Director of Amateur Scouting Dave Morrison is a great interview (video) when it comes to the Leafs prospects and the scouting process. In case you missed it, or if you prefer the written word, here’s the transcript of his thoughts on each Leaf draftee from Sunday’s draft.
On scouting the QMJHL this season:
“Pierre [Pierre Rioux, amateur scout] does a great job covering the league [QMJHL] off. We also have Alan Power in the maritimes. Pierre is full time, Alan is part time, but between the two of them they really do a thorough job. In the Quebec league this year I think it was pretty well known it was a pretty strong year for that league, so we were there quite a bit, Rimouski specifically. I’m happy for that league; I don’t know if it was a record year for that league or close to it… “
“It was such a good year in the Q and it was obviously heavily scouted not just by us but 29 other teams. I think it was a great crop of kids and Frederik was on our radar pretty early. We kept a close eye on him and are obviously very happy we got him… there’s a lot more attention to defence [in the QMJHL] than there was 20, 30 years ago. It is what it is; there is no perfect style, but we’re seeing a bit of a different breed of player and that’s good for the league.”
On Frederik Gauthier:
“Pierre had seen him the year before, but he was committed to going to Harvard I think at that point. I think, at that time, he had been a football player, too. He really didn’t know he was that good of a hockey player. I mean, he knew he could play the game obviously, but I don’t think he knew how good he was. And then he got heavily recruited by Rimouski by some of the bigger named people who have played in Rimouski previously. I think once he got there he jumped on the scene pretty quickly. He had a very very good first half. He seemed to tire a bit in the second half, which I think is normal or a kid who is not use to that type of grind. Then he came back in April at the World Championships and had a really good tournament.”
“I put him more as a two-way guy, but certainly he’s very, very good in his own zone. He’s responsible, he’s good on faceoffs. I would say he’s got a developing offensive game. His totals are good for a first year guy in the league. I thought in the tournament he came up with some pretty big plays at big times. We’re hopeful he can develop that part of his game, but yeah we like his size, we like his all-around game.
“I kind of put him in that Josh Leivo category, where he was really a late bloomer in terms of when his development really started to take off. We thought in the second half we really saw signs of him coming on, especially in the playoffs vs. Oshawa. We also thought he had a really good tournament over there. He played in more of a third or fourth line role but he played really well and we kept a close eye on him. He’s got some size potential, still a kid that could put on quite a bit of weight and get stronger. So we’re hopeful.”
“He’s big. He can skate. He’s not afraid of physical play and goes hard to the net. Our European scouts, specifically Peter Ihnacak was very high on him. He was sort of in my ear quite a bit this year about him… I think he’s giong to be available for the import draft, but that’s something between him and his agent that we’ll follow up on. I think at this point he’s open to coming.”
“He sort of took over the number one job there, culiminating with an invite to Canada’s tryout camp. They only took three goalies and I don’t think he made it, but he’s big.. I don’t think there were many big goalies available this year.. He’s one of the bigger bodies. I had Mike Palmateer follow him a couple of times this year. I saw him myself as well as Pierre and Alan. Al Jensen from Central Scouting had a lot of time for him. We just thought he was one of those kids we would like to have in our system to see if he can do anything because we think he has a lot of potential.”
“He is a skilled, strong winger. Not tall, but he’s got a thicker build. Very intelligent and skilled. We’ve been fortunate with some of the guys we’ve taken from over there, and our North American guys who saw him really liked him, too. We just wanted to take a chance on that skill.”
A bit of a stretch but I would love something similar. I know the values are a bit off but I'm just sitting at the hospital quickly typing. Who do you think bout that EH?
Said it last night and will say it again. If we don't keep Bozak you guys will all be sorry when we sign other wasted veterans. If Clarkson wants 5-6 mil then I hope we sign nobody. Run with a bunch of kids if we have to but no way would I get into the same trouble we seen with komi Armstrong Lombardi beauchemin and others
I guess that the good news from the Vinny signing in Philly is that price for a center has come down quite a bit.
Stastny is still be best option out there but it might be possible to get Avs to keep a million in cap hit.
Really hope the Leafs do something tomorrow. Should be able to talk to some UFAs and figure out what you can get done there, and make necessary trades to accommodate that.
My issue is twofold....firstly, Coburn was exposed as being slow last year, so the new NHL might be passing him by. Secondly, that helps out a rival while not necessarily bettering the Leafs.
I think Stastny is a great idea if we have JML going the other way. Still leaves us a centre too much so I hope Grabo moves to wing. Didn't he play wing on some pp time last year? Not much to think about but it's so.ething
@Pent_House Yeah, what the fuck was that there lol
@.JVR. Is this being aired similar to the Lebron decision? Is Duthie waiting to pounce on the victor?
@TheColborneUltimatum Approx. 20 million.
@Marlies Man Those poor ignorant bastards.
Heard that and laughed a little
Would be nice if they resigned some RFAs
Jeff Marek @JeffMarek 22m
And the Arizona Coyotes are born.
@Pent_House It's gonna pass ... I can't watch anymore.
@TheColborneUltimatum Maybe he will sign Komi too.
I thought they already voted on this. If so, why are they still talking, haha?
My bad, I thought they already voted. In which case, all this debate would be useless.
@TheColborneUltimatum @Xxxxxnew @.JVR. I had friends back in St. Catharines and Toronto who would do the same to watch the leafs play twice in Florida. My wife and I used to stay over two in Buffalo for a game or two at a really nice hotel not far from the arena for about $100 total including meals.
van Riemsdyk's Cap hit is $4.25, so I'd offer Clarkson the exact same contract.
@Cameron19 @Xxxxxnew @TheColborneUltimatum I just find it's a little different this season, too. Kadri and Franson had decent years yet it was only a half-season. Some fan proposals have been treating it like we've seen these guys blossom over a full 82-game season and have been talking $4 mil for each.
@Cameron19 @TheColborneUltimatum I liked both players but I think Grabo and Liles will be moving on. They were misused here and dont really fit in anymore. A team that misses out this weekend on some ufa's could perhaps acquire these guys. I'm sure some teams will need help just getting to the cap floor.
Kadri at 3.25
Franson at 3.50
Gunnar at 3.00
Colborne at 0.85
Bernier at 1.80
Fraser at 0.85
And adding in a couple Marlies:
Blacker at 0.66
D'Amigo at 0.87
We can realistically spend about 7 million dollars on 2 free agents, assuming no further buyouts or trades. Obviously the landscape changes if Liles can be traded for picks, and/or Grabovski can be traded/bought out.
So, it'll probably be about $4 million for Kadri. ($18.25 million)
$4 million for Franson ($14.25 million)
$3 million for Gunnarsson ($11.25 million)
$2 million for Bernier ($9.25 million)
$1.25 million for Fraser ($8 million)
$750K for McLaren ($7.25 million)
So, once our RFAs are resigned, we'll have a little more than $7 million in Cap Space.
@Cameron19 Upon first glance it does seem tight. We will need the likes of Colborne and Damigo to make contributions. But if we move around Grabo and Liles it should be okay. A team that misses out on any significant centers could be interested in Grabo.
This is our roster as it is:
J.V.R. / Grabo / Kessel
Lupul / _____ / Kulemin
____ / Bolland / ______
____ / McClement / Orr
_____ / Phaneuf
J.M.Liles / ______
Reimer / ________
-CAP HIT: 42.05 millionCAP SPACE: 22.25 million
What makes you think that?
So, are you saying the Leafs should sign him?
Oh yea, who is that?
Nashville is far from fucked!
Until they wait too long on one of them and another team offersheets them.
Then how smart would all this nickel and diming look?
@Cloud09 @Cameron19 No, but it wouldn't surprise me to see them wait till the end of summer. That's what most teams are doing with their RFA's. You'll notice almost no one is getting locked up right now. Patrik Berglund is the only significant one, which almost makes me suspect they have a trade in place for him.
@Cameron19 You think we are going to see the same dog and pony show that Subban and the Habs put on with Kadri??