Maple Leafs select John Piccinich 103rd overall

Maple Leafs select John Piccinich 103rd overall

The Maple Leafs have selected John Piccinich out of the USHL with their 103rd overall selection in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

Piccinich is a 6’0, 190-pound right winger from New Jersey who is committed to Boston University for next season. He was the 135th ranked skater according to the Central Scouting Service’s final rankings.

Boston University head coach David Quinn on Piccinich:

“Makes great plays in the offensive zone… strong on his skates and gets to the dirty areas… game translates well to college hockey… another guy who people will enjoy away from the rink.”

Dave Morrison on John Piccinich:

“He’s a real hungry goal scorer kind of kid. He’s got a real thick build. He’s not a tall kid, but he’s a thick kid. He can score. It’s what he does; he’s got real good puck poise around the net. He shoots well. He’s going right into Boston University, and BU is in transition.  They’re going to go with a lot of young players next year. He’s going to get every opportunity to get a significant role next year even, in his first year as a freshman. We like him as a kid; he’s got that twinkle in his eye. He loves the game, he loves to be at the rink, and he’s got that real good stick. We’re hopeful he’s going to jump right in there next year and keep that development going.”

John Piccinich Scouting Report

“Piccinich is a playmaker who has strong vision and creativity with the puck on his stick, especially when given time and space. He has good senses and a decent shot selection. Inconsistency in his efforts need to be ironed out. ”
- Elite Prospects

John Piccinich Stats

SEASON
TEAM
LEAGUE
GP
G
A
P
PIM
2012-2013YOUNGSTOWNUSHL63312154
2013-2014USA U-18USHL10000
2013-2014YOUNGSTOWNUSHL6027315831
Alec Brownscombe is the founder of MapleLeafsHotStove.com, where he has written daily about the Leafs since September of 2008. He was also the editor of the 2009-12 Maple Leafs Annuals. You can contact him at [email protected]

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49 comments
leafmealone
leafmealone

Anyone else think that trading for Polak means we might be buying out Gleason\?

deedrag
deedrag

This is great news? I'm feeling real good about Connor McDavid being reunited with Connor Brown now. 2015 draft is almost a lock.

Cameron19
Cameron19

Alec, Declin - Any tips to get livefyre working for me again? It's really frustrating not being able to see my posts for 3-5 minutes, and being way behind the conversation. Tried clearing my cache and all the browsers. 

wiski
wiski

So we didn't pick up a second I guess. 

Coldincowtown
Coldincowtown

I am surprised at all the Gunnar trade hand wringing. Do we really think we will even notice he is gone. Clearly Gardiner/Reilly are moving up the LD depth chart. I am happy to see a defensive minded tough RD man come back our way. As for the 4th round pick, meh, STL must have had some other offers that were comparable, but we will never know on that front. We need tougher D and tougher forwards. Step one of a few others I hope.

Mitch_S2
Mitch_S2

Looks like a solid pick, going to a good program. Upside and physicality.

Leafs_17
Leafs_17

@deedrag not with the changes that have been talked about to the draft 

Yan28
Yan28

Thats disappointing.

Luke_R
Luke_R

@Coldincowtown i wouldnt have minded the trade had it been a flip, but we give away a pick when we barely have any, and retain salary(?!?!) for nothing but a sideways deal.  Fuck.

If it was Polak for Gunner, i dont lose sleep as it changes our backend dynamic.  Remember Gunner prob wasnt gonna play with Dion this year, so maybe they liked Polak with Rielly or whoever down the chart

Mattmark
Mattmark

@Coldincowtown Yeah, what's a 4th round pick here, a second there, a free agent walking, a forced trade to avoid losing someone on waivers, etc.?  It all adds up to a frittering away of resources by non-astute management.

Cameron19
Cameron19

@Gilbey93 Who cares? He didn't pay any attention when we spent the last 5 years drafting more Ontario born players than any other team. 

Leafs_17
Leafs_17

@Gilbey93 who cares, they brought the Mimico twins and what good did that do us

leafmealone
leafmealone

@dlb Mad @leafmealone Seriously? 99% of the posts in this thread have nothing to do with the pick it's about. Yet you choose mine to be a nazi about?

wiski
wiski

@Yan28 No one wanted reimer or franson, we're gonna let everyone walk for nothing.

Mattmark
Mattmark

@lukethenuke @Coldincowtown Nonis really does seem inclined to pay a premium for the privilege of dealing with other teams.  Makes you think the word is out on him.  Hang tough, he'll cave!

Coldincowtown
Coldincowtown

@Mattmark @Cameron19 @Coldincowtown I'm not minimizing the pick, just saying we do not know what else STL had on the table and if we really wanted Polak that was probably the difference. In any case, you both missed my point, will we really miss gunnar. Get off the cliff, everything is fine. 

Leafs_17
Leafs_17

@dlb Mad @Leafs_17 the whole we need Ontario born players cause when they come to town on other teams rosters they play really well against us is mostly because its a one game deal, its a little different whens it 42 games of the season and the fans will beat you down if you fail in the slightness just once cause you have a Leaf jersey on.

Leafs_17
Leafs_17

@dlb Mad @Leafs_17 i do agree but as often as he is right more often he is wrong like the rest of the tv heads

DeclanK
DeclanK moderator

@Cameron19 @wiski @lukethenuke

Site is getting absolutely smoked with traffic right now and there are conversations going on every article. Livefyre was never meant to be live chat, which is what it essentially is on this right now. Tried on all the browsers and it works fine for me. 

I flushed all the caches for the site and that may free things up a bit (usually does).