(Draft Day Mashup) The Day Has Arrived

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2014 NHL Entry Draft
2014 NHL Entry Draft

Will the Maple Leafs stick at eight? Who will they pick at 8? Will they move an RFA to grab another pick or two for tomorrow? Could we see something more earth-shattering? We’ll find out over the course of the next 12 hours.

The rumours are aplenty. Jason Spezza (in an apparent acquire-and-flip scenario, past tense, according to Bob McKenzie), Milan Michalek and Martin Brodeur are some of the names getting batted around the Leafs rumour mill.  It’s all likely BS typical of this time of year, but you never know.

With the sense that there is no consensus number one prospect but a fair amount of depth to the top 10-12 picks, there may be some movement up and down the order on the draft floor making this day all the more interesting.

At the very least, we know Leafs Nation will erupt in debate over the draft selection of a certain 18-year-old kid only a tiny fraction of the fanbase has seen enough to justify having an opinion on.

Let the fun begin.

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Alec Brownscombe is the founder of MapleLeafsHotStove.com, where he has written daily about the Leafs since September of 2008. He was also the editor of the 2009-12 Maple Leafs Annuals. You can contact him at [email protected]
  • LeafsForLife

    Every year i get psyched for the draft only to see very little of nothing happen. But i dont give up. This is the year it happens!!! (not sure what it is that will happen but pretty sure this is the one)

  • 4evrblue

    We’re getting Perlini!!!!!
    The article on Dion is hilarious. He wouldn’t want the Oilers to give up the 3rd pick for the 8th and Dion? Thats overpayment on our part IMO
    Thanks for the mashup Alec, gotta run to work now. Have a great day MLHS, wish I could be here to enjoy it with you all

  • maple1967leafs

    Zero more sleeps  !!!   well maybe a quick after noon nap,    :)

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DgsgWHQfY0 Kouba

    I can’t see the Leafs trading Phaneuf (or Kadri… or Gardiner) AND 8th pick to move up. With the class

    available it would seem like a massive overpayment.

    I like Michalek when he plays for the Czech team. Because there is no salary cap. 4.3 mil (at least) for another 3rd liner? No. The only Czech players I would like to see in the Leafs uniform are Sobotka (RFA! RFA!) or Hertl (no way it’s happening). Brodeur? MacIntyre.

    “At the very least, we know http://mapleleafshotstove.com/
    Nation will erupt in debate over the draft selection of a certain
    18-year-old kid only a tiny fraction of the fanbase has seen enough to
    justify having an opinion on.” – Should be carved in stone lol

    Who is your pick, Alec?

  • 4evrblue

    Work is cancelled due to a dumb ass boss. Looks like I’ll be here all day to laugh at BS rumors and make fun of Phooks diet with all of you fine folks :)

  • 4evrblue

    Kouba  The only way it makes sense to move Dion or any of those guys to move up is if we get something more back.
    Dion + 8th to Edmonton for 3rd + Mitch Moroz or another prospect

  • daniel marois

    4evrblue Kouba

    Yup.  Something more would need to be added.  Like that crazy rumour that the Leafs are sending Phaneuf and Kadri with #8 to Florida for #1 and Kulikov.   That trade WON’T happen – but at least someone else is coming back other than a draft pick.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DgsgWHQfY0 Kouba

    4evrblue Kouba Makes more sense I admit, but still I don’t know if I would do the trade you propose :)

  • daniel marois

    Kouba 4evrblue

    Not my proposal – give credit to some guy who bills himself as “Hockey Insiderr” LOL.  Who is your pick for the Leafs at 8? Do you want them to move up into a top-3 pick?

  • Yaknowwhat

    As your dumb ass boss…work is now cancelled permanently for you… : )