June 28 2014 10:09AM
With their 4th round pick the Leafs looked to the USHL, selecting right winger J.J. Piccinich of the Youngstown Phantoms. Piccinich scored 27 goals and 58 points in 60 games this year, good for second in team scoring and 13th in the USHL. Piccinich stands at 5'11 and weighs 190lbs.
June 28 2014 10:04AM
The Leafs have traded defenceman Carl Gunnarsson and the 94th pick overall to the St. Louis Blues for defenceman Roman Polak.
I'm at the draft right now and when the trade was announced it was dead silent... Well, except for the guy behind me who yelled "THAT'S A HORRIBLE TRADE!" loud enough that the entire arena heard him.
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...