Rough Friday night for Leaf fans, but that’s in the past now. Rounds 2-7 of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft kicks off today at 1pm ET on NHL Network. The Maple Leafs are slated pick once in the 3rd round (62nd), once in the 4th round (112th), twice in the 5th round (122nd and 144th) and twice in the 7th round (182nd and 202nd).
Rumors are circulating that the Leafs will attempt to trade into the 2nd round if the price is reasonable.
This live blog will be updated with thoughts and pick analysis throughout the afternoon.
12:28 pm- Best available players still on the board:
John McFarland – OHL Sniper coming off a disappointing year, character concerns but tons of upside
Tyler Toffoli – High end offensive talent for the 67’s
John Merrill – Big, mobile American defender
Tyler Pitlick – Gritty two-way American center
Kirill Kabanov – One of the draft’s elite offensive talents, KHL concerns, nightmare ’09-’10 campaign
Stansilav Galiev – Sea Dogs’ winger, slick offensive player with playmaking ability
12:30 pm – Leafs have done very well for themselves in recent years on Day 2 of the draft. Notable late round selections in Gunnarsson, D’Amigo, Mikus, Stralman and White.
1:00 pm – Henricks reports that Stan Bowman and Brian Burke just wrappd up a discussion on the floor. Possible trade for one of the Hawk’s five 2nd round selections?
1:08 pm – McFarland finally off the board to the Panthers at #33. Great draft for them so far.
1:12 pm – John Merill falls all the way down to New Jersey at #38. What a steal.
1:18 pm – Here we go! Leafs acquire the 43rd pick for an unsigned draft choice. What the heck?
1:19 pm – Leafs take forward Brad Ross, a tenacious forward with some skill. Nice pick.
1:22 pm – Unsigned draft choice? Must be an NCAA kid like Hayes or D’Amigo.
1:24 pm – Must be Jimmy Hayes since Chicago has his brother Kevin.
1:27 pm – Los Angeles leap frogs Edmonton to grab Tyler Toffoli. Great job wheeling and dealing.
1:32 pm – Only 9 picks until Toronto’s next selection at 62. Beukeboom, Kabanov, Galiev, Shugg all still on the board.
1:46 pm – Burke and Lombardi talking. Leafs pick at 62 and the Kings pick at 70. Could we see a trade down?
1:47 pm – Toronto takes OHL sniper Greg McKegg with the 62nd pick. Didn’t think he would fall this far. 2nd line upside here, great selection.
2:03 pm – McKegg kind of got lost in the shuffle of talented OHL scorers, but he definitely belongs in those upper tiers. He was one of the league’s top players in the second half.
2:05 pm – Toronto trades into the 79th overall pick. Grabs Norwegian power forward Sondre Olden who played in Sweden this past year. Raw project pick with some nice offensive ability and two-way play. Gamble on upside here. Well worth it.
2:28 pm – Maple Leafs confirm that Jimmy Hayes will join his brother Kevin in the Chicago organization. Leaf fans breathe a sigh of relief as Jerry D’Amigo is still a Leaf.
2:36 pm – Rangers take Andrew Yogan with pick 100, a player I profiled during our MLHS preview series.
2:47 pmÂ – Toronto has just traded the 112th pick to Washington for the 116th and 146th picks.
2:55 pm – Leafs select Petter Granberg with pick 116, a 6’2 stay-at-home defenseman from Sweden. Similar style of game to Carl Gunnarsson. That’s two for Bergmann.
3:03 pm – Leafs trade the 122nd pick to Anaheim for checker Mike Brown.
3:25 pm – Leafs pick Brampton winger Sam Carrick at 144. Grinding forward who does a bit of everything. Safe pick.
3:27 pm – Leafs then select Swedish forward Daniel Brodin at 146. One of those tenacious players who was buzzing all over the ice for Sweden at the World Juniors. Another nice pick.
3:43 pm – Time for a small breather as Toronto doesn’t own a 6th round pick. The Leafs will pick twice in the 7th round. Based on the Swedish theme today and the Leafs’ love for size/projection, keep an eye on Brynas defenseman Simon Lof. Sebastien Stalberg, the brother of Viktor, is also available on the board.
4:15 pm – Leafs’ last pick of the day is Josh Nicolls from Saskatoon. They have traded their second 7th round selection to Edmonton for a 5th round pick in 2011.
Looks like we’re done for today.