Toronto Selects Travis Dermott with the 34th Overall Pick

Justin Fisher
June 27 2015 08:30AM

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After trading down not once but twice, and right out of the first round yesterday, the Toronto Maple Leafs have picked up Erie Otters defenceman Travis Dermott with the 34th overall pick.

This is, to be honest, a bit of a surprise. Toronto had previously made a pretty big deal about needing to "hit a home run" with their late 1st round pick - I assume the same would apply to their early second rounder. With a number of expected first round talents still available today, such as Charlottetown's Daniel Sprong, Prince George's Jansen Harkins and AIK's Oliver Kylington, the Leafs still felt Dermott was their best option.

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Wrapping Up The Leafs' First Round

Justin Fisher
June 26 2015 10:12PM

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Missed out on all the of the first round action? Don't worry! Here's all the quick and dirty details from Day 1.

Leafs Land Mitch Marner

This seemed like destiny, despite all of our chit-chat about other prospects and potential trade-down scenarios involving the 4th overall pick. In the end, Toronto would sit tight and draft the highly-skilled Mitch Marner, a player that both Mark Hunter and amateur scout Lindsay Hofford were intimately familiar with.

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Movers and Shakers: Leafs Trade Down... Again, Get Two Picks From Columbus

Justin Fisher
June 26 2015 08:37PM

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The Toronto Maple Leafs continue to stockpile draft picks, having traded down once again. Striking a deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Leafs have moved down from 29th overall for both the 34th and 68th overall picks. 

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Movers and Shakers: Leafs Trade Down, Will Now Pick 29th

Justin Fisher
June 26 2015 07:52PM

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The Toronto Maple Leafs have made a pretty interesting trade with the Philadelphia Flyers, moving the 24th overall pick to the Flyers in exchange for the 29th and 61st overall picks.

With the 24th pick, Philadelphia selected Ottawa's Travis Konecny.

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Deep Dip: Mitchell Marner

Justin Fisher
June 26 2015 06:39PM

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With files from Thomas Drance. 

It wasn't an easy decision.

Earlier today, it looked like Toronto had narrowed their prime targets down to London's Mitchell Marner and Boston College's Noah Hanifin. On one hand, Director of Player Personnel and former Knight Mark Hunter wanted to reunite himself with Marner. On the other, head coach Mike Babcock preferred that his new club build from the blueline out with Hanifin. More from the Globe and Mail's James Mirtle...

Some in Leafs management like pint-sized London Knights forward Mitch Marner. Others are fans of big Boston College defenceman Noah Hanifin.
The two players have completely different skill sets, backgrounds and development curves, so weighing the pros and cons gets complicated. And members of the Leafs’ four-headed management team all have different ideas about what kind of player is most vital to a team that’s rebuilding.

Ultimately, the Leafs went with the winger.

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