(Draft Day Mashup) The Day Has Arrived

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2014 NHL Entry Draft
2014 NHL Entry Draft

Will the Maple Leafs stick at eight? Who will they pick at 8? Will they move an RFA to grab another pick or two for tomorrow? Could we see something more earth-shattering? We’ll find out over the course of the next 12 hours.

The rumours are aplenty. Jason Spezza (in an apparent acquire-and-flip scenario, past tense, according to Bob McKenzie), Milan Michalek and Martin Brodeur are some of the names getting batted around the Leafs rumour mill.  It’s all likely BS typical of this time of year, but you never know.

With the sense that there is no consensus number one prospect but a fair amount of depth to the top 10-12 picks, there may be some movement up and down the order on the draft floor making this day all the more interesting.

At the very least, we know Leafs Nation will erupt in debate over the draft selection of a certain 18-year-old kid only a tiny fraction of the fanbase has seen enough to justify having an opinion on.

Let the fun begin.

Draft Day Links:

  • LeafsForLife

    Every year i get psyched for the draft only to see very little of nothing happen. But i dont give up. This is the year it happens!!! (not sure what it is that will happen but pretty sure this is the one)

  • 4evrblue

    We’re getting Perlini!!!!!
    The article on Dion is hilarious. He wouldn’t want the Oilers to give up the 3rd pick for the 8th and Dion? Thats overpayment on our part IMO
    Thanks for the mashup Alec, gotta run to work now. Have a great day MLHS, wish I could be here to enjoy it with you all

  • maple1967leafs

    Zero more sleeps  !!!   well maybe a quick after noon nap,    :)

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DgsgWHQfY0 Kouba

    I can’t see the Leafs trading Phaneuf (or Kadri… or Gardiner) AND 8th pick to move up. With the class

    available it would seem like a massive overpayment.

    I like Michalek when he plays for the Czech team. Because there is no salary cap. 4.3 mil (at least) for another 3rd liner? No. The only Czech players I would like to see in the Leafs uniform are Sobotka (RFA! RFA!) or Hertl (no way it’s happening). Brodeur? MacIntyre.

    “At the very least, we know http://mapleleafshotstove.com/
    Nation will erupt in debate over the draft selection of a certain
    18-year-old kid only a tiny fraction of the fanbase has seen enough to
    justify having an opinion on.” – Should be carved in stone lol

    Who is your pick, Alec?

  • 4evrblue

    Work is cancelled due to a dumb ass boss. Looks like I’ll be here all day to laugh at BS rumors and make fun of Phooks diet with all of you fine folks :)

  • 4evrblue

    Kouba  The only way it makes sense to move Dion or any of those guys to move up is if we get something more back.
    Dion + 8th to Edmonton for 3rd + Mitch Moroz or another prospect

  • daniel marois

    4evrblue Kouba

    Yup.  Something more would need to be added.  Like that crazy rumour that the Leafs are sending Phaneuf and Kadri with #8 to Florida for #1 and Kulikov.   That trade WON’T happen – but at least someone else is coming back other than a draft pick.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DgsgWHQfY0 Kouba

    4evrblue Kouba Makes more sense I admit, but still I don’t know if I would do the trade you propose :)

  • daniel marois

    Kouba 4evrblue

    Not my proposal – give credit to some guy who bills himself as “Hockey Insiderr” LOL.  Who is your pick for the Leafs at 8? Do you want them to move up into a top-3 pick?

  • Yaknowwhat

    As your dumb ass boss…work is now cancelled permanently for you… : )

  • 4evrblue

    Yaknowwhat  WOOHOO!!!!!!

  • 4evrblue

    Kouba 4evrblue lol it was put together a little quick I admit

  • daniel marois

    I think moving up in the draft this year makes more sense given the talent available.  If Leafs are sitting at #8 pick next year no way they move up into a top-3 scenerio with McDavid and Eichel available.  Teams won’t be trade first rounders so easily with that type of star talent on the table.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DgsgWHQfY0 Kouba

    daniel marois Kouba 4evrblue It was reply to 4evrblue :)
    but minus Kadri… maybe I would think about it, because I am not sold on Phaneuf
    I have no idea. It is almost impossible here to watch any OHL games. I have seen Czech kids Vrana and Pastrnak, they are good enough for the 1st round imo but not at the 8th. From what I have read and seen on youtube (lol yes) I would pick Virtanen (youngest), Ehlers (risk, + hire Roberts for the weight) or Fleury (safe pick). But my opinion has zero value, you have to see the kids actually play.

  • Zep2

    Dion and # 8 for # 3. No way. Straight up maybe. Oilers just signed Nitkanenat 4.5 x2 making Dions salary irrelevavt

  • Zep2

    BTW , WHY IS EVEYBODY UP SO EARLY

  • daniel marois

    Kouba daniel marois 4evrblue

    Virtanen is interesting but he is the one in a lot of mocks who happened to fall outside top-10 but mocks don’t mean a whole lot.  I suspect if he is available that means perhaps Ritchie and Ehlers would have been already picked ahead.  It’s hard to pass on someone on the verge of a 50-goal campaign who scouts bill as maybe the best skater in the draft.  And he had a hell of a showing at the World U-18 tourney.

  • daniel marois

    Zep2

    That does make sense.  Why bring Dion and add another $7 mil when you just signed a d-man for $4.5.  Unless Oilers moving out a big salary player like Sam Gagner.

  • 4evrblue

    daniel marois Zep2  Dion + 8th for 3rd + Gagner
    would you guys do it?

  • Optimustic

    Zep2 It’s just this thing called ” going to work” It’ll happen for the next 5 to 6 years.  After that I hope to retire and watch the Leafs full time.  :-)

  • Zep2

    Maybe if there was trade out there for Gagnet. I don’t see him any than 3rd on our depth chart

  • daniel marois

    4evrblue daniel marois Zep2

    Well…something would have to give there because how do you squeeze Bozak, Gganer, Kadri and Holland in the lineup when Gagner and Kadri battling for second line centre duty.  I suspect Leafs are hoping Holland can nail the third-line center position in this scenerio.

  • Zep2

    Couple of ore years for me. I’m taking today and Monday to make it a long weekend

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DgsgWHQfY0 Kouba

    daniel marois Kouba 4evrblue I have a gut feeling it will be Ehlers after all the high risk high reward remark by Shanahan.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DgsgWHQfY0 Kouba

    per TSN: The league has proposed smoothing or compressing the odds among the 14
    non-playoff teams for the 2015 draft and then increasing the number of
    selections determined by the lottery in 2016.
    I thought they were going to completely reverse the draft order  for the non playoff teams.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DgsgWHQfY0 Kouba

    This sucks

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/gino-odjick-former-canucks-enforcer-has-terminal-heart-disease-1.2689371

  • Optimustic

    Zep2 Nice, I’ve got Monday off in liu of Canada Day. After that, I’ve got long weekends throughout the summer.

  • 4evrblue

    daniel marois 4evrblue Zep2  Put Gagner on RW or flip him

  • 4evrblue

    Kouba daniel marois 4evrblue  I’m throwing my money in the ring on Perlini

  • Bobsyouruncle

    Mason Raymond saying the right things about playing in Toronto and…. I sure hope we don’t re-sign him.

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    #Mashup !!!

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    Off to the golf course for 7 then back here for an epic couch/draft session.

    I am pumped.

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    Bobsyouruncle Good bye Mason, I wish you a speedy exit.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DgsgWHQfY0 Kouba

    4evrblue Kouba daniel marois seem like it went south in the playoffs :) Pick anyone good enough to play at least 2nd line in the NHL for the looong years to come, that’s my wish

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DgsgWHQfY0 Kouba

    Bobsyouruncle sycophant

  • Tommy Cat

    Finally draft day!  My hope is Ritchie and no stupid mistakes.

  • Zep2

    If management thinks that Bennett or Draisitl are future locks as 1c , giving up Dion and #8 makes no sense

  • peterbleafs

    Only 1 in 10 of us will be happy after todays draft.

  • jimmyg65

    Zep2 Work. Gotta finish something by 10 am…

  • phaneufoundlander

    Does Nonis look at Lecavalier for a cheap return?

  • 4evrblue

    phaneufoundlander  If they held back some salary I’d consider him for the 3C spot over Bolland.

  • Loric76

    Morning gang.

    Is the whole draft televised again like last year or just the first round?  Am I a couch potato for rounds 2-7 tomorrow or just tied to twitter and here?

  • Lou p

    Zep2  anything to get rid of dion makes sence

  • 4evrblue

    Lou p Zep2  lol love it when the trolls show up

  • Lou p

    4evrblue Lou p Zep2  who you talking about

  • jbman5

    Anyone know what time the draft is at?

    Also where it can be streamed?

  • Lou p

    7pm

  • jbman5

    Thanks Lou p

  • jbman5

    Bottom six is wide open! Hope they will it with Marlies

  • Lou p

    jbman5  yw