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?)
June 30 2013 09:02AM
Plus ça change...
Be wary of unsourced information. There are so many rumours that are going to come up within the next week or so, and without knowing the sources, it's hard to know who is using whom to mess with who.
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
June 30 2013 12:34AM
June 29 2013 12:52PM
There are an awful lot of trade rumours out there and few have any substance behind them. We'll concentrate instead on stuff that is likely to come out to be true or false in the coming days.
Earlier, the Leafs gave qualifying offers to all of the players on the team's NHL roster, meaning that they'll all keep their restricted free agent status when their contracts expire. QOs are generally one-year, small raises on the previous deal and are rejected by most key NHL players, allowing the team and the player to work on something more substantial.
But here's a fun nugget from Aaron Ward:
Told Mark Fraser got QO from the Toronto Maple Leafs on a 2 way Qualifier and will not accept #TSN— Aaron Ward (@aaronward_nhl) June 29, 2013
This is good news.