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.
June 28 2014 09:13AM
With the 68th overall pick, the Toronto Maple Leafs selected Rinat Valiev of the Kootenay Ice. A 6'1, 196lb defender, Valiev put up scored five goals and 28 points in 55 games this past season.
June 27 2014 06:29PM
Oh, the Leafs don't draft skill? About that...
With the 8th overall pick, the Leafs went all in on the ultra-skilled center William Nylander out of MODO of the Swedish Hockey League. Son of Michael, the young Nylander is an offensive force, and absolutely tore up the international circuit with 12 goals and 25 points in only 14 games for Sweden's U-18 squad.
TLN's very own Bobby Cappucino wrote an excellent profile on Nylander just days ago. Read it here.
June 26 2014 04:15PM
Name: Nick Ritchie
Position: Left Wing
Junior Team: Peterborough (OHL)
Rankings: NHL CSS - 7th (NA), ISS - 10th, Justin’s List - 8th, Bobby’s List - 10th
I’ve spent more time talking about Nick Ritchie over the past few weeks than I’d like to admit. Amongst Leafs fans, who have taken exception to apparent “safe picks” made by Toronto with recent first round picks, there’s a very real paranoia surrounding the eighth overall pick.
“Like, what if they take Nick Ritchie? Isn’t he like Tyler Biggs 2.0?”
June 25 2014 06:46PM
Name: Brendan Perlini
Position: Left Wing
Junior Team: Niagara (OHL)
Rankings: NHL CSS - 8th (NA), ISS - 7th, Justin’s List - 11th, Bobby’s List - 13th
Forgive me, but this Brendan Perlini draft profile may sound a little familiar. Like many of the players expected to go in the first half of the opening round, Perlini is an offensively gifted winger with great speed and a great shot. This season, Perlini benefited from the likes of Ryan Strome and Brett Ritchie graduating to the pros, as he took on a much greater role on his Niagara Ice Dogs team. Forming instant chemistry with Leafs’ 2013 third round pick Carter Verhaeghe, Perlini scored an impressive 34 goals and 71 points in 58 games.