June 30 2013 07:24PM
On Draft Day the Toronto Maple Leafs didn't make a big splash like last season when they flipped Luke Schenn to the Philadelphia Flyers for James van Riemsdyk, but they did make a move that will impact the team next season by acquiring David Bolland for three picks.
Like I've mentioned, this is a low risk, medium reward type deal for the Maple Leafs. While Bolland's contract is expensive, he's only under contract for one more season and if things don't work out, things don't work out. That said, he provides an immediate offensive and defensive upgrade over Tyler Bozak, and the Leafs will go into next season with an upgraded Top Six.
June 30 2013 06:47PM
With the 21st overall pick, the Toronto Maple Leafs selected the Rimouski Oceanic's Frederik Gauthier, a hulking centre with high-end defensive skills.
To be honest, it's a little underwhelming.
One can't be too upset with the Gauthier selection. It's not often a team has the opportunity to add a 6'5, 214lb shutdown centre to their stable. If anything, criticism of the pick is rooted in the notion that the Leafs played it too safe. Gauthier appeared in 62 games this past season, scoring 22 goals and 38 assists for 60 points. Not a bad stat line, but not indicative of a future point-producing juggernaut.
June 30 2013 04:54PM
Leafs have landed Dave Bolland.— James Mirtle (@mirtle) June 30, 2013
Toronto trades picks 51, 117 and a fourth rounder in 2014 for Bolland.— James Mirtle (@mirtle) June 30, 2013
Very difficult to gauge how I feel about this one.
From one perspective, it's nice to see that the Toronto Maple Leafs added an NHLer to their roster without giving up an NHLer in return. Second and fourth round picks don't usually amount to much, and it takes a lot of luck and patience. Bolland is a player who will immediately fit on the Leafs roster, signed at $3.375M for the next year before going to UFA.
June 30 2013 03:18PM
Credit to Nations photo Dimitri Filopovic
Somewhat expected, the Toronto Maple Leafs went with the big centreman Frederick Gauthier of the Rimouski Oceanic with the 21st overall pick. Gauthier had been given to the Leafs in several mock drafts—either him or Kerby Rychel—as the Maple Leafs continue the theme of drafting size rather than skill among forwards.
The pick isn't *awful*, but it is a *safe* pick. Pierre McGuire stated the obvious when he suggested that Gauthier will never be like Ron Francis. It's not a reach, as Gauthier was ranked No. 20 in our NHL Numbers consensus picks, but considering a skilled forward like Hunter Shinkaruk had fallen to the Leafs spot, I can understand if fans feel the team didn't try to hit a home run.
June 30 2013 09:30AM
Mississauga's Spencer Martin (Photo: www.mississaugasteelheads.com)
Ahead of this afternoon's draft, we've been looking at some of the players that may be possible first round draft targets for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Not one of them a goaltender.
There's several good reasons for this. Most significantly, there's only a goaltender or two expected to go in the first round. Then there's the fact that during Dave Morrison's tenure as top scout, the Leafs have drafted only three goaltenders in seven drafts.
Still, who's to say a goalie isn't 21st on the Leafs' draft rankings? Or 10th? Or 1st? (I mean really, would you put something that silly past them?)