Dave Morrison on Leafs 2013 draftees

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 [Pierre Rioux, amateur scout] does a great job covering the league [QMJHL] 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 was pretty well known it was a pretty strong year for that league, so we were there quite a bit, Rimouski specifically. I’m happy for that league; I don’t know if it was a record year for that league or close to it… “

“It was such a good year in the Q and it was obviously heavily scouted not just by us but 29 other teams. I think it was a great crop of kids and Frederik was on our radar pretty early. We kept a close eye on him and are obviously very happy we got him… there’s a lot more attention to defence [in the QMJHL] than there was 20, 30 years ago. It is what it is; there is no perfect style, but we’re seeing a bit of a different breed of player and that’s good for the league.”

On Frederik Gauthier:

“Pierre had seen him the year before, but he was committed to going to Harvard I think at that point. I think, at that time, he had been a football player, too. He really didn’t know he was that good of a hockey player. I mean, he knew he could play the game obviously, but I don’t think he knew how good he was. And then he got heavily recruited by Rimouski by some of the bigger named people who have played in Rimouski previously. I think once he got there he jumped on the scene pretty quickly. He had a very very good first half. He seemed to tire a bit in the second half, which I think is normal or a kid who is not use to that type of grind. Then he came back in April at the World Championships and had a really good tournament.”

“I put him more as a two-way guy, but certainly he’s very, very good in his own zone. He’s responsible, he’s good on faceoffs. I would say he’s got a developing offensive game. His totals are good for a first year guy in the league. I thought in the tournament he came up with some pretty big plays at big times. We’re hopeful he can develop that part of his game, but yeah we like his size, we like his all-around game.

Carter Verhaeghe:

“I kind of put him in that Josh Leivo category, where he was really a late bloomer in terms of when his development really started to take off. We thought in the second half we really saw signs of him coming on, especially in the playoffs vs. Oshawa. We also thought he had a really good tournament over there. He played in more of a third or fourth line role but he played really well and we kept a close eye on him. He’s got some size potential, still a kid that could put on quite a bit of weight and get stronger. So we’re hopeful.”

Fabrice Herzog:

“He’s big. He can skate. He’s not afraid of physical play and goes hard to the net. Our European scouts, specifically Peter Ihnacak was very high on him. He was sort of in my ear quite a bit this year about him… I think he’s giong to be available for the import draft, but that’s something between him and his agent that we’ll follow up on. I think at this point he’s open to coming.”

Antoine Bibeau:

“He sort of took over the number one job there, culiminating with an invite to Canada’s tryout camp. They only took three goalies and I don’t think he made it, but he’s big.. I don’t think there were many big goalies available this year.. He’s one of the bigger bodies. I had Mike Palmateer follow him a couple of times this year. I saw him myself as well as Pierre and Alan. Al Jensen from Central Scouting had a lot of time for him. We just thought he was one of those kids we would like to have in our system to see if he can do anything because we think he has a lot of potential.”

Andreas Johnson:

“He is a skilled, strong winger. Not tall, but he’s got a thicker build. Very intelligent and skilled. We’ve been fortunate with some of the guys we’ve taken from over there, and our North American guys who saw him really liked him, too. We just wanted to take a chance on that skill.”

  • Doorman

    I want Vinny and Clarkson!!!  Then we are Good!  Thats All!!!  Fuck Bozi and his 8 year deal!  lol

    • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ Radar O’Rielly

      Doorman Vinny signed in Philly 5 years 4.5m per, per Dregs

      • rustynail

        Radar O’Rielly Doorman with a full NMC

      • rustynail

        Radar O’Rielly Doorman with a full NMC

        • Burtonboy

          rustynail Radar O’Rielly Doorman Dodged a bullet me thinks

        • mcloki

          Burtonboy rustynail Radar O’Rielly Doorman yup. Philly needs to stop the wheeling dealing.

        • rustynail

          Burtonboy rustynail Radar O’Rielly Doorman no shit and the fglyers have used up all their compliance buy outs

  • theacs1966

    Vinny’s in Philly

  • rustynail

    https://twitter.com/Real_ESPNLeBrunhttps://twitter.com/Real_ESPNLeBrun/status/352199312995921921
    So between what’s left that Tampa has to pay in buyout plus his new deal in Philly, Lecavalier has $55.17 M coming his way

    • Black_Hawk

      rustynail he signed in PHILLY???

      • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

        Black_Hawk rustynail Yup

      • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

        Black_Hawk rustynail Yup

    • Black_Hawk

      rustynail fuck i wish we could have got him at the price they got him

    • Black_Hawk

      rustynail fuck i wish we could have got him at the price they got him

      • rustynail

        Black_Hawk rustynail 5 year full NMC? nope

        • Black_Hawk

          rustynail Black_Hawk 4.5 is good though

        • Black_Hawk

          rustynail Black_Hawk 4.5 is good though

        • rustynail

          Black_Hawk rustynail 5 years and full NMC is not

        • rustynail

          Black_Hawk rustynail 5 years and full NMC is not

        • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

          rustynail Black_Hawk Looks like it’s a 4 year deal…still though.

        • rustynail

          ingy56 rustynail Black_Hawk so 5.5 per

        • rustynail

          ingy56 rustynail Black_Hawk so 5.5 per

        • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

          rustynail ingy56 Black_Hawk 4.5 per according to CapGeek…seen a few tweets with the same number too

        • rustynail

          ingy56 rustynail Black_Hawk I keep seeing 22.5 million

        • rustynail

          ingy56 rustynail Black_Hawk I keep seeing 22.5 million

        • Black_Hawk

          rustynail ingy56 Black_Hawk 22.5 divided by 5 is 4.5 M

        • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

          rustynail ingy56 Black_Hawk Yeah, Dreger keeps saying 5 years…how accurate is CapGeek?

        • rustynail

          Black_Hawk rustynail ingy56 so its 5 years as I said

        • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

          rustynail Black_Hawk ingy56 How accurate is Dreger? LOL

        • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

          rustynail Black_Hawk ingy56 How accurate is Dreger? LOL

      • rustynail

        Black_Hawk rustynail 5 year full NMC? nope

  • rustynail

    https://twitter.com/Real_ESPNLeBrunhttps://twitter.com/Real_ESPNLeBrun/status/352199312995921921
    So between what’s left that Tampa has to pay in buyout plus his new deal in Philly, Lecavalier has $55.17 M coming his way

  • Beleafer29

    One of my 7 month old twin daughters ( Big Leafs Fans) is CRYING HER ASS OFF!!!  My wife wants to know why she is crying, I said she is PISSED WE DIDN’T SIGN VINNY!!!
    My wife asks who is VINNY?  Chicks!!

    • -Keon-

      Tell her, Barbarino

    • Beleafer29

      -Keon- Gambini you mean!

      • Beleafer29

        -Keon- My cousin Vinny

      • ProfessorRance

        Beleafer29 -Keon- Vin Diesel.

      • ProfessorRance

        Beleafer29 -Keon- Vin Diesel.

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ Radar O’Rielly

    Kind of glad this is over,  Nonis can move on.

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ Radar O’Rielly

    Kind of glad this is over,  Nonis can move on.

  • rustynail

    https://twitter.com/mirtlehttps://twitter.com/mirtle/status/352198674236968962
    Here’s the Flyers cap situation, as best I can figure out http://t.co/0t8p6DU3WB

    • Black_Hawk

      rustynail lol

  • rustynail

    https://twitter.com/mirtlehttps://twitter.com/mirtle/status/352198674236968962
    Here’s the Flyers cap situation, as best I can figure out http://t.co/0t8p6DU3WB

  • http://twitter.com/jmckelvie RielledUp

    Get Stastny and Clarkson now ehhh?

    • theacs1966

      RielledUp If we’re going to pay 6..6 for a C he better be a lot better then Stastny

      • http://twitter.com/jmckelvie RielledUp

        theacs1966 RielledUp He has one year left on that contract.

        • theacs1966

          RielledUp theacs1966 We might as well sign Bozak at that price him being a FA is not a selling point.  IF that was all we needed for the cup, then yes, otherwise, no.

        • theacs1966

          RielledUp theacs1966 We might as well sign Bozak at that price him being a FA is not a selling point.  IF that was all we needed for the cup, then yes, otherwise, no.

        • theacs1966

          RielledUp theacs1966 We might as well sign Bozak at that price him being a FA is not a selling point.  IF that was all we needed for the cup, then yes, otherwise, no.

        • theacs1966

          RielledUp theacs1966 We might as well sign Bozak at that price him being a FA is not a selling point.  IF that was all we needed for the cup, then yes, otherwise, no.

        • http://twitter.com/jmckelvie RielledUp

          theacs1966 RielledUp Stastny is way better than Bozak.

        • http://twitter.com/jmckelvie RielledUp

          theacs1966 RielledUp Stastny is way better than Bozak.

        • theacs1966

          RielledUp theacs1966 2-3 years ago, and not enough better for 6.6, plus Clarkson, thats 10 mil right there.

        • theacs1966

          RielledUp theacs1966 2-3 years ago, and not enough better for 6.6, plus Clarkson, thats 10 mil right there.

        • theacs1966

          RielledUp theacs1966 Rather sign Briere for a short term to help break in Kadri as our 1C

        • theacs1966

          RielledUp theacs1966 Rather sign Briere for a short term to help break in Kadri as our 1C

        • http://twitter.com/jmckelvie RielledUp

          theacs1966 RielledUp Stop being so worried about how much he costs. He has one year left on his contract. HE needs a change of scenery. You do realize the guy is only 28.

        • theacs1966

          RielledUp theacs1966 ya, I don’t care how much if he was a 90 pt player, but he’s not.

        • http://twitter.com/jmckelvie RielledUp

          theacs1966 RielledUp Hahahahaha since when do 90 point players make 6.6 million ol man?

        • http://twitter.com/jmckelvie RielledUp

          theacs1966 RielledUp Hahahahaha since when do 90 point players make 6.6 million ol man?

        • http://twitter.com/jmckelvie RielledUp

          theacs1966 RielledUp Hahahahaha since when do 90 point players make 6.6 million ol man?

        • theacs1966

          RielledUp theacs1966 Since when you we pay 6.6 for a 48 point centre?

        • theacs1966

          RielledUp theacs1966 Since when you we pay 6.6 for a 48 point centre?

        • theacs1966

          RielledUp theacs1966 We have one of them he called Bozak, and he only wants 5 mil.

        • theacs1966

          RielledUp theacs1966 We have one of them he called Bozak, and he only wants 5 mil.

        • http://twitter.com/jmckelvie RielledUp

          theacs1966 RielledUp Oh god I love when people go to hockeydb to try and make an argument.

        • http://twitter.com/jmckelvie RielledUp

          theacs1966 RielledUp Oh god I love when people go to hockeydb to try and make an argument.

    • theacs1966

      RielledUp If we’re going to pay 6..6 for a C he better be a lot better then Stastny