(Draft Day Mashup) The Day Has Arrived

(Draft Day Mashup) The Day Has Arrived

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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.

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1445 comments
Jay_Berg
Jay_Berg

No pressure Ekblad. Despite everyone saying you aren't pronger you are about to be traded to the team hosting that draft that actually wants you to replace pronger.

ProfessorRance
ProfessorRance

Enjoy the draft boys, I'm off to work. Let's get Ritchie!

Luke_R
Luke_R

Philly trying to finally find thier stud dman 

The_Polish_Cannon
The_Polish_Cannon

I've been very critical of Nonis today (along with every other day) but I truly wish he comes in and blows us away this offseason and proves me wrong. 

I'm 3 beers deep and I think i've drank my negativity away now, feeling optimistic! He better do something soon though after another 6 I'm going to get pissed off at him again

mike_84
mike_84

where did this JVR stuff come from?

Jay_Berg
Jay_Berg

Are people going to be happy if we do nothing, draft 8th and call it a day? I won't

loomx
loomx

@TheCanucksnaphook Or the #5 pick, which is currently held by an idiot GM and you'd get to pick whoever's left out of the big 5.

ingy56
ingy56

@Jay_Berg The minute he signs a long term deal the clock starts ticking. He'd be smart to rent a place rather than buy. 

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

I'd really like to see Philly do something really stupid here and blow their wad on a draft pick

The_Polish_Cannon
The_Polish_Cannon

@Burtonboy ahh I knew Philly would be the ones to do it, hometown of the draft always tries to make a big splash

Scottish Leaf
Scottish Leaf

@Jay_Berg You can polish a turd but at the end of the day, it's still a turd. Going to take a whole lot than 1 draft to fix this mess of a team.

loomx
loomx

@Jay_Berg Yes, but in the grand scheme of things, it just means more tire-spinning.

Jay_Berg
Jay_Berg

Well I don't want to do something stupid. But something needs to be done

JMAC17
JMAC17

@ShotgunCharlie @JMAC17 @ingy56 Just a hunch really...I havent heard anything linking him there...but just seems like an ANA thing to do....big risk....at a time they can afford it.

The_Polish_Cannon
The_Polish_Cannon

@Greg Fenton @loomx @TheCanucksnaphook This is ridiculous to start an argument over. We don't know what's being asked for for the #1 or #3 picks. If it's way too much and doesn't make sense, but a there's a trade for the 5th that makes sense than go that route. Maybe they can get a deal done for the 5th that allows them to keep their 8th. Two players in the top 10 would be good. There is so many possibilities we can't argue which draft pick would be better to trade for when we don't know the asking price

loomx
loomx

@Greg Fenton @loomx @TheCanucksnaphook Because it might cost you Cody Franson instead of Jake Gardiner? This isn't difficult. If the Leafs want Draisaitl or Dal Colle and either is available when the 5th pick comes around, why wouldn't you pay the small price to get the guy you want instead of a worse prospect at 5th?

loomx
loomx

@Greg Fenton @loomx @TheCanucksnaphook That's why I said "an idiot GM holds the 5th pick.

It's all tied to price. I wouldn't want to give up Kadri and Gardiner to move up to 1st. If the Oilers are asking for too much, I wouldn't move there either. You're making it sound as if there's no point trading up if you can't trade up to 3rd. That doesn't make sense.

loomx
loomx

@Greg Fenton @loomx @TheCanucksnaphook And you said "Go big, get 1 or 3 (ideally 1) and take control of your fate. Get the player yo want, not the one 4 teams didn't want. "


As if there's no point in trading up if you can't trade up to 3rd