June 30 2014 04:53PM
It appears that Dave Morrison, the Toronto Maple Leafs’ Director of Amateur Scouting, has pleasantly surprised a good number of his critics.
While a few of the newest Leafs certainly possess size and strength, each one of them has a developing offensive game that the organization’s prospect pool certainly lacked. With all due respect to Connor Brown, Andreas Johnson, and Carter Verhaeghe, offensive skill was an area that the Leafs sorely needed to improve upon.
June 28 2014 11:27AM
With their last pick in the draft, the Leafs selected Swedish winger Pierre Engvall out of Frolunda's J20 SuperElit team. At 6'4, 190lbs, Toronto waited until the 7th round, 188th overall to draft size - and they'll be getting some skill to go along with it.
June 28 2014 10:58AM
Apparently, Dave Morrison was a big fan of American junior league players this year.
To go along with USHL picks J.J. Piccinich and Dakota Joshua, the Leafs selected 6'0, 190lb left winger Nolan Vesey with their 6th round pick, 158th overall.
June 28 2014 10:31AM
With their 5th round pick, 128th overall, the Toronto Maple Leafs selected Dakota Joshua of the USHL's Sioux Falls Stampede. Joshua is a 6'2, 182lbs centre with some offensive skill.
June 28 2014 10:09AM
With their 4th round pick the Leafs looked to the USHL, selecting right winger J.J. Piccinich of the Youngstown Phantoms. Piccinich scored 27 goals and 58 points in 60 games this year, good for second in team scoring and 13th in the USHL. Piccinich stands at 5'11 and weighs 190lbs.