DRAFT DAY!

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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 for four years and it’s the same Leafs draft team sans Burke. But for what it’s worth, I’ve amassed Dave Nonis’ drafting record as Canucks GM after the jump:

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So: a good 2004, and very shitty 2006 and 2007 drafts.

In terms of the national background of his draft selections: Before last year’s draft, Michael calculated the percentage of Europeans Burke drafted over his previous 7 drafts and it came out to a mere 15.9 percent (8 out of 52, with no Russians, Slovaks or Czechs selected). Nonis’ four drafts in Vancouver saw his draft team select eight Europeans in 24 selections, which is 33.3%.

Onto some draft day links…

Hockey’s Future Leafs Draft Preview. Yep, strong on D and depth forwards, high-end skill needed.

The Leafs have qualified all over their RFAs thereby retaining their rights. Fraser rejected his QO as it was a two-way deal.

The Leafs met with soon-to-be free agent Vincent Lecavalier yesterday, as did half of the league. The Leafs, Canadiens, Blues, Ducks, Stars and Flyers all met with Vinny in New York, with the Flames and Wings on deck for tomorrow and the Panthers planning to meet with him post draft.

Kris Letang update from Pierre Lebrun.

Broad Street Hockey takes a shot at measuring the strength of competition among the top CHL prospects in today’s draft class. Klimchuk and Petan show well among the late-first round prospects.

Here’s a good profile on Nicolas Petan.

Nathan Horton will hit free agency and there’s talk of Tyler Seguin being in the market (Do I have to say it)? The Lightning apparently are interested.

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  • http://stores.ebay.ca/UncleJakesCards?_rdc=1 unclejakescards

    happy draft day leafers !!

  • Optimustic

    Looking forward to the moves ( if any ) to fill our holes as much as the draft.  It’s been so quiet so far that once someone makes a move it could start a lot of change.  Seems we’ve been saying the same thing for sometime now, but eventually the balloon will pop.

    • 4evrblue

      Optimustic I’m looking forward to the trade around the league, not just with the leafs. A lot of interesting names floating around out there.

      • Optimustic

        4evrblue Optimustic For sure, some I’m interested in and some not so much.  Letang doesn’t interest me for the Leafs if we have to give up Phaneuf to get him, but it will be interesting to see where he ends up.   Lecavalier, I’d take on a short term deal, but I’m hoping we get a different 1C soon.

  • Dink

    Glad there is a race today, get my mind off all this inactivity

    • http://stores.ebay.ca/UncleJakesCards?_rdc=1 unclejakescards

      @Dink wat race ??

      • Dink

        unclejakescards  Nascar at Kentucky, was rained out last night

        • http://stores.ebay.ca/UncleJakesCards?_rdc=1 unclejakescards

          @Dink unclejakescards haaaaa koool , i can watch it ….

        • http://stores.ebay.ca/UncleJakesCards?_rdc=1 unclejakescards

          unclejakescards wat time ?

        • Dink

          unclejakescards  starts at noon

        • http://stores.ebay.ca/UncleJakesCards?_rdc=1 unclejakescards

          @Dink unclejakescards great , thx

        • Burtonboy

          unclejakescards Morning folks . Can’t say i understand the appeal of Nascar racing. Round and round and round we go. Boring lol.  I understand the tail gate parties are the best going though.

        • http://stores.ebay.ca/UncleJakesCards?_rdc=1 unclejakescards

          Burtonboy unclejakescards i think its something you have to grow up with … my family been in dirt racing since 40’s .

        • Dink

          unclejakescards Burtonboy my family been short trackers

        • http://stores.ebay.ca/UncleJakesCards?_rdc=1 unclejakescards

          @Dink unclejakescards kool , where at

        • Dink

          unclejakescards northeast usa

        • Dink

          unclejakescards and into NB

        • http://stores.ebay.ca/UncleJakesCards?_rdc=1 unclejakescards

          @Dink unclejakescards nice . dirts for racin , asphalt is for gettin there

        • Burtonboy

          @Dink unclejakescards Burtonboy We have a short track close by here (Geary NB )I went once but really didn’t like it a lot. Pretty decent crowds though for this area

        • http://stores.ebay.ca/UncleJakesCards?_rdc=1 unclejakescards

          Burtonboy unclejakescards alot of science and technology involved ….. can be tough ….. amazing rush tho .

        • http://stores.ebay.ca/UncleJakesCards?_rdc=1 unclejakescards

          @Dink truck series goin to eldora end of july , should be awesome . tried get tickets , sold out.

        • Optimustic

          unclejakescards We’re supposed to get a track here in the Niagara area soon.   It’s a step down from Nascar. but it’ll be interesting to see.  I’ll go once in a while to see what it’s like but I’ve never gotten into racing yet.

        • http://stores.ebay.ca/UncleJakesCards?_rdc=1 unclejakescards

          Optimustic unclejakescards ya, there been talk about that for long time , hoping they do .

        • http://stores.ebay.ca/UncleJakesCards?_rdc=1 unclejakescards

          Optimustic unclejakescards the greatest track on the planet is eldora . tony stewart just bought it few years ago , the truck series will be there end of july , will be the show of the year ….

        • Optimustic

          unclejakescards Optimustic It finally received approval recently, so it looks like it will happen.  So many who lived right there didn’t like the noise and commotion that it may create, but Fort Erie needs something like this badly.  Since the OJC abandoned the Race Track ( horse racing ) there isn’t much here.

        • http://stores.ebay.ca/UncleJakesCards?_rdc=1 unclejakescards

          Optimustic unclejakescards thats great , if they build it i will come ….

        • Optimustic

          unclejakescards Optimustic Where is Eldora?   I know there’s a track in the States near Rochester, not sure what it’s called though.

        • http://stores.ebay.ca/UncleJakesCards?_rdc=1 unclejakescards

          Optimustic unclejakescards rossburg , ohio .

        • Optimustic

          unclejakescards Optimustic I see, I just googled it.  http://www.eldoraspeedway.com/   Thanks though.

        • http://stores.ebay.ca/UncleJakesCards?_rdc=1 unclejakescards

          Optimustic unclejakescards they have a race there every year called prelude to the dream , the nascar drivers race latemodels , its shown on ppv .

        • Optimustic

          unclejakescards Optimustic Neat, are they all truck races?  I’m watching the video posted on the speedway’s web site.  The short track makes the race more challenging it seems.

        • http://stores.ebay.ca/UncleJakesCards?_rdc=1 unclejakescards

          Optimustic unclejakescards oh no , eldora has, sprints , late models, modifieds ,street stocks  . the nascar truck series is goin there for 1st time , 1st race on a dirt track .

        • http://stores.ebay.ca/UncleJakesCards?_rdc=1 unclejakescards

          Optimustic if the video is of one truck on the track, thats tony stewart in it , test session …

        • http://stores.ebay.ca/UncleJakesCards?_rdc=1 unclejakescards

          Optimustic and tony races there once in a while , in a sprint or latemodel , almost always finishes top 5 .

  • 4evrblue

    Nonis’ draft record is crazy. There are guys on there from Russia……. weird

    • Dink

      4evrblue pretty lame picks, maybe he should trade it..lol

  • peterbleafs

    So what picks do we have today?

    • 4evrblue

      peterbleafs didn’t read the blog?

      • peterbleafs

        4evrblue peterbleafs Damn, skimmed over that, thanks!

        • 4evrblue

          peterbleafs 4evrblue no problem at all

  • Burtonboy

    Well lets see if these GM’s who sure talked the talk yesterday can actually walk the walk today. Not holding my breath

    • http://stores.ebay.ca/UncleJakesCards?_rdc=1 unclejakescards

      Burtonboy you thinkin the buyouts and ufa killing the trade market ???

      • Burtonboy

        unclejakescards Burtonboy Nope . The problem is the cap going down . Taking on salary is very difficult and the GM’s are having a hard time pulling the trigger

        • http://stores.ebay.ca/UncleJakesCards?_rdc=1 unclejakescards

          Burtonboy unclejakescards ya, that too , lolol , honestly dont care what other teams do , just want leafs to make great moves or stand pat ….

  • WendelGilmour

    As far as the draft goes I’m not familiar enough with most of the prospects to have much of an opinion, so I’ll have to trust Morrison to get the best player available. It’s starting to look like there will be more smoke than fire today, so I don’t expect much.
    Before the season starts I would like to see Nonis upgrade Mac, Bozak, Grabs, add a 4th liner who can play, get us a 2D. If we can get a Statsny, or Lecavalier to bridge a year or two before Naz is 1C, great. If not I’m perfectly fine with putting him with Lups and Kessel right now. 
    I’m really hoping Nonis stays the course and adds to the core of Kadri, Kessel, Lups, JVR, Gards, Reilly. Add a kid, or two, like Colborne for the next couple of years and we’ll be in great shape.

    • Burtonboy

      WendelGilmour If the Leaf can find the right pieces they can make room by using both compliance buyouts. I think there’s very close to enough cash in regular buyouts and salary retention to come close to getting Dion and Phil signed next yr. That with a little bit of an increase is cap next yr should get it done. Question for me is will Nonis be aggressive enough to pull the trigger

      • WendelGilmour

        Agreed, Bboy. Perhaps the Bernier acquisition is a sign Nonis will be more aggressive than in the past.
        Did you have any opportunity to see any of the highly ranked kids in the Q?

        • Burtonboy

          WendelGilmour Unfortunately not this yr.

        • WendelGilmour

          Sounds like there are some good ones.
          Jeff Marreck claims Rychel plays a similar style to Wendel (no, he did not say he was as good), in that he will score, hit, and fight. Mantha intrigues me too.

        • Burtonboy

          WendelGilmour Some really good players in this draft from 16 to 50 from everything I’ve read

        • Knights2Leafs

          WendelGilmour 
          Man, I wouldn’t want to have the Wendel comparison hanging over my head if I were Rychel.  I’ve only seen him a few times and he’s a decent player, but I don’t ever recall thinking he was a tough player or that he intimidated anyone on the ice.

        • Burtonboy

          Knights2Leafs WendelGilmour Seems like all Knights fans don’t like Rychel lol

        • WendelGilmour

          Agreed. Didn’t the Knights originally draft him even though his dad owns the Spits? I seem to remember a bit of a controversy when he came out of Bantam.

        • Knights2Leafs

          Burtonboy
          Honestly BB, I’d be okay if we took him.  I hear the rumours about him but I don’t dislike him as a player. It’s always the ones you don’t know much about that seem enticing like Gauthier, Mantha etc.  At least Rychel has a decent pedigree.

  • Knights2Leafs

    Blockbuster #1:
    Toronto trades JVR (I love him, but so would the Avs), Franson, our 1st this year and our 1st next year for the 1st overall
    We sign Horton and re-sign MacA and our top 6 are:
    Lupul – Kadri – Kessel
    MacA – Mackinnon – Horton

    • WendelGilmour

      Haha, that would be nice. I’m warming to Horton, isn’t he from the area?

    • wendelsfist

      Knights2Leafs The more I look at JVR’s contract, the more important he will become in the future.  If you look at the bruins and espeicallyl the hawks, they have great players locked up at reasonable cap rates and avoided paying Keith and towes and cane a bazillion dollars that crosby, malkin and letang (?) get.

      • Knights2Leafs

        wendelsfist
        Oh, I agree.  I just see Mackinnon as a guy that will be a true franchise player and for once I’d like to see the Leafs get a guy like that.

  • WendelGilmour

    I wonder what their draft record is with Gillis? My bet is worse. They also made a mess of Hodgson when they did draft him.

  • Scottish Leaf

    I cannot wait for this, I’ve been playing NHL 13 all day trying to kill time