Questions for Dave Morrison

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I will be conducting my annual interview with Maple Leafs Director of Amateur Scouting Dave Morrison later this afternoon.

Please post any suggested questions in the comments below.  Thanks.

  • Black_Hawk

    what where his surprises at the draft this year and what he thinks of the David Clarkson signing and choosing Bozak over Grabo.

  • Tommy Cat

    Was he surprised when Jones dropped to 4th.

  • Andersmi

    How did he get started in the business of hockey?

    • mORRganRielly

      Andersmi Check Wikipedia lol
      He played hockey at a high level for many years.  Upon retirement, was hired by Vancouver to join their scouting staff.  In 2004, he moved to Toronto and joined the Leafs as an area scout.  In 2006, took over Barry Trapp as the Leafs Director of Amateur Scouting.

  • mORRganRielly

    One thing that Leafs Nation has always wondered out loud is how much emphasis is placed on your department’s shoulders to deconstruct a trade prior to approval when draft picks are involved.  Can you describe the process of a trade via your department’s eyes?

    It’s been reported that the Leafs had Morgan Rielly ranked first overall in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.  Given his immense upside and potential to be a franchise-level defenseman, what other teams do you know of had Rielly at the top of their draft board?
    Is puck possession ability a trait that you and your scouting staff look for given the ‘changed’ scope of how possession is measured indirectly via shots and shots attempted?
    How much of a factor does hockey sense and hockey IQ have in your scouting department and two, does having a high quotient of either means a higher likelihood of making the jump to the show?

    Can you explain what happened in Vancouver and why the drafting record was so poor?  And two, what changed in between Vancouver and Toronto that has made your record of uncovering NHL’ers jump?  Example: Between 2006 and 2009, you have converted 37% of your picks into NHL’ers.

    • Alex Tran

      mORRganRielly From last year’s issue:
      re: trade involvement
      ” Absolutely we’re involved. There is an ongoing discussion  between the scouting team and the upper management where a free flow of information is exchanged. I have daily  conversations with Dave Poulin and we are certainly involved when discussions involve amateur players or if we had seen junior players that are pieces of a potential trade. We also let them know whether a draft is strong or not so strong and how tightly we’d like to hang onto a particular draft selection.”

    • Mind Bomb

      mORRganRielly  Good questions,  Show Off !!!!


  • djamon

    What player does he consider “the one that got away”?

  • alanrodney

    do you believe there will be any veterans signed/ traded for / demoted to help lead the marlies, or will the entire team consist of up and coming prospects this year?

  • alanrodney

    does matt rupert appear to have a shot at landing a contract to keep playing alongside ryan rupert in the future?

  • mORRganRielly

    By the way, tell him that Morrgan Rielly is a big fan of his work.  He’ll look very confused at first.

  • Leaf Diehard

    For a draft that was as strong & deep as this years I was disappointed when Bolland who is a 3rd line centre was acquired for a 2nd & 4th round pick in this years draft. What are your thoughts on what the Leafs gave up?

  • Savo43

    What do you believe Frederik Gauthiers offensive upside is? Did you draw any NHL comparable’s in your assessment of him as a player?