The Leafs Almost Assuredly Drafted An NHL Regular Today

Shawn Reis
June 25 2016 05:58PM

There are some pretty bitter people on Hockey Twitter today, what with the Leafs drafting so many draft over-agers, not to mention a trio of defensemen with questionable offensive upside.

I'm not one of those bitter people though. The draft is such a crapshoot, and in reality, many of the players I would've preferred the Leafs to have taken at a given pick will in end up being absolutely nothing anyways. Such is the random nature of the draft.

There's also another reason not to be too upset: the Leafs made 10 picks today. Given the aforementioned random nature of the draft, to me once you're getting past the first couple of rounds it's more important to have a quantity of picks rather than a quality.

In fact, if history is any indication, the Leafs probably did really well for themselves today. If history is any indication, the Leafs probably drafted at least one long-time NHLer.

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Mark Hunter gives thoughts on some of the new Leafs picks

Jeff Veillette
June 25 2016 05:20PM

Mark Hunter, who is the Director of Player Personnel for the Toronto Maple Leafs, spoke to the media today about the players that his team acquired in rounds 2 through 7. We have the video of the scrum after the jump, along with a few of the answers that were player specific in text form.

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Should the Toronto Maple Leafs claim Scott Harrington off Waivers?

Jeff Veillette
June 25 2016 01:02PM

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Less than an hour ago, the Toronto Maple Leafs traded Scott Harrington and a conditional fifth round pick from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Kerby Rychel, who is a good 21-year-old hockey player that most teams are probably kicking themselves for not continuing to kick tires on.

But let's look at the condition of that pick one more time.

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Leafs trade Scott Harrington, Conditional Pick for Kerby Rychel

Jeff Veillette
June 25 2016 12:12PM

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The Toronto Maple Leafs might be done at the draft, but that doesn't mean they're finished taking care of business in Buffalo. Shortly after the last selection was made, the blue and white finished off a deal which sent Scott Harrington and a conditional draft pick to the Columbus Blue Jackets for 21-year-old forward Kerby Rychel.

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Toronto Maple Leafs at the 2016 draft: The final results

Jeff Veillette
June 25 2016 11:33AM

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The Toronto Maple Leafs completed rounds 2 through 7 of the 2016 NHL Entry draft today, selecting seven forwards, three defencemen, and a goaltender in a draft that has people scratching their heads just a little.

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