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.
June 27 2015 09:28AM
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The Leafs have selected defenceman Andrew Nielsen from the Lethbridge Hurricanes of the WHL with their 65th overall pick.
June 27 2015 09:27AM
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Toronto went a little bit off the board with their first pick of the day, taking Erie defenseman Travis Dermott 34th overall with names like Kylington, Sprong, and Harkins still on the board.
To end the second round though, the team took a player that was ranked 24th by TLN in our final draft rankings. With the 61st pick in the draft, Toronto took USNTDP winger Jeremy Bracco.
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.