NHL Draft Week!

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2013 NHL Draft

A dearth of links to share in Leafs news, but things are going to heat up this week headed toward the buyout period and the Draft.

Something that could speed up the wait – the Bruins losing out tomorrow night. They’re in big trouble, on the brink and likely without Bergeron.

A good read from a few days ago – Leafs prospects gain playoff experience in time of transition.

Here is the latest from Nonis, if you missed it. It’s hard to tell if he’s suggesting a Bernier acquisition is in the cards or if he’s just doing his due diligence. He far from dismissed the possibility, though.

One of the less talked about centers tabbed to go in the early second half of the first round – Alexander Wennberg.

  • HeatherRickAkin

    If you believe the hype, it looks like you could legitimately land a high end prospect (ie top 6 forward) with the 21st pick . That being so, unless the Leafs can pull off a blockbuster trade and move into the top 7, I doubt they will try to move up. My guess is they take a kid like Mantha  who is a bit of a gamble due to a lack of intensity at times. But, he is 18 and has a very high ceiling. A huge kid who can skate and has a scorers touch. You don’t develop those things….either ya got them or ya don’t. Meanwhile, looks like LA have smartly been able to create a bidding war for Bernier, who goes RFA in two weeks. You have to wonder if they can actually move him for a player with Frattin’s upside . We will know soon enough.

    • Bobsyouruncle

      HeatherRickAkin Yep, they’ll have to act fast when the time comes. The offer-sheet though usually impractical looks like a good move here for some team in need of a goalie. Can’t see the Kings waiting that long though.

    • daniel marois

      -Keon- HeatherRickAkin 
      It’s huge.  I would like to think the Leafs have some justification on their interest.  They have obviously been scouting him a long time.  And noted reporters like LeBrun and Bob MacKenzie say the Leafs interest is legit.

    • Knights2Leafs

      HeatherRickAkin 
      The other problem with trading for Bernier is the cap implication.  No guarantee he is going to sign at a reasonable price and the next 3 weeks are going to be crazy with the work all the GMs are going to have to do.  This year in particular the RFAs will be slow in getting signed.  Then we run the risk of a team like Philly throwing an offer sheet at us.  Bernier – upside, yes, cost, unknown.

  • MaxwellHowe

    I hope Frederick Gauthier is available at #21.  The Leafs have a dearth of upper end forward talent – in particular at centre.

    • daniel marois

      MaxwellHowe 
      I agree.  They desperately need depth at centre ice and even though Gauthier projects to be a 10-15 goalscorer/30-40 point NHLer, it’s his defensive play that will come in handy.  By no means a sexy pick.
      After watching last night’s game, however, I am even more inclined to consider Morgan Klimchuk at #21.  He reminds me of Patrick Kane or Jordan Eberle.  Smallish forward with tremendous hands.  He could hit 45-50 goals in the WHL next year.  I hope one of the Leafs WHL scouts pushes hard for this guy.

  • MaxwellHowe

    I hope Frederick Gauthier is available at #21.  The Leafs have a dearth of upper end forward talent – in particular at centre.

  • Zep2

    If Leaf Management interest in Bernier is real , it will be further testament of how poorly past management handled player development.
    The last very good goaltender the Leafs drafted and kept was the Cat. After him, management used its wallet instead of its brains , bringing in Cujo, the Eagle and a long list of bums
    Since Belfours retirement we’ve traded a #1 (Rask) for Raycroft,  and a 1st for Toskala . If they go after Bernier, it would be nice that for once they won the trade.

    • daniel marois

      Zep2 
      We have proven in the past for drafting good goalies (Rask/Reimer) and not out of the question they select Fucale at #21 if this Bernier situation does not come to fruition.

      • Zep2

        daniel marois Zep2 Unfortunately they traded Rask and seem to be not completely sold on Reimer.
        I like that Sparks kid. BTW

        • daniel marois

          Zep2 daniel marois 
          I know.  Leafs moved Rask because they needed to win now (under the MLSE motto back then of making the playoffs at all costs) and felt Raycroft was an upgrade on a goalie they felt they couldn’t sign and were chicken to trade Pogge who was just coming off winning a gold medal for Canada and winning the award as WHL and CHL goalie of the year.

        • daniel marois

          Zep2 daniel marois 
          It just seems they are really high on Bernier and the trade deadline proved they feel they need insurance in net when they inquired about Kiprusoff from Calgary.

    • daniel marois

      Zep2 
      If anything, the Leafs could convince Calgary (who picks right after the Leafs at #22) they will take Fucale and make a deal to swap first rounders and gain Calgary’s high second round pick.  That would be the way to go in my opinion.  My bet is Calgary wants to select Fucale with one of their low second rounders.

  • Dink

    who is this Bernier guy anyway? lol

  • Dink

    I have little faith in the pick the Leafs have, I hope they package it in some deal for a proven player…the time is now !

    • daniel marois

      @Dink 
      I think people are overvaluing this pick at #21.  This pick only becomes valuable to teams picking #22-30 who feel they guys they want will be picked after the Leafs selection.  At best, the Leafs swap first rounders with on of these teams picking low and gains an additional second rounder.

  • Dink

    Random Thoughts:
    Jays win 10 in a row and still in last
    Who hoists the cup if Toews can’t for Chicago
    Why does my spleen hurt?
    Players being discussed here will never be Leafs, but there will be significant changes.
    That final sure is physical, holy moley.
    I miss the Expos.
    I can’t wait to see who Marlies get for a coach.
    After Wednesday, the real fun starts…

    • Zep2

      @Dink I was a huge Expos fan but cant help cheering on the Jays . With Lawrie on the sidelines and bautista not whining, they are a likeable team.
      The series is physical but the Bruins get away with too much. The Boychuck hit is going to be reviewed, its a hit to the head, case closed
      Id like to see the Hawks win the Cup for the that reason. The Bruins cross the line too often , if they win, other teams will emulate them
      How exciting a series would the Leafss/ Hawks of been . Hockey at the speed of light

      • daniel marois

        Zep2 
        Wht!?  Then Leafs would be picking at #29 instead of #21??!  Who would want to trade for their first rounder then??!?  LOL

        • Zep2

          daniel marois Zep2 It would have been a hoot, watching Dion hoist the Cup and picking 30th. Then trade it to Calgary along with a picture of Dion with Cup for their 6th overall

  • dutchman27

    I say we offer sheet rask just to cause Boston cap grief.

    • Cameron19

      dutchman27 I think he’ll cause them grief all on his own.

      • Burtonboy

        Cameron19 dutchman27 Yeah he’s going to get a big payday next yr. Their backup is a pending UFA aw well

    • Knights2Leafs

      dutchman27 
      lol – how many firsts will it cost us this time?  We might miss out on another Sequins and Dougie.

    • Loric76

      dutchman27 Or convince Holmgren to

      • 4evrblue

        Loric76 dutchman27 don’t need to convince him, I’m sure he has himself convinced already

  • Knights2Leafs

    TheCanucksnaphook 
    Phook – played my first full 18 since November of 2010 (health issues and injury).  Shot an 82 while finishing with a double and a bogey (my own version of the last 10 minutes of game 7).  I’m coming after you at the MLHS Championship.

    • Knights2Leafs

      TheCanucksnaphook
      We’ll see, just happy to be able to play.  Saw a clinic back in May by Mike Malaska, 2011 PGA Teacher of the year and it was awesome.  Just watching and listening to him for 3 hours has got me back to swinging the club naturally like when you were 14 years old.  Unbelievable in simplifying the game.  I’m getting his book – I Feel Your Pain.

    • Knights2Leafs

      TheCanucksnaphook
      I like hearing about your connections.  Malaska has no problem for complex theories for elite golfers – just that it f…….s up the average golfer.

  • daniel marois

    TheCanucksnaphook 
    He might be.  Would be a solid pick-up.  I am more and more leaning towards a prospect like Klimchuk. Like, Reilly, I think he can be a homerun.  Much like Pat Kane and Eberle, he may be small but can fill the net.  Can’t have enough elite scoring skill on your team.

    • 4evrblue

      daniel marois TheCanucksnaphook petan is another small but high scoring player ranked as a late 1st. 120pts in 71gp is impressive

      • daniel marois

        4evrblue daniel marois TheCanucksnaphook 
        Yes.  I am all over that.  I like Petan and wish we had two first rounders so we can take a chance on him.  But Morgan Klimchuk seems to be a player like Shinkurak who can score at the NHL level.

      • 4evrblue

        daniel marois 4evrblue TheCanucksnaphook I thought we were talking about swinging for the fences though? They seem like safer picks to me.

      • 4evrblue

        TheCanucksnaphook 4evrblue now you’re talkin. c’mon Leafs, trade for Vinny to buy him out!!! :)

      • Burtonboy

        TheCanucksnaphook 4evrblue I wouldn’t take the risk of having him get injured and be stuck with that contract

      • Burtonboy

        TheCanucksnaphook 4evrblue I wouldn’t take the risk of having him get injured and be stuck with that contract

      • rockydundas

        TheCanucksnaphook 4evrblue I like this swing for the fences talk. I’ve always said…take the highest skilled player in the first few rounds. No sense drafting a ‘sure fire’ third liner in the first round…you can get those off the waiver wire if you need to….

      • daniel marois

        rockydundas TheCanucksnaphook 4evrblue 
        Agreed.  Taking players like Klimchuk or Fucale at #21 is definetely swinging for the fences.  Perhaps even a player like Petan.

      • Knights2Leafs

        TheCanucksnaphook
        If it was permanent, then he’d be like Pronger.  If he was simply injured at the end of next year, like a shoulder, then he can be bought out but you’d be stuck with him when he’s better.  Like Heatley.

      • TheCanucksnaphook

        Knights2Leafs  Then forget it Vinny.  Enjoy our money on South beach.

    • daniel marois

      TheCanucksnaphook daniel marois 
      You mean at the #21 pick?  That would be someone like Domi and he is not falling that far.  I think the bold move at #21 is taking Fucale (provided the Leafs are no longer on Bernier).  You solve your goaltending depth without trading assets.

    • 4evrblue

      TheCanucksnaphook daniel marois *crosses fingers* we’ll find out soon enough if all this huge buyout business has any actual wheels. then when we find out it doesn’t we’ll start talking about it being possible for next year 😀

    • Knights2Leafs

      daniel marois
      He could be the next Patrick Roy, but it’s just too hard to project how a 17 year old will do 4 or 5 years down the road.  I’m wondering if he might be overrated because he played on one of the best junior teams of all time.

    • daniel marois

      Knights2Leafs daniel marois 
      Absoluetly.  That is the fear.  But his upside his high and that is one of the gutsy picks you make that low in the first round.  Brodeur was drafted by NJ right around where the Leafs are picking.