Gauthier Pick as I really wanted us to trade up for a Center ( Horvat ) . I though about it over night, remember the game I watched and becaame Comfortable with the Pick, now finding out today it also pissed of Mtl and some of the Fans, well thats a nice Bonus

        • Cameron19

          Knights2Leafs Aaron Chan It is heartening that he is from Ontario and seems to be excited about this, but Versteeg said all the right things, too.

  • Area49th

    Yesterday was not a bad draft, we did not trade away our assets and get rid of good young players, looks like a wake up call to the plethora of 3rd liners we have. Exciting times !

  • MaxwellHowe

    Scabs 1st pick was interesting. Biggs might as well start trash talking McCarron now

    • Dink

      MaxwellHowe lol that guy was scary

  • bermudaboy

    -Keon- Agreed. Read somewhere that Drouin considered Gauthier the hardest guy to play against in the Q. Read somewhere else that Bergevin was pissed he wasn’t available at Montreal’s first round pick….