Leafs draft Carter Verhaeghe in third round

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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 by Niagara coach and GM Marty Williamson .. the Waterdown, Ontario native was selected 38th overall in the 2011 OHL Priority Selection .. skilled and creative pivot with decent size and fast hands .. still working on developing a consistent compete level .. lacks urgency at times – and can be tentative about engaging in heavy board battles .. not strong enough yet – his upper body largely un-developed .. needs the luxury of open ice to create – and exploit solid puckhandling abilities and good offensive vision .. also packs a quick shooting release – and is proficient at face-offs .. bears down and wins a majority of draws .. skating holds him back however.. propels on a wide, bow-legged stance that provides average mobility and limited first-step quickness .. must work on his agility and making stronger, tighter turns .. operated outside the main spotlight – behind a strong top line that drew a bulk of the checking attention .. will assume center stage with the likes of Ryan Strome graduating – though his game is still not without questions.”

Related reading: Waterdown’s Verhaege gaining points at U18 Championship.

  • mORRganRielly

    One day, I’ll learn to pronounce his name.  But not now.

    • Pent_House

      mORRganRielly Ver-Hay-Gee

      • mORRganRielly

        Pent_House So really complicated, eh?

        • Loric76

          mORRganRielly Pent_House what’s his background?  Dutch?

        • Pent_House

          Loric76 mORRganRielly Pent_House I thought it was a scottish/irish surname but I’m note sure

        • Loric76

          Pent_House Loric76 mORRganRielly ya it could be, has a gaelic sound to it

  • Mattmark

    Doesn’t sound too promising.  Lacks size, strength, speed and willingness to compete.  Good hands when nobody’s on him.

    • dlb eh

      Mattmark 
      sounds like Seguin but for the speed.

    • Mattmark

      -Keon- He’s no midget but at 180 he’s no behemoth either.  The report suggests he’ll never be a power forward and that his skating is questionable too.  A few of us were hoping we’d use this pick to draft an unheralded European with some genuine speed and stickhandling skill.

  • Loric76

    bit of a hail mary type project, can’t ask for much more late in the 3rd

  • skiingallday

    That’s nice that they drafted a kid who’s last name I will never properly pronounce. Sounds like a sneeze.

  • Loric76

    https://twitter.com/Real_ESPNLeBrunhttps://twitter.com/Real_ESPNLeBrun/status/351493317902598145
    Lecavalier is back home contemplating his many options. 3 more teams called today after he met with Detroit and Calgary this morning.

    • Tommy Cat

      Loric76 What team met with him for a hour?

  • Loric76

    https://twitter.com/Real_ESPNLeBrunhttps://twitter.com/Real_ESPNLeBrun/status/351493456222371843
    So that’s a dozen teams. Lecavalier camp hoping to narrow down choices to 3-4 teams within next 2 days or so

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ LeoTheLion

    Wow. Lot to process today. Can’t say I like Gauthier over  Shinkaruk, but Bolland is just about the perfect 3rd line C and we didn’t give up much to do it.

    • TOHockeyNut

      @LeoTheLion Just too high a cap hit for a third line player

      • xerosawyer

        TOHockeyNut You can’t plan everything based on next years cap, the cap is projected to go up 33% in the next four seasons.

      • xerosawyer

        TOHockeyNut You can’t base everything on next year’s cap, it will go up

    • dlb eh

      @LeoTheLion 
      Nonis commented he wouldn’t be cast in a specific role like he was in CHI.  might be just rhetoric, but Bolland, Kadri, Grabovski could all play in any line combo next year depending on who’s doing what well and with whom.

    • dlb eh

      @LeoTheLion 
      Nonis commented he wouldn’t be cast in a specific role like he was in CHI.  might be just rhetoric, but Bolland, Kadri, Grabovski could all play in any line combo next year depending on who’s doing what well and with whom.

  • Loric76

    https://twitter.com/HackswithHaggshttps://twitter.com/HackswithHaggs/status/351494633110507520
    Peter Chiarelli very blunt abt Tyler Seguin: “He needs to focus all his mind and energy on hockey. He needs to be a better pro” https://twitter.com/search?q=%23BruinsTalk&src=hash

    • newkb

      Guess they couldn’t move him and are now stuck with him and his hip.

      • -Keon-

        Price too high right now, it may come down

    • newkb

      Guess they couldn’t move him and are now stuck with him and his hip.

    • Uncle Otis

      -Keon- 
      Yep, not hard to read between those lines.
      PARRRTY-ler

      • Loric76

        Uncle Otis -Keon- should trade him to LA

      • Loric76

        Uncle Otis -Keon- should trade him to LA

      • Tommy Cat

        Loric76 Uncle Otis -Keon- He could cameo on LA Ink.

      • Tommy Cat

        Loric76 Uncle Otis -Keon- He could cameo on LA Ink.

    • leafmealone

      Loric76 It certainly seems like he’s taking any success for granted based on his early returns. Now he’s just expecting it to happen rather than making it happen. I hope he remains a smug douche and is out of hockey in the next 5 years.

  • Tommy Cat

    That goalie the habs took looks 12.

    • Glove Dropper

      Tommy Cat He seems awesome though.  Gives one of the best interviews I’ve seen of his class this year.

      • Tommy Cat

        Glove Dropper Tommy Cat Lets hope he gets traded early then.

      • dlb eh

        Glove Dropper Tommy Cat 
        i especially liked when he said “we’re all Habs fans”
        he’s a dick to me.  not interested.

      • dlb eh

        Glove Dropper Tommy Cat 
        i especially liked when he said “we’re all Habs fans”
        he’s a dick to me.  not interested.

        • skiingallday

          dlb eh Glove Dropper Tommy Cat He was talking about his family…..

  • Tommy Cat

    That goalie the habs took looks 12.