(Draft Day Two Mashup) Willie Nylie

(Draft Day Two Mashup) Willie Nylie

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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

Rnd
Pick
Overall
Team
Player
Pos
Country
Height
Weight
Amateur League
Amateur Team
188TORWILLIAM NYLANDERC/WCAN5' 11"169SWEDENMODO
3868TORRINAT VALIEVDRUS6'1"190WHLKootenay
4494TORTRADED
413103TORJOHN PICCINICHRWUSA6'0"190USHL Youngstown
Committed to Boston College
58128TORDAKOTA JOSHUACUSA6'2"185USHLSioux Falls
68158TORNOLAN VESEYLWUSA6'1"198USPHLSouth Shore
Committed to Maine
78188TORPIERRE ENGVALLWSWE6'4"201SuperElitFrolunda J20

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ShiFty_D
ShiFty_D

Tom Gulitti @TGfireandice 3m

Shanahan on Brodeur: "We’ve expressed an interest. But I think when you get to a point in Marty’s career it’s really about fit."

Tom Gulitti @TGfireandice 2m

Shanahan: "I was never the best goalie in the history of the game, but I’ve been a veteran player sort of making these decisions ..."

 Tom Gulitti @TGfireandice 2m

Shanahan cont: "... You do things differently when you’re at Marty’s point in his career. It’s always going to be about fit.”

NotInsane
NotInsane

Gunnar's value was lower than it might have been because of his bad hip.  

TuckerForPunishment
TuckerForPunishment

You got a solid player coming your way, too. There's a reason this thread isn't a champagne popping celebration. Polak is a very steady, solid Dman who is strong as an ox and can skate exceptionally well for his size. You'll be happy with him soon enough." - Another Blues Fan

TuckerForPunishment
TuckerForPunishment

I like Polak, but he was pretty overrated around here. I won't miss seeing the puck hemmed in our zone for long periods of time with Polak and Jackman together. I really hope Cole gets a shot to start." - A Blues Fan

RandomScrub
RandomScrub

I think what I'd like to see is something like


Rielly - Phaneuf

Gardiner - Polak/Fayne

Ranger/Percy - Polak/Granberg


Edit: Also, not a stupid system.

Luke_R
Luke_R

Poor Nashville.  He'd really look good with Neal there

Pierre LeBrun ‏@Real_ESPNLeBrun  now

Preds GM David Poile confirms he had serious interest in dealing for Spezza but was told by Spezza camp he wouldn't go to Nashville

Luke_R
Luke_R

Now go get Leoo Komorov!!

Luke_R
Luke_R

So Nylander is another rush player. Yay.  But seems to like to hold the puck behind the net which i like

Luke_R
Luke_R

SHanny wants mobility.  Nonis gets Polak.  Does this not add up or is Polak a mobile guy.  Cant find enough footage to tell

Luke_R
Luke_R

Gardiner Phaneuf

Rielly Boyle

Brennan Polak

Granberg/ Holzer/ Ranger

JMAC17
JMAC17

@RandomScrub I would prefer 


Rielly - Phaneuf

Gardiner - Boyle

Polak - ____

Granberg..ect..

ingy56
ingy56

@lukethenuke Idiot, perfect spot for him and it's a great town. No pressure there, the fans love every player they have. What an asshole. 

Luke_R
Luke_R

I guess here is our answer lol

RandomScrub
RandomScrub

@lukethenuke Polak is a decent skater. Better than Komi or Gleason were. So he's pretty mobile for a big guy.

RandomScrub
RandomScrub

@CanuckUKinToronto @ShiftyD Don't know if it's so much how they view Reimer rather than they could possibly get something for Reimer that could help now. Like a package with Franson or so.

ingy56
ingy56

@4evrblue @Dewy Keon Hogturd I think they paid the premium of a pick and retained salary strictly because Polak's a R shot. Nonis better remember this when he deals Franson. 

JMAC17
JMAC17

@4evrblue @Dewy Keon Hogturd think people are making too much of the pick and $$$...its not ideal to lose those assets in the deal...but we shifted the feel of our d today.


Nonis said he will be a 5th guy for them and they will be active in FA...suggesting another d man could be added.


Gunner was holding up Gardiner and Reily...I like the move

NotInsane
NotInsane

@JMAC17

Word from Dreger is Ranger will not be returning.  I think he's right.

NotInsane
NotInsane

@RandomScrub

Skating hopefully separates him from the Gleasons and Komisareks of the world.