June 28 2014 09:13AM
With the 68th overall pick, the Toronto Maple Leafs selected Rinat Valiev of the Kootenay Ice. A 6'1, 196lb defender, Valiev put up scored five goals and 28 points in 55 games this past season.
June 27 2014 06:29PM
Oh, the Leafs don't draft skill? About that...
With the 8th overall pick, the Leafs went all in on the ultra-skilled center William Nylander out of MODO of the Swedish Hockey League. Son of Michael, the young Nylander is an offensive force, and absolutely tore up the international circuit with 12 goals and 25 points in only 14 games for Sweden's U-18 squad.
TLN's very own Bobby Cappucino wrote an excellent profile on Nylander just days ago. Read it here.
Nation World HQ
June 27 2014 05:35PM
Welcome to the Nations liveblog! We'll be updating things here all night long as the action unfolds. Trades, picks, speculation and punditry will be the order of the day.
the draft is Christmas in June for most hockey fans. Especially the Nations collective since every single Nations club has a pick inside the top-10. Edmonton (3), Calgary (4), Vancouver (6), Toronto (8) and Winnipeg (9) will all come away with high-end prospects this evening. Unless a GM goes off board or trades the pick for some immediate help. Don't say it can't happen. We all know Dave Nonis is dying to flip Kadri and 8th so they can pick Nick Ritchie...
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
June 27 2014 02:40PM
It looks like the Toronto Maple Leafs are swinging for the fences this afternoon. According to Mike Kelly of the NHL Network, the Florida Panthers are considering an offer from Toronto for the first overall pick that includes Left Winger James Van Riemsdyk.
June 27 2014 10:02AM
Ok, Bergeron 2.0 is a pretty unfair question to ask, but you can blame Jared McCann for that. His gifted offensive talents combined with the pride he takes in shutting the opposition down could make him a name that comes up in Selke talk in the future.
I was fortunate enough to talk to the projected mid-to-late first-rounder about his game, his development, and learning both ends of the ice. Warning: May also contain totally sweet highlight reel video.