The Leafs' 2014 Draft, Second Rounders, and the New-Look Prospect Pool

Justin Fisher
June 30 2014 04:53PM


It appears that Dave Morrison, the Toronto Maple Leafs’ Director of Amateur Scouting, has pleasantly surprised a good number of his critics.

With each of their six picks in the 2014 NHL draft, the Toronto Maple Leafs selected players known more for their point production potential as opposed to their size, grit, and defensive acumen. 

While a few of the newest Leafs certainly possess size and strength, each one of them has a developing offensive game that the organization’s prospect pool certainly lacked. With all due respect to Connor Brown, Andreas Johnson, and Carter Verhaeghe, offensive skill was an area that the Leafs sorely needed to improve upon.

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Talk Or Walk: The 11th Hour

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
June 30 2014 11:26AM

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Unrestricted free agents officially hit the market in 23 hours. They've been able to speak to other teams for the past few days, but players can officially skip out of their respective towns faster than you can say Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond (who coincidentally, is not a UFA). The Leafs could be walking away from a pile of players tomorrow. But should they be trying to make some last second pushes?

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WHO-lemin?: A discussion of Nikolai Kulemin, the player he is, and what he brings to a team

Steve Dangle
June 30 2014 11:15AM

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If you've ever watched my videos or listened to my podcast, you know I'm a pretty excitable guy. When I feel a certain way about sometime, I'm not exactly one for subtlety. A month months ago I had an idea for a piece where I wanted to talk about how the Leafs were absolutely nuts for even considering moving forward without Nikolai Kulemin

Perspective is a very key thing though. I'm confident in the opinions I have, but when I'm not sure I'm totally right I don't like to pretend that I am. I called up pro scout Gus Katsaros (give that guy a follow), and we had a long discussion about the man I call the Magnitogorsk Mule.

Rather than write what I had originally planned, I'm posting the full transcribed discussion with Gus. After all, this seems like it'll be Kulemin's last day as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs if all reports are correct. So Leafs fans, read this to see who the Leafs are losing and how they replace him, and Penguins fans if you're here, here's the guy you'll probably be watching next season if the rumours are true.

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Leafs Buy Out Tim Gleason

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
June 30 2014 10:31AM

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In a move that frees up some much needed cap space in the final hours before free agency, the Toronto Maple Leafs have bought out the contract of Tim Gleason. It's a regular buyout that will count towards the Salary Cap for four more years.

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Nation Network recap of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft with Steve Dangle and Dimitri Filipovic

Steve Dangle
June 29 2014 06:20PM

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DRAFT RECAP! Steve Dangle of Leafs Nation (me) and Dimitri Filipovic from Canucks Army recap the action from Philadelphia and the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

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