June 26 2015 08:37PM
Screencap via Leafs TV
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.
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.
June 26 2015 06:39PM
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.
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.
June 26 2015 03:42PM
Brendan Shanahan and Co. are "preparing for many options" with the 24th pick in the NHL Draft.
The Leafs, who are picking fourth overall, are one of a handful of teams with the luxury of having two picks in the opening round of the draft, which kicks off Friday night in Florida.
Shanahan expects to make a selection at No. 4 (most likely Dylan Strome, Noah Hanifan or Mitch Marner depending how the chips fall with the Arizona Coyotes), but the Leafs president is open to trading the 24th pick in an effort to move up or back in the draft.