Maple Leafs select John Piccinich 103rd overall


The Maple Leafs have selected John Piccinich out of the USHL with their 103rd overall selection in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

Piccinich is a 6’0, 190-pound right winger from New Jersey who is committed to Boston University for next season. He was the 135th ranked skater according to the Central Scouting Service’s final rankings.

Boston University head coach David Quinn on Piccinich:

“Makes great plays in the offensive zone… strong on his skates and gets to the dirty areas… game translates well to college hockey… another guy who people will enjoy away from the rink.”

Dave Morrison on John Piccinich:

“He’s a real hungry goal scorer kind of kid. He’s got a real thick build. He’s not a tall kid, but he’s a thick kid. He can score. It’s what he does; he’s got real good puck poise around the net. He shoots well. He’s going right into Boston University, and BU is in transition.  They’re going to go with a lot of young players next year. He’s going to get every opportunity to get a significant role next year even, in his first year as a freshman. We like him as a kid; he’s got that twinkle in his eye. He loves the game, he loves to be at the rink, and he’s got that real good stick. We’re hopeful he’s going to jump right in there next year and keep that development going.”

John Piccinich Scouting Report

“Piccinich is a playmaker who has strong vision and creativity with the puck on his stick, especially when given time and space. He has good senses and a decent shot selection. Inconsistency in his efforts need to be ironed out. ”
– Elite Prospects

John Piccinich Stats

2013-2014USA U-18USHL10000
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  1. I am surprised at all the Gunnar trade hand wringing. Do we really think we will even notice he is gone. Clearly Gardiner/Reilly are moving up the LD depth chart. I am happy to see a defensive minded tough RD man come back our way. As for the 4th round pick, meh, STL must have had some other offers that were comparable, but we will never know on that front. We need tougher D and tougher forwards. Step one of a few others I hope.

  2. Gilbey93 Who cares? He didn’t pay any attention when we spent the last 5 years drafting more Ontario born players than any other team.

  3. Coldincowtown Yeah, what’s a 4th round pick here, a second there, a free agent walking, a forced trade to avoid losing someone on waivers, etc.?  It all adds up to a frittering away of resources by non-astute management.

  4. Mattmark Coldincowtown It is embarrassing and unacceptable in an age where fans can follow along this closely.

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