NHL Draft: Maple Leafs select Morgan Rielly at fifth overall

Cam Charron
June 22 2012 05:58PM

PITTSBURGH — Brian Burke apparently didn't shy away from the idea of selecting a Western Hockey League defenceman with the fifth overall pick in Friday's first round, selecting defenceman Morgan Rielly of the Moose Jaw Warriors.

After what seemed like eons of second-guessing and innuendo, the first four picks of the NHL Draft went generally as expected. Edmonton took Nail Yakupov, Columbus Ryan Murray, Montreal Alex Galchenyuk and New York Griffin Reinhart.

This left several options open for the Toronto Maple Leafs, but in the end, the pro scouting department and front office landed on Rielly, overlooking three defencemen on my board as well as skilled forwards Mikhail Grigorenko, Tuevo Teräväinen and even the defensively capable Radek Faksa.

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Draft Day! Maple Leafs' gameplan

Cam Charron
June 22 2012 09:03AM

It's Draft Day in a cloudy Pittsburgh, PA. The Toronto Maple Leafs, holders of the No. 5 overall pick, their highest since 2008, don't only have a chance to re-stock the cupboard with two virtual first round picks and a plethora of players available for trade.

Last season, the big moves were made around Draft Day. Philadelphia got rid of Mike Richards and Jeff Carter, San Jose dealt Devin Setoguchi for Brent Burns, and Troy Brouwer was sent to Washington.

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Moving Up And Down At The NHL Entry Draft: 2001 – 2011

Jonathan Willis
June 22 2012 08:24AM

What does it cost for a team to move up at the NHL Draft? What can a team gain by moving down?

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2012-2013 Maple Leafs Schedule Announced

Danny Gray
June 21 2012 12:37PM

Regularly Scheduled News Everyone! Today the NHL released the schedule for the 2012-2013 season. While the looming CBA negotiations may bring about a lockout for now we can stare at it with wonder. We’ll be taking a more in-depth look at the schedules, back to backs, strength of schedule, the potential impact of travel early next week. For now, here are some dates that stand out as “must sees”.  

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The Leafs Nation big board: Top Forwards

Cam Charron
June 21 2012 09:57AM

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Furthering up on our Defenceman/Goaltender "Big Board" from earlier today, we look now at the forwards on our list, at least one of which will be available at #5.

Using the collective analysis of Corey Pronman of Hockey Prospectus and Craig Button of TSN, I pieced together common things said and written about each prospect, along with what we ought to like and not like about the perceived talents of a hockey player. There are three centremen and three wingers on this list, and we're trying to find elements in these players' games that will make them good pieces at the NHL-level. With such a high pick in the draft, two-way play is at a premium.

Here are TLN's top forwards, ranked 1-through-6:

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