(Draft Day Two Mashup) Willie Nylie

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William Nylander stands with Toronto Maple Leafs officials after being chosen eighth overall during the first round of the NHL hockey draft, Friday, June 27, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Being that we rely on second-hand reports and highlight clips for many of these prospects, especially for those playing overseas, we can’t really evaluate new Leaf William Nylander on a game in-game out basis, but maybe we can all agree Dave Nonis, Dave Morrison and the draft team seemed to have the right philosophy when approaching their eighth overall pick last night.

After the draft, Nonis spoke about high-end skill up front as an area of weakness in contrast to a more loaded pipeline on the backend. He addressed the size concerns with a sound rationale and emphasized the high-end skill and upside of the selection:

“He’s grown a lot in the last 12 months. Compared to tape of him a year ago he’s taller, he’s thicker. There’s a lot of work left to do there for him, but in terms of foot speed, puck skills, ability to shoot the puck, he’s got all those down now… Against Canada [in the U18s], when things were difficult and they kind of ran at him a little bit, one of the things we were looking for was to see if he was going to shrink at all. That wasn’t a factor at all.  I think he was trying to prove a point that he’s not going to be a kid who is going to be intimidated.

“He’s electrifying. He has NHL speed, NHL hands, NHL shot right now. It’s about whether the rest of his game can catch up.”

Enter the Leafs’ development staff. There’s certain things that can be taught and certain things that can’t. Big bonus if the Leafs can bring him along as a center.

From Sweden-based scout Uffe Bodin of Elite Prospects:

 

Day Two

Onto day two, when it would sure be nice to find a way into the 2nd round. Said Nonis of the possibility:

“We’ve talked to a couple of teams about possibly acquiring a second round pick. I wouldn’t be shocked if that happens. If not, we’ll pass the second and we’ll have to do some damage in the 3rd and the two 4ths that we have.”

The Leafs’ selections as of this posting are as follows:

Maple Leafs 2014 Draft Selections

RndPickOverallTeamPlayerPosCountryHeightWeightAmateur LeagueAmateur Team
188TORWILLIAM NYLANDERC/WCAN5' 11"169SWEDENMODO
3868TORRINAT VALIEVDRUS6'1"190WHLKootenay
4494TORTRADED
413103TORJOHN PICCINICHRWUSA6'0"190USHLYoungstown
Committed to Boston College
58128TORDAKOTA JOSHUACUSA6'2"185USHLSioux Falls
68158TORNOLAN VESEYLWUSA6'1"198USPHLSouth Shore
Committed to Maine
78188TORPIERRE ENGVALLWSWE6'4"201SuperElitFrolunda J20

Morning Links:

  • wiski

    https://twitter.com/carl_gun https://twitter.com/carl_gun/status/482797032407859201
    Love it when the swedes get picked. Happy to welcome https://twitter.com/snizzbone to the organization. Välkommen!!

  • DJBrianBurke

    Welcome to Toronto kid. Hope you have thick skin.

  • Bobsyouruncle

    Calgary gets Bennett and Burke is looking more and more like a genius all the time.

  • DJBrianBurke

    Bobsyouruncle Great pick for them.

  • Bobsyouruncle

    DJBrianBurke
    Great pickup that just fell a little for them. Lots of work to do but two excellent centres in two years is a great way to start for the Flames.

  • MaxwellHowe

    a little shocked that Nonis passed on Ritchie, not disappointed, but surprised

  • mcloki

    Bobsyouruncle he won a lottery.

  • mcloki

    I like the pick. It will be fun in a few years to see Naz, Nylander, Brown, Verhaeghe. Lievo. GArdiner and Rielly.

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

    when the 2nd round starts? 10am ET?

  • mcloki

    What I’m really looking for is remarks by Shanny.

  • Yan28

    Yeah, 10 am. Let’s hope we get our 2nd.

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

    yes 10am ET, it is really pain in the ass to find these basic information on tsn.ca or even nhl.com, had to ask uncle Google

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

    Yan28 thanks, exactly as you say

  • mcloki

    Yan28 mEh we’re close to our contract cap. We need to trade prospects and low end picks for the 2015 draft

  • Yan28

    I need to find a good twitter handle that will list all the picks as they come in.

  • mcloki

    Kouba I,m sure next year  Sportsnet will cover the whole thing on one of their channels.

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

    Yan28 I will probably turn on a stream and will listen during working on the computer

  • Yan28

    Unload some guys that aren’t going to make it in the NHL.

  • mcloki

    Yan28 Exactly convert 2 or 3 of them into a 3rd or 4th rounder in 2015, 2016

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

    mcloki Kouba Do they broadcast in Euro? It is all streams for me except 3-5 games a year.

  • Yan28

    There’s no way I am missing out on Barbashev if I am the Leafs, He’s better then the two Russians that went in the 1st and already turned down a good contract with KHL Dynamo to play here, he won’t leave.

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

    mcloki Kouba ah it is Canadian broadcaster so I doubt it

  • Yan28

    Will be a steal in the 2nd, supposed to go in the 18 – 20 range in the first.

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

    Yan28 what is an issue with him?

  • mcloki

    Kouba mcloki streams for you. nhl.com should be streaming it as well.

  • Yan28

    Not even sure why he slipped.

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

    mcloki Kouba ok thanks will czech it out today, was lucky and found a good stream on adthe last night

  • mcloki

    Yan28 Russian. most teams are leary of picking one. And the Leafs don’t really have that great a track record with the Russians. Grabo, Kuli .

  • mcloki

    Kouba mcloki That’s probably the best way to see it today as well.

  • Yan28

    I’ll take my chances with this kid, or go safe with Hunter Smith.

  • HHT

    Do some damage with your 4th round picks …?  How about asset management so you’re not left scrambling on day 2 of draft weekend.  You are so fired…

    “We’ve talked to a couple of teams about possibly acquiring a second round pick. I wouldn’t be shocked if that happens. If not, we’ll pass the second and we’ll have to do some damage in the 3rd and the two 4ths that we have.”

  • Loric76

    Bobsyouruncle DJBrianBurke “we build our teams from the net out”

    Burke’s trolling Leafsnation with those two picks

  • Loric76

    MaxwellHowe Shanny hammer

  • Loric76

    mcloki Yan28 lol Grabo wasn’t a Leafs pick, and he wasn’t even Russian

  • HHT

    Noticeably absent.  mcloki

  • Loric76

    HHT mcloki He’s busy planning out the rest of our picks by asking “what would Detroit do?”

  • Loric76

    HHT I’m not too unhappy that we don’t have a 2nd this year or next, since it got us Holland and Bernier.

  • HHT

    U mean we have a plan??? Loric76 HHT mcloki

  • Loric76

    HHT Loric76 mcloki no, that’s why he’s busy putting one together last minute lol

  • 4evrblue

    Will Ny the Hockey Guy?

  • 4evrblue

    Loric76 mcloki Yan28  True and considering what we ended up getting out of Kulemin it worked out very well.

  • WendelGilmour

    Strike two, Shanny.

  • Loric76

    4evrblue Loric76 mcloki Yan28 Kuli was a good pick, not his fault management after he was picked fucked things up.  They’ve let the entire Mac – Grabo – Kuli line from 2011 walk for nothing

  • Yaknowwhat

    How so? Not that I’m disagreeing…

  • 4evrblue

    WendelGilmour  whats the strike? picking Nylander?

  • WendelGilmour

    Yaknowwhat Took the one player I did not want. So much for having a team that’s hard to play against.

  • WendelGilmour

    4evrblue WendelGilmour Yes.

  • MaxwellHowe

    So I gather the big thing to watch today is whether Nonis can get a 2nd rounder.  Because if he doesn’t get a 2nd round or at least 3rd rounder today – you begin to believe the Leafs intend to keep Franson, Reimer, Lupul, Gunnersson for next season.  I just would have expected the Leafs to make more of an effort to retool.  Credit the Canucks, they aren’t sitting around.

  • Yaknowwhat

    Sure I would of preferred a Canadian kid with more size…but Nylander has high skill and good blood lines….its as good a pick as any in my opinion….there is no guarantees for anybody…

  • 4evrblue

    WendelGilmour 4evrblue  who did you want?