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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Toronto Drafts Mitchell Marner With 4th Overall Pick

Justin Fisher
June 26 2015 05:38PM

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It looks like Mark Hunter got his guy.

The Toronto Maple Leafs have drafted London Knights forward Mitchell Marner with the 4th pick of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. I imagine he's pretty happy about it.

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