June 30 2013 06:47PM
With the 21st overall pick, the Toronto Maple Leafs selected the Rimouski Oceanic's Frederik Gauthier, a hulking centre with high-end defensive skills.
To be honest, it's a little underwhelming.
One can't be too upset with the Gauthier selection. It's not often a team has the opportunity to add a 6'5, 214lb shutdown centre to their stable. If anything, criticism of the pick is rooted in the notion that the Leafs played it too safe. Gauthier appeared in 62 games this past season, scoring 22 goals and 38 assists for 60 points. Not a bad stat line, but not indicative of a future point-producing juggernaut.
June 30 2013 09:30AM
Mississauga's Spencer Martin (Photo: www.mississaugasteelheads.com)
Ahead of this afternoon's draft, we've been looking at some of the players that may be possible first round draft targets for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Not one of them a goaltender.
There's several good reasons for this. Most significantly, there's only a goaltender or two expected to go in the first round. Then there's the fact that during Dave Morrison's tenure as top scout, the Leafs have drafted only three goaltenders in seven drafts.
Still, who's to say a goalie isn't 21st on the Leafs' draft rankings? Or 10th? Or 1st? (I mean really, would you put something that silly past them?)
June 28 2013 08:08AM
On Tuesday, we took a look at Dave Morrison's draft record in hopes of finding some pattern that might help us identify some potential draft targets in this coming Sunday's NHL Entry Draft. While we were able to see the Leafs favour North American players, little else could be pulled from the numbers.
Morrison has selected three forwards and three defencemen with six first round picks in the past seven drafts. Goalies have been snubbed, which many would argue is a good thing. In fact, Morrison has only drafted three goaltenders in the past seven years, with the highest drafted being a 4th rounder (James Reimer, 2006).
Today, we'll take a look at the forwards who the Leafs might find attractive at 21st overall...
June 25 2013 08:51AM
With the 2013 NHL Entry Draft less than a week away, we're going to take a few minutes to profile not one of the draft eligible players, but the man who's running the show for the Leafs - Dave Morrison.
An old hand from the John Ferguson Jr. era, Morrison was promoted to Director of Amateur Scouting in 2006.
In 2013, it's fair to say that Morrison's first few shots at the draft were successful, despite lacking a number of early round picks. How successful? Read on...