Leafs Draft Preview: Forward Thinking

Justin Fisher
June 28 2013 08:08AM


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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... 

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Dave Morrison's draft tendencies

Justin Fisher
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... 

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Leafs Beat Devils 2-1; Thank God for James Reimer

Justin Fisher
April 07 2013 11:31AM

 

Hey guys, Cam has asked me to do the post-game tonight. And seeing as it’s well past midnight and I’ve just gotten back from Steve Dangle’s engagement party (congratulations Steve!), this is going to have to be short and sweet. If you're unhappy with the following recap, blame me, then blame Cam for trusting me with this in the first place.

If you were hoping for a wide open, free-wheeling, shot-happy game, boy this must have been hell for you. Still, the Leafs managed to bank a couple points in a 2-1 win over the Devils despite being largely outplayed.

Some thoughts on the game…

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Leafs Prospect Update: March 4th, 2013

Justin Fisher
March 05 2013 10:04AM

The Toronto Maple Leafs put pen to paper on one of their top forward prospects last night, signing Kitchener Rangers winger Josh Leivo to a 3-year entry level contract. Drafted in the 3rd round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Leivo has gone from ‘long shot’ to ‘future pro’ pretty damn quick.

A little bit of backstory... Leivo was drafted in the 11th round of the 2009 OHL Priority Draft, wasn’t even ranked in NHL Central Scouting’s final 2011 list, and still got drafted in the top 100 at the 2011 NHL Draft... Not bad.

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Leafs Prospect Update: February 26th, 2013

Justin Fisher
February 26 2013 07:30AM

Tony Cameranesi (Photo: WCHA)

Tony Cameranesi had an assist in Minnesota Duluth’s 5-3 loss to cross-campus rivals Minnesota on Friday night, and went pointless in Saturday’s 2-2 tie.

It’s fair to say that Cameranesi is playing through a little bit of a slump. The UMD Bulldogs are mired in a nine-game winless streak, during which Cameranesi has managed only two goals and two assists. Four points in nine games isn’t awful, but it should be noted that prior to this stretch Cameranesi had 22 points in 23 games.

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