June 27 2015 06:40PM
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If you're a fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs, you might not really know how to feel about their 2015 Draft.
The Leafs' front office spent weeks outlining their goals for the weekend: acquire as many picks as they could, and draft as many high-end skill as possible. Toronto certainly accomplished the latter in the first round when they took Mitch Marner of the London Knights with the fourth overall pick, but it looked like the Maple Leafs lost their own plot as early as the second round when, after trading their second first-round pick twice, they went off the board with the 34th overall selection.
Did they correct the ship in the later rounds? Here's your full 2015 NHL Entry Draft run down...
June 27 2015 11:44AM
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This is going to make a lot of people very happy.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have snapped up talented Sarnia Sting forward Nikita Korostelev with the 185th pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. That's pretty amazing, as Korostelev was widely regarded as a 2nd or 3rd round talent.
At 6'1, 196lbs, the right-shooting Korostelev put up 24 goals and 53 points in 55 games for Sarina, leading the team in scoring. Born in Moscow, Korostelev crossed the Atlantic years ago and played for the Toronto Jr. Canadiens before being drafted into the OHL.
June 27 2015 10:40AM
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I'm beginning to think that "small, skilled forwards" was a major priority for the Leafs this year.
Dipping into the QMJHL for their 5th round selection, the Toronto Maple Leafs have drafted Dmytro Timashov of the Quebec Remparts. A 5'9, 192lb winger, Timashov scored 19 goals and a team-leading (and rookie-leading) 90 points in 66 games this season. In the playoffs, Timashov added another 18 points in 22 games.
June 27 2015 10:03AM
It looks like Toronto is going on a mini-run of skilled European picks.
With the 95th selection, their first of two in the fourth round, the Leafs have selected defenceman Jesper Lindgren out of MODO's J20 squad. Standing 6'0, 160lbs, Lindgren is an offensive defenceman with good speed.
June 27 2015 09:34AM
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With their second selection in the third round, the Toronto Maple Leafs have drafted Martins Dzierkals out of HK Riga of the MHL, Russia's top junior league.
You're not going to find a whole lot of info on the diminutive Latvian forward online. What we do know is that Dzierkals is a 5'11, 170lb left-handed shot that scored 10 goals and 28 points in 32 games for RIga this year. Internationally, Dzierkals represented Latvia in U18 and U20 tournaments, scoring nine points in six games at the WJC U18 tournament, and another four points in four games at the WJC U20 Division 1 - Group A tournament.