The Leafs sit in the 9th overall draft slot going into final game

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You really shouldn’t cheer for the Leafs to lose to the Senators, ever. It is a veritable fanclub-card-revoking offence. But an educated fan should always enter a game like this knowing the draft stakes.

A regulation loss tonight ensures the Leafs will not pass the Senators or Predators (who each have two games left), and ensures the Leafs will draft at worst 8th overall in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Winnipeg, who won their final game of the season last night, would pass the Leafs on the head-to-head tie breaker.

A regulation loss would still leave the 7th overall pick as a possibility if Vancouver were to collect three of their final four points.

A win, meanwhile, could push the Leafs down as far as 11th, depending on how the Predators and Senators fare in their remaining games.

What happened last time the Leafs played the Senators with draft pick positioning hanging in the balance, again?

Prediction: Troy Bodie hat trick.

PickLottery Odds
1 - Buffalo25.00%
2 - Florida18.80%
3 - Edmonton14.20%
4 - Calgary10.70%
5 - NY Islanders8.10%
6 - Vancouver6.20%
7 - Carolina4.70%
8 - Toronto3.60%
9 - Winnipeg2.70%
10 - Ottawa2.10%
11 - New Jersey1.50%
12 - Nashville1.10%
13 - Phoenix0.80%
14 - Washington0.50%
  • OTL

    So, who would the Leafs be targeting potentially between the 7-11th picks at this years draft?

  • 4evrblue

    OTL Im voting Alex Tuch

  • 4evrblue

    OTL http://www.mynhldraft.com/2014/NHL-Draft-Profiles/Alex-Tuch

  • OTL

    4evrblue OTLI was just reading about him….big kid.  Sounds like a good pick…power forward?

  • 4evrblue

    OTL 4evrblueThis entire profile sounds like it was written by his mother its that good but heres the best part:
    He plays the power-forward role, but he will be much more than that. He
    plays the playmaker, he plays the sniper, he plays the agitator – he
    logs big minutes because his coaches trust him so much. He leads the way
    into battle, and when he gets on his horse… you don’t want to be
    skating in his way.

  • 4evrblue

    OTL 4evrblue Thats from the link below. Says something about looking out for his teammates also. Not sure if he’ll fight or not, at 6’3″ 215lbs it would be great if he does

  • OTL

    4evrblue OTLSorry, which link are you referring to 4evrblue??

  • 4evrblue

    OTL 4evrblueMaybe livefyre is being a prick again and not showing it. 
    http://www.mynhldraft.com/2014/NHL-Draft-Profiles/Alex-Tuch

  • 4evrblue

    OTL Is it showing up there?

  • OTL

    4evrblue
    I don’t see anything for the link, no.

  • Burtonboy

    4evrblue OTL  Is he heading to university or coming north to play in the OHL ?

  • 4evrblue

    OTL 4evrblue weird, do you know the site mynhldraft.com? If you go there it will show a mock draft and gives scouting reports on all of  the first rounders. The reports aren’t done by anybody in particular. You can sign up and write one yourself if you want but its still nice to be able to read a bit on all of these guys

  • 4evrblue

    Burtonboy 4evrblueOTL Apparently he’s set to go to Boston College

  • Burtonboy

    4evrblue Burtonboy OTL  Ugh  5 yrs away then

  • 4evrblue

    Burtonboy 4evrblueOTL he could always leave early and i’m fine with it if its worth the wait

  • OTL

    4evrblue BurtonboyOTLLeafs scouting (judging by the link to previous Leafs drafts) has improved in the quality of players drafted in recent years it seems.  Maybe it seems that way because of the scouting reports this site offers us readers.

  • Burtonboy

    4evrblue Burtonboy OTL  If you play a rough styLe like he appears to I would rather he play in the OHL

  • 4evrblue

    Burtonboy 4evrblueOTL true enough, especially if he fights. cant really get any practice throwing the mitts in college

  • Burtonboy

    OTL 4evrblue Burtonboy  Leafs drafting is underrated and often criticized .We have good staff . Problem was too many idiot GM’s trading away picks

  • 4evrblue

    Burtonboy OTL4evrblue Hopefully they come up with one more gem here. If its Tuch thats great, if not then I’ll trust they got the right guy

  • OTL

    4evrblue BurtonboyOTLEnjoy the weekend guys…

  • 4evrblue

    Apparently the isles have top 10 protection on the 1st they traded to Buffalo. Didn’t know that before.

  • 4evrblue

    Whos your pick to draft BB?

  • Burtonboy

    4evrblue  Haven’t kept a very close eye on it this yr Blue . I’ll start doing some reading now though

  • 4evrblue

    Burtonboy 4evrblue I didn’t think I had to keep an eye on it this year. Only started reading up on these guys a couple of days ago. Once you get outside the top 10-12 theres a lot of small players.

  • drummond

    So who is going to pull Boyd Devereaux and ruin the Leafs drafting position. I say Clarkson, who has been pretty much useless the whole season, scores hatty, Colton Orr adds another one :)

  • peterbleafs

    OTL Im going with Nick Ritchie, I want to see PIMs on any player we draft, and to read he has a bit of a mean streak, hates losing and defends his team mates.

  • Burtonboy

    Peter DeBoer to coach Toronto Maple Leafs? Say it ain’t so, Lou

    https://ca.sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/peter-deboer-to-coach-toronto-maple-leafs–say-it-ain-t-so–lou-215805162.html

  • Yaknowwhat

    MacA with the hatty tonite…gives Randy the finger after the third one…

  • JMAC17

    4evrblue  me neither..where did you hear that?

  • mike_84

    For those who haven’t looked at too many p[possible picks for us i suggest checking out Ehlers. He’s a high risk high reward kinda guy it seems. Mynhldaft has a good write up for him. Fastest skater in the past 2 drafts. He has kessel like skill set (speed,ice vision,crazy wrister) one thing he has that kessel doesn’t is he’s supposedly a born leader as well. Also really like this quote ” If there is a tiny slit in the defense, he’s already slid through it and scored on the goalie before you can blink. He works the hardest out of most of the players on the team, first to get to training last to leave.”

  • mike_84

    Some good news is the sens don’t have there first pick so they will be playing to win so that pick is as high as possible

  • Burtonboy

    CanuckUKinToronto  You bet it does. But the Leafs are an addiction I can’t give up. Looking forward to hearing what the big 3 have to say o Monday . Leiweke must be totally rotted about what happened .

  • Great Dane

    Burtonboy CanuckUKinToronto BB good point about Leiweke and that is why I believe that Phaneuf could be on the way out together with Carlyle.

    I do like Phaneuf but there needs to be a clear message to players that they fucked up too this season.

  • mike_84

    CanuckUKinToronto mike_84  Ya i know but i think we have enough people who have a low end of bottom 6 guy and a top end of 2nd line. We need a guy like this who can be a top line guy. This guy is a pure scorer and will complement our prospects very nicely. Anyways i’d suggest giving the kid a look. Well sadly i’m off to work. Have a good one.

  • Ydargo

    There are lots of quality guys in the top 10………I’m not as interested in Hugh risk high reward guys. I want guys that are of the Backes type mold, they play the game right and in the process put up solid numbers

  • Ydargo

    Tuch, McCann or Ritchie are the guys I want

  • Burtonboy

    Great Dane Burtonboy CanuckUKinToronto We will see what happens . Shanahan and Nonis have reputations for being very methodical in everything they do . I don’t expect any kind of knee jerk reactions based on emotion . Leave that kind of stuff to the media and the fans

  • maple1967leafs

    i see the debbies are out

  • lister

    maple1967leafs   Are they soft, firm and supple?

  • NotTheCanucksnaphook

    Lose baby, just lose !!

  • NotTheCanucksnaphook

    Yaknowwhat  That is fine with me. I flip him the finger each game.

  • maple1967leafs

    NotTheCanucksnaphook  I dont think you have to say that,This team knows too well how thats done

  • Burtonboy

    NotTheCanucksnaphook  I was just watching the interviews from yesterday’s practice . That’s a pretty demoralized bunch of players and coaches . I would be very surprised if they have anything left in the tank for tonight . Just don’t see them winning that game.

  • NotTheCanucksnaphook

    Burtonboy Thats great.  Hope they are even remotely as demoralized as I am.  The reason, I think the fans are worse off is because we cannot control the end result.  The players sure as fuck can.  Atrocious season.

  • NotTheCanucksnaphook

    CanuckUKinToronto  Big body OHLer with speed.  Find me this particular kid.

  • Burtonboy

    NotTheCanucksnaphook Burtonboy  Would love to have been a fly on the wall the last  3-4 weeks to see what was actually going on in that dressing room.

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    NotTheCanucksnaphook CanuckUKinToronto  Nick Ritchie: http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=99036

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    4evrblue  The NJ Devils were on double secret probation too.

  • Ydargo

    I’ve been reading about Virtanen, he looks like another guy the Leafs could grab
    A dark horse could be Adrian Kempe, currently playing in the Swedish Elite League