2013 Entry Draft

2013 Entry Draft

The 2013 NHL Entry Draft Coverage from Maple Leafs Hot Stove. Player previews, draft picks and other information provided, as always, from MLHS. Join the conversation!

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Director of Amateur Scouting Dave Morrison is a great interview (video) when it comes to the Leafs prospects and the scouting process. In case you missed it, or if you prefer the written word, here's the transcript of his thoughts on each Leaf draftee from Sunday's draft. On scouting the QMJHL this season: “Pierre does a great job covering the league off. We also have Alan Power in the maritimes. Pierre is full time, Alan is part time, but between the two of them they really do a thorough job. In the Quebec league this year I think it...

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The old saying in hockey is that defense wins championships, and defense was the theme of the day for the Leafs yesterday even though they didn’t acquire a single defenseman. For Toronto, the day started off by selecting 6’4 Frederik Gauthier with their 21st overall pick. Gauthier started off the season hot with 10 goals and 20 points in his first 20 games, but he suffered a broken jaw that required surgery and struggled after that offensively, potting only 12 goals in his remaining 50 games. However, his effort was routinely noticeable defensively, as Gauthier worked hard to cut...

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The Leafs rounded out a busy day with three selections in the final three rounds. The final 2013 draft haul is 4 forwards and a goalie taken over five selections (2nd and 4th were traded for Bolland). The Leafs fifth round pick in the 2013 entry draft, Fabrice Herzog, is a 6-foot-1, 176-pound winger who has been plying his trade in the Swiss junior elite league for the past two seasons. He also appeared in 22 games for Zug of the top Swiss league last season, getting the chance to play on the same team as Henrik Zetterberg and Damien...

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The Leafs have selected 6'1, 180-pound center Carter Verhaeghe of the Niagara Ice Dogs with their 82nd overall pick. One of the younger members of the 2013 draft class (still 17 for another month and a half), the Ontario native recorded 44 points in 67 games this past season. The McKeen's Draft Guide (buy this book, btw) profile for Verhaeghe: "Broke through with an 18-goal sophomore effort - and further boosted his stock winning gold with Team Canada at the U18 Worlds (7-0-4-4) .. his confidence grew exponentially since the beginning of the season - encouraged to explore his offensive instincts...

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The Leafs opted for size and two-way ability down the middle at 21st overall, drafting a 6'5, 214-pounder out of Quebec in Frederik Gauthier. As a player who "needs to work on his offensive game" and who was under a PPG in the Q (worth noting that he broke his jaw during the season), this pick may be a little on the safe side compared to say, the higher offensive ceiling of Hunter Shinkaruk (who slid down and was available at 21). That said, there's no denying the value of a good centerman and the need for depth at...

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The Leafs will welcome ~seven new prospects into the organization over the course of the afternoon and evening. If it's all they do, that's fine by me. Some news and rumours tidbits from the past couple of hours: - Pierre Lebrun has dropped a Twitter bomb, quoting an NHL exec who says we'll see 10 trades today at least. - I bet the whole Letang to Toronto thing started with something like this - Letang's agent Kent Hughes said, "Contact that Rossi guy and let's drum up a rumour about Kris being discontented in Pittsburgh. Let's say he would like...

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The buzz as we approach the 3 p.m. draft is that Carolina's fifth overall pick is in play. Darren Dreger reports that the Maple Leafs have discussed a trade up scenario with Carolina but that it might cost the Leafs "Morgan Rielly as part of a package." Presumably the Leafs' 21st pick would also be involved, amounting to a pretty handsome price. Rielly was their fifth overall pick last June, so it would have to be a player they're really sold on if Nonis is giving up Rielly-plus for another fresh prospect. While it's important to keep in mind...

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Plenty of chatter but no moves so far this weekend. Regardless of the amount of trade activity today, it will be a busier draft day than usual with all 7 rounds going down today at the Prudential Centre starting at 3 p.m. EST. Coverage begins at 2:30 p.m. on TSN. As it stands now, the Leafs will pick in each round, selecting 21st, 51st, 82nd, 117th, 142nd, 172nd & 202nd today. I can't imagine much changes - Dave Morrison told us as much - with it being Nonis' first draft at the helm, given he was already an assistant GM...

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Bob McKenzie polled a bunch of NHL scouts about the top prospects of the draft class and tweeted the results. The following couple of tweets piqued my interest, as they mentioned a few prospects who are likely to figure into the Leafs range: Best agitator: Plymouth's Ryan Hartman with clear win but guy he fought in Prospects Game Kerby Rychel got a couple of votes. — Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 28, 2013   Best pure goal-scorer: Anthony Mantha with the win over Drouin, MacKinnon, Shinkaruk. Mantha scored 50 this season. — Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 28, 2013   It seems likely, given his upside, there will...

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ICYMI, check out part 1 here. 16th: Buffalo Sabres (from MIN) – ANTHONY - RYAN PULOCK With our second selection of the day at 16, the Sabres are proud to select Ryan Pulock. If I’m being honest, there are players still on the board I like better than Pulock, but considering I already drafted a forward for Buffalo, I felt I had to take a defenseman and Pulock was the guy. A lot of people thought he would be a top 10 pick going into the year, but his season was hindered by injuries, his team was worse, and it was his...

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Don't take this as our etched in stone mock draft projection, think of it more as a fun exercise for the sake of learning a little bit about the top prospects set to join NHL teams this Sunday. 1st: Colorado Avalanche - ALEX TRAN - NATHAN MACKINNON With the 1st pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, the Colorado Avalanche are pleased to select forward Nathan Mackinnon from the Halifax Mooseheads of the QMJHL. We believe Nate is the best player available in a very strong draft class. He is a brilliant offensive player with the kind of skillset that will...

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With a little over a week left until the NHL Draft, teams are going into crunch time as scouts race to finalize their draft rankings. These are the days where as a scout, you decide once and for all just how much you're to advocate for your player. Sometimes if a single scout's voice is loud enough, it may make all the difference in how high a surprise player can climb. Our next player has the potential to do exactly that - either you love him or you hate him - Val-d'Or forward Anthony Mantha. Anthony Mantha - Winger, Val-d'Or...

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As the playoffs head into their final weeks, it's become clear once again that size does matter. The ability to win battles along the boards, play a punishing physical game and own the front of the net has allowed the Boston Bruins to steamroll through the New York Rangers and now the Pittsburgh Penguins. I have no doubt that Maple Leafs is paying close attention and is eagerly counting down the days until the likes of Joe Colborne and Tyler Biggs are ready to suit up for the club on a full-time basis. Should they so choose, there may...

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Here we are, five weeks away from the draft and we are still waiting on the Leafs final draft position. At this point it seems like it’s going to be either 20th or 21st depending on whether or not the Red Wings can close out the Blackhawks. Either way, it certainly doesn’t match the fanfare of last season’s fifth overall pick and puts the Leafs back in the spot where they might choose the safe pick over shooting for high end talent. I can’t help but think the Leafs have the opportunity to land a top ten high end talent...

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It's that time of year again. With the 2013 NHL Draft just over a month away, let's start looking toward the next crop of exciting young stars. Barring any trades, the Maple Leafs are poised to select 21st overall after a successful season and noisy, albeit shortened, playoff run. To achieve any form of sustained success in today's NHL, organizations absolutely have to capitalize on their late first round selections in order to create a constant stream of affordable, quality talent to the big league team. With their strong depth across all levels of the farm system, the Maple...